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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.