“She’s a very modern woman who’s capable of breaking down walls but remains very much a part of the team. She can be feminine and powerful at the same time. She doesn’t have to work the system or pile on the lip gloss to get ahead, yet she’s not perfect. There are difficulties in her relationships.” Kathryn Morris on her role in “Cold Case”
First receiving notice as helicopter pilot Annalisa “Stinger” Lindstrom on “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1997-1998) and villain Najara on the series “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1998-1999), actress Kathryn Morris acted in a number of TV films and made guest appearances in many series before acquiring TV stardom as Detective Lilly Rush on the hit cop drama “Cold Case” (CBS, 2003-present). Her TV movie credits include “The Long Road Home” (1991), “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” (1994), “W.E.I.R.D. World” (1995), “The Inferno” (1998), “Inherit the Wind” (1999), “Hell Swarm” (2000) and “The Hire: Hostage” (2002). As a movie actress, Morris, who kicked off her film career with Vanilla Ice's vehicle “Cool as Ice” (1991), is probably best remembered as Tom Cruise's wife in the Steven Spielberg directed “Minority Report” (2002). She is also known for her collaboration with filmmaker Rod Lurie, who cast her in such vehicles as “Deterrence” (1999), “The Contender” (2000) and “Resurrecting the Champ” (2007), with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. Other films in which she has acted in include the horror movie “Sleepstalker: The Sandman’s Last Rites” (1995), the Oscar winning “As Good as it Gets” (1997), Spielberg's “Artificial Intelligence: AI” (2001), John Woo's “Paycheck” (2003) and “Mindhunters” (2004). She also appeared in “Assassination of a High School President” (2008), with Bruce Willis.
As for her personal life, Morris is engaged to Randy Hamilton, a financial advisor with whom she shares a home in the hills above Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Kathryn Morris was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 28, 1969. As a child, she traveled throughout the country with her family in a gospel singing group called Morris Code. They finally settled in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, in which Kathryn grew up with her 6 siblings. In the early 1990s, she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In her youth, Kathryn Morris gained extensive experience performing on stage as part of her family's gospel singing group. She later switched to theater and began to improve her acting talent. Her big break arrived in 1991 when she landed a small part in the TV film “The Long Road Home,” which starred Mark Harmon. Later that same year, she made her motion picture acting debut as Jen in “Cool as Ice,” which was directed by David Kellogg.
Morris disappeared for a while and when she returned in 1994, she made three TV films. In the sport themed “Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story,” Morris costarred with Peter Berg, while in the NBC movie “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” she supported Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson, Anne Bancroft and Blythe Danner. She also appeared with Tori Spelling in “A Friend To Die For.” She next appeared in Fox’s horror anthology “W.E.I.R.D. World” (1995) and UPN's “Family Values” (1995) and portrayed character in such films as “Sleepstalker: The Sandman’s Last Rites” (1995), a thriller starring Michael Harris as a serial killer called “The Sandman,” and James L. Brooks' “As Good as it Gets” (1997), where she supported Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt as a psychiatric patient.
Following guest spots in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” “L.A. Firefighters,” “Silk Stalkings” (all 1996) and “Poltergeist: The Legacy” (1997), Morris' TV career gained real momentum when she won the reoccurring role of Annalisa “Stinger” Lindstrom on the syndicated naval drama “Pensacola: Wings of Gold,” alongside James Brolin. As a helicopter pilot, she played the role for two seasons during 1997 to 1998. She received additional fame with her appearance in the hit fantasy adventure series “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1998-1999), in which Morris was cast as villain warrior Najara.
Before the 90s were over, the actress appeared in “The Prophecy II” (1998), “The Inferno” (1998, TV), “Inherit the Wind” (1999, TV), opposite Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott and Beau Bridges, and the independent drama “Screenplay” (1999). However, she is perhaps best known for playing Mark Thompson's wife, Lizzie Woods, in the nuclear war thriller “Deterrence” (1999), which was directed and written by Rod Lurie and starred Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton.
A starring role opposite Boyd Kestner in the horror television movie “Hell Swarm” (UPN, 2000) became Morris' opening work in the new millennium. She then reprised her “Murder: She Wrote” character in the made-for-TV film “Murder: She Wrote: A Story to Die For” (CBS, also 2000) and was reunited with director Rod Lurie that same year in “The Contender,” where she portrayed the small role of a federal agent named Paige Willomina. The political film starred Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Sam Elliott. 2001 saw Morris enjoy small roles in such films as Steven Spielberg's “Artificial Intelligence: AI,” opposite Haley Joel Osment, Scott Bakula's drama flick “Role of a Lifetime,” and Rod Lurie's “The Last Castle,” with Robert Reford, James Gandolfini and Mark Ruffalo, in which her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. The same year, she also appeared as Sandy in two episodes of the HBO series “The Mind of a Married Man.”
The next year, Morris was cast as the estranged wife of Tom Cruise in the Oscar nominee “Minority Report,” which was directed by Steven Spielberg. The action drama also featured Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Still in 2002, she also starred as a kidnap victim in the John Woo directed television movie “The Hire: Hostage” (HBO). However, it was her next TV assignment that made the actress a real TV star. In 2003, Morris was cast in her breakout role as detective Lilly Rush on the CBS crime series “Cold Case” (2003-present). The show was a hit and won three consecutive ASCAP awards for Top TV Series (2004 to 2006), among other honors. Morris also appeared with Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman in the movie “Paycheck” (2003), which was directed by John Woo. The next year, she offered a memorable performance opposite Val Kilmer, LL Cool J and Christian Slater in “Mindhunters” (2004), where she portrayed Sara Moore. She then starred with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in “Resurrecting the Champ” (2007), a boxing film by Rod Lurie.
In 2008, Morris appeared with Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton in the comedy “Assassination of a High School President” (2008), which was directed by Brett Simon and co-written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski.