Actor Hopes To Live Another Season

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In the parking lot of a restaurant near the home of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the actor was recently approached by one of his fans.
Denny & Izzie

"My wife says you're dying, but you look healthy enough to me," the fan told Morgan.

"You can't die," the man's wife pleaded. "You're too cute to die!"

This conversation, hardly the first of its kind, elicited a good laugh from Morgan, who plays charming heart patient Denny Duquette on Grey's Anatomy. The character has emerged as a fan favorite as he woos the beautiful Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl, above) from his hospital bed while awaiting a transplant.

Not only are Morgan's services winning praise, but they are in high demand -- sometimes for roles that require him to actually stand up and walk, no less. He has appeared twice on the Showtime series Weeds as Mary-Louise Parker's dead husband (via home videos and flashbacks), and plays an MIA dad on the WB's Supernatural, which airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays. Somewhat like Denny, his character is a man targeted for death... only by evil forces.

"It's basically Dad and boys hunting what killed my wife and one of their girlfriends, and trying to bring an end to it," Morgan, who is in talks about returning next season, told USA Today.

Whether he returns to the Supernatural set (where he plays John Winchester, below) will depend on -- you guessed it -- the fate of Denny. Soon, the Grey's Anatomy cast will do its read-through of the two-part season finale, and learn the details of the cliffhanger for the first time. Morgan, who turned 40 Saturday, is just hoping to live another season.

Supernatural Morgan

"The last decade has been a little rough, so I'm hoping to start this one on the right foot," he said. "I would bend over backward to be back on Grey's. Any day, I'll choose lying in bed with [Izzie] looking over me over getting thrown against walls by supernatural persons at 5 in the morning."

The Insider finds it hard to argue with that logic. Morgan is enjoying his first taste of true fame despite a successful career as a working actor, which included regular roles on UPN's The Burning Zone (1996-97) and CBS' The Handler (2004). Directors have told him he has a certain level of maturity that makes him a hot hot commodity.

But, like Denny, it could be curtains for Morgan at any minute.

Lately, Morgan has been getting encouraging words and pats on the back from Grey's co-stars at every read-through, as they collectively worry each that episode will be his last. He has, understandably, become particularly close to Heigl. Any chance their on-screen spark could carry over to real life?

"Katie's one of my best friends. I love her to death, but she's got a great boyfriend. And you shouldn't date your co-stars. It's never a good idea," Morgan said.

So what is he looking for in a mate?

"Well," he said, smiling, "someone to laugh with. And fidelity would be nice."
Amen to that, and here's hoping that Denny can get himself that transplant. Paging Dr. Burke!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I love the show SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!! Every week I can not wait for every Thursday for it to be on. Even though I'm not into freaky things and I get scared easily I still love wathing the show and I have seen every episode there has ever been. Now i am going to talk about Sam and Dean Jensen and Jared. The cuttest of the two is Jared Padalecki, Sam. I think this because of his cute face and amazing long curly hair. Also I love him because of his eyes and he is warm and harded. Jensen Dean I think is cute but not as hot has Jared because Jensen face is not that cute, but he has amazing blue eyes. Did you ever see him with long hair he was so hot. Jensen I think is rude in Supernatural because he is really mean to sam alot but I know that he is just playing a role. My favorite episode, I don't really have a favorite episode because they were all good. The worst episode I thouhgt was In time of dying because Dean almost died and his father actually died. The show is awesome and keep it up. I could talk forever, but I need to go and watch some tv.


They should make it seem as Izzie is having a bad dream or something, and when she wakes up she would find Denny alive, then it woul seem as if she had just had a bad dream and then they can get married...........


Please could you bring Denny back!!!


I am one of Jeffery Dean Morgans biggest fan and I was really dissapointed when they removed him from the show.They should really consider bringing him back as a doctor in Greys Anatomy to be Issie's inspiration to pratice being a doctor again or as a twin brother they should really consider this he really deserved a chance with Issie, he is a great actor despite the fact that his role wasvery short in Greys Anatomy when his role suited him perfectly.


i am a jeff morgan fan i was shocked when they removed him from the show.if only there were a way they could write him back in like maybe denny has a twin or someting silly i find it amazing how his role of denny has touched so many peoples hearts.thats true talent when you can do that.i hope to see more of jeff in tv and movies.i look forward to seeing that cant help but make you smile,smile he has . and thoses eyes that melt your heart.i think he should really stick to the nice guy rolls it really suits him and i bet will that him far as a celeb.


Wow! Denny and Izzy's whirl-wind romance really felt authentic. I felt like it was MY romance. As I would love to see Denny back haunting Izzy's dreams or find out in an episode or two that his untimely demise was a dream sequence, I understand that this may not be realistic. But why can't Izzy wake up in SG next week to find she slipped and conked her head while chaning her dress 3 times and dreamed of Denny's death. She'll wake up and find the ridiculously hot and charming man standing over her would be a nice change for them :)


I rewrote this because I put "then" instead of "they"... I cried too when they killed Denny off the show. I am with everyone else, make it a dream sequence because Denny and Izzie deserve a chance. The finale broke my heart because Denny was such a genuine, sweet, and charming character. Jeffery Dean Morgan portrayed him with such emotion, depth, and understanding that it blew me away - Denny just exploded from the screen in each scene. ABC, please bring Denny back.


I cried too when then killed Denny off the show. I am with everyone else, make it a dream sequence because Denny and Izzie deserve a chance. The finale broke my heart because Denny was such a genuine, sweet, and charming character. Jeffery Dean Morgan portrayed him with such emotion, depth, and understanding that it blew me away - Denny just exploded from the screen in each scene. Bring Denny back.


why did denny die?!?!?!?!?!?!? WHY!?!?!?! i agree plz let it all be a dream, he is way too cute to have died. i cried myself to sleep.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.