• Kathryn Morris has a net worth of over $4 million and has been acting since 1991
• She grew up in Cincinnati and attended Northeastern Christian Junior College, Temple University and was involved in a gospel group called The Morris Code
• She is best known for her leading role in the television series “Cold Case”, portraying Detective Lilly Rush
• She has also had roles in various mainstream television programs and films, including “As Good as It Gets” and “Moneyball”
• She has been dating actor Johnny Messner since the 2000s and they have twins born in 2013

Short Info

Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 28, 1969
FactAttended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a couple of years in the early 1990s.

Who is Kathryn Morris?

Kathryn Susan Morris was born on 28 January 1969, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and is an actress, best known for her leading role in the television series “Cold Case”, in which she portrays Detective Lilly Rush. She’s also appeared in various mainstream television programs and films during her career.

The Riches of Kathryn Morris

As of early-2020, Kathryn Morris’ net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry since 1991, though mostly in supporting roles apart from a handful of projects including “Cold Case”. Nevertheless, her consistent work led to the status of her wealth.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Kathryn grew up in Cincinnati, where her mother worked in insurance while her father was very active as a pastor and Bible Scholar. She was raised in a Christian family and had close ties to her father’s siblings. They often traveled together to nearby areas with a gospel group called The Morris Code. She grew up alongside five siblings, and at a young age developed an interest in the performing arts.

During high school she took up theatre lessons, and after matriculating started looking at opportunities in her area. One of her first projects was in a Japanese music video that was inspired by the “Grease” musical.

On her way to the shoot, she became involved in a hit-and-run incident with a car hitting her while she was walking. Despite a minor injury, she still made it to the filming, illustrating her determination to fully pursue a career as an actress.

Further Education and Professional Acting Gigs

Wanting to make it out on her own, she enrolled at Northeastern Christian Junior College, moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completing her studies there, she continued on to complete an undergraduate degree at Temple University in the same city. The university is known for being one of the largest higher education institutions in the state and has been running since 1884.

Afterwards she went on her pursuit of a professional acting career, making her first appearance in the television movie “Long Road Home”. More opportunities opened up for her, though she mainly had support roles in other television movies, including “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells all”, “Sweet Justice”, and “Murder, She Wrote”. She also made her film debut in “Cool as Ice”, a musical featuring the film debut of Vanilla Ice though the film failed commercially and critically. She continued with independent projects and direct-to-video films, until she made a noticeable performance in a minor role in “As Good as It Gets”, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.

It tells the story of a novelist, a misanthrope who gets involved with several people in his usual routine. The film was very successful, leading to an Academy Award for both main actors, and Kathryn attracted a lot of attention for her portrayal of a psychiatric patient.

Regular Roles

In 1997, Kathryn got her first regular television role in “Pensacola: Wings of Gold”, in which she portrayed the character Stinger; the show is named after Pensacola, Florida, and its Naval Air Station there, and follows the story of a squadron of pilots. Many of its storylines led to the crew filming in various parts around the world.

Kathryn Morris

After a year with the show, she then had a guest role in “Xena: Warrior Princess”, followed in 2000 with a part in the film “The Contender”, which starred Gary Oldman and Christian Slater. The film is based on the Lewinsky scandal involving then-President Bill Clinton and his impeachment, however, the film gained a bit of controversy, particularly when Oldman became displeased at some alterations that were made before the film was released. The film was an Academy Award contender, and led Kathryn to be noticed by director Steven Spielberg who then cast her in two films – “AI: Artificial Intelligence” and “Minority Report” starring Tom Cruise.

Cold Case and Recent Projects

In 2003, Morris auditioned successfully for the leading role in “Cold Case”. The show ran until 2010, focusing on a fictional version of the Philadelphia Police Department and its division which handles the titular cold cases, meaning those that remain unsolved due to the lack of evidence and information surrounding the crime. The show became very successful, and it even led to two international adaptations. Early in its run, it was accused by fans and creators of the Canadian series “Cold Squad” as a copycat, as their show debuted earlier and had the same premise.

Despite the controversy, no legal action was taken, indicating that things may have been settled away from court.

While “Cold Case” remained a staple of CBS programming for a long time, it was eventually canceled due to decreasing ratings, cut even after an attempt to revive its ratings by changing the show’s schedule. Since then, she has been mainly focused on film work with some of her recent projects including “Moneyball”, “Bone Tomahawk”, and “The Dirt”. She also had a guest role in the show “Colony”, and in 2018 became one of the regulars of the show “Reverie”, but which was canceled after just a year.

Personal Life

Kathryn Morris has been dating actor Johnny Messner since the 2000s, as the duo met while working on “Cold Case”. They haven’t married nor shown any signs of wanting to do so. He is known for his work in projects such as “Tears of the Sun”, “Hostage”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Cold Case”.

In 2013 she announced that they were expecting twins who were born sometime in the middle of the year.

One of her favorite films is 1982’s “Sophie’s Choice”, which she credits as the film that drew her to pursue an acting career.

General Info

Full NameKathryn Morris
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 28, 1969
Height1.7 m
EducationTemple University


ChildrenJameson Messner, Rocco Messner
ParentsStanley Morris, Joyce Morris
PartnerJohnny Messner, Johnny Messner


MoviesMinority Report, Mindhunters, Cougars, Inc., Resurrecting the Champ, Paycheck, The Perfect Guy, Bone Tomahawk, The Contender, The Sweeter Side of Life, Assassination of a High School President, Cool as Ice, As Good as It Gets, Sleepstalker, And Never Let Her Go, Role of a Lifetime, A Friend to Die F...
TV ShowsCold Case, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Sweet Justice

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1Sophie's Choice (1982) is actually the reason I became an actress.


1Gave birth to her twin sons (her 1st & 2nd children) at age 44, Jameson West Messner & Rocco McQueen Messner on August 21, 2013. Children's father is her boyfriend, Johnny Messner.
2Has been in a relationship with Johnny Messner since 2010. They have twin sons together.
3As a child, traveled with her family as a gospel singing group.
4Grew up in Windsor Locks, Connecticut with her 6 siblings.
5Has had a part in all of director Rod Lurie's features to date: Deterrence (1999), The Contender (2000) and The Last Castle (2001) (scenes deleted).
6Has now appeared in two screen adaptations of a Philip K. Dick work: Minority Report (2002) and Paycheck (2003).
7Attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a couple of years in the early 1990s.




Cold Case2003-2010TV SeriesLilly Rush
Assassination of a High School President2008Nurse Platt
Resurrecting the Champ2007Joyce Kernan
Mindhunters2004Sara Moore
Paycheck2003Rita Dunne
Hostage2002ShortLinda Delacroix (The Hostage)
Minority Report2002Lara Clarke
Role of a Lifetime2002Chelsea Cellini
The Mind of the Married Man2001TV SeriesSandy
The Last Castle2001DOD Investigator (scenes deleted)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001Teenage Honey
And Never Let Her Go2001TV MovieAnne Marie Fahey
The Contender2000Paige Willomina
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For2000TV MoviePatricia Williams
Hell Swarm2000TV MovieAllie
Providence1999TV SeriesMolly
Deterrence1999Lizzie Woods
Screenplay1999TV MovieFanny
Inherit the Wind1999TV MovieRachel Brown
Ksena: karingoji princese1998-1999TV SeriesNajara
The Magnificent Seven1999TV SeriesCharlotte Richmond
Inferno1998TV MovieRyan Tibbet
Pensacola: Wings of Gold1997-1998TV SeriesStinger
The Prophecy II1998VideoAnxious Mother
As Good as It Gets1997Psychiatric Patient
Poltergeist: The Legacy1997TV SeriesLaura Davis
Paper Dragons1996Kate
The Prince1996/IEmily
Ink1996TV SeriesWoman
Relativity1996TV SeriesSylvie
Silk Stalkings1996TV SeriesJudith Millay
L.A. Firefighters1996TV SeriesHelen Regan
Murder, She Wrote1996TV SeriesDoreen the Waitress
Family Values1995TV MovieBorgyork Grumm
W.E.I.R.D. World1995TV MovieLucy, Monochian's Assistant
A Friend to Die For1994TV MovieMonica Whitley
Sweet Justice1994TV SeriesRemy
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All1994TV MovieZundro (Sandra)
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story1994TV MovieAngela (as Kathy Morris)
Cool as Ice1991Jen (as Kathy Morris)
Long Road Home1991TV MovieBilly Jo Robertson (as Kathy Morris)
Malibu Hot Summer1981Singing Contestant
The Perfect Guy2015completedKaren
Bone Tomahawk2015post-productionLorna Hunt
Alice, Sweet AliceannouncedCatherine Spages (rumored)
Roommate Wanted2015VideoOlivia Morgan
The Coin2013/IShortRachael
The Sweeter Side of Life2013TV MovieDesiree Harper
The Surgeon General2013TV MovieLydia
Sunday's Mother2012ShortGillian
Cougars Inc.2011Alison


Malibu Hot Summer1981performer: "Running Away Again" / writer: "Running Away Again"


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Question Presenter
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008-2010TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming
CBS Cares2003-2009TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Séries express2008TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHerself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2007TV MovieHerself
10th Annual Prism Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2005TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2005TV SeriesHerself
The View2005TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004TV SeriesHerself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHerself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
'Minority Report': The Players2002Video documentary shortHerself
The Wright Stuff2002TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Poltergeist: The Legacy1999TV SeriesLaura Davis
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesMegan

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