Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris Biography

Kathryn Morris (born January 28, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her lead role as Detective Lilly Rush in the CBS series Cold Case.


Morris' first role was a minor one in the 1991 tele-movie Long Road Home. Several other small parts followed, including a bit part as a psychiatric patient in the Oscar-winning As Good as It Gets. Her breakthrough role came as Lt. Annalisa "Stinger" Lindstrom in the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold in 1997 for two seasons. Morris continued to work in films (notably ones directed by Rod Lurie) and had a brief stint on the Xena series in 1999 as Najara.

After seeing her in the film, The Contender (which DreamWorks distributed), Steven Spielberg cast her in two successive films. Her scenes as a rock star in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, which required Morris to take intensive singing and guitar lessons were cut by the director, which was particularly agonizing for her. In Minority Report, she portrayed the tormented wife of Tom Cruise's character.

In 2003, Morris won the lead role of detective Lilly Rush in the CBS dramatic series Cold Case. She also appeared in the 2004 films Mindhunters and Paycheck, opposite Ben Affleck, and more recently as the journalist wife of Josh Hartnett in Lurie's drama Resurrecting the Champ (2007). Morris appeared in the film Cougars, Inc. which was distributed in 2011. In 2012, Morris landed the starring role in The Sweeter Side of Life, a romantic comedy, as Desiree Harper. The 90-minute film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2013.

Charity work

  • Toys for Tots at Pole Position Raceway in 2007

Personal life

Morris was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (though CBS News identifies her birthplace as Dallas). She lived in both Texas and Connecticut as a child with her parents and five siblings. As a child, Morris and her family traveled the southern 'Bible Belt' as a gospel group called 'The Morris Code.' The group was mainly made up of Kathryn's father and three (out of five) of her siblings. She attended two colleges in the Philadelphia area, Northeastern Christian College and Temple University.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

On April 8, 2013, Morris announced that she and her boyfriend Johnny Messner are expecting twin boys in early September 2013. She welcomed twin boys Jameson and Rocco which were born on 21 August 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Cool as Ice Jen
1995 Sleepstalker Megan Video
1996 Paper Dragons Kate
1996 ' Emily
1997 As Good as It Gets Psychiatric Patient
1998 ' Anxious Mother Video
1999 Screenplay Fanny
1999 Deterrence (film) Lizzie Woods
2000 ' Paige Willomina
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Teenage Honey
2001 ' DOD Investigator (scenes deleted)
2002 Role of a Lifetime Chelsea Cellini
2002 Minority Report Lara Clarke
2002 Hostage Linda Delacroix Short film
2003 Paycheck Rita Dunne
2004 Mindhunters Sara Moore
2007 Resurrecting the Champ Joyce Kernan
2008 Assassination of a High School President Nurse Platt
2011 Cougars, Inc. Alison
2011 Moneyball Billy Beane's Wife Scenes Cut
2012 Sunday's Mother Gillian Short film
2013 The Sweeter Side of Life
formerly Confections of a Discarded Woman
Desiree Harper Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Long Road Home Billy Jo Robertson TV movie
1994 Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story Angela TV movie
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Zundro (Sandra) TV movie
1994 Street Justice Remy Episode: "Pilot"
1994 ' Monica Whitley TV movie
1995 W.E.I.R.D. World Lucy TV movie
1995 Family Values Borgyork Grumm TV movie
1996 Murder, She Wrote Doreen the Waitress Episode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"
1996 L.A. Firefighters Helen Regan 3 episodes
1996 Silk Stalkings Judith Millay Episode: "Compulsion"
1996 Relativity Sylvie Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Ink Woman Episode: "Above the Fold"
1997 Poltergeist: The Legacy Laura Davis Episode: "Silent Partner"
1997-1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Stinger 22 episodes
1998 Inferno Ryan Ribbet TV movie
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess Najara Episode: "Crusader"
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Najara Episode: "The Convert"
1999 ' Charlotte Richmond Episode: "Wagon Train: Part 1"
Episode: "Wagon Train: Part 2"
1999 Inherit the Wind Rachel Brown TV movie
1999 Providence Molly Episode: "The Third Thing"
2000 Hell Swarm Allie TV movie
2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Patricia Williams TV movie
2001 And Never Let Her Go Anne Marie Fahey TV movie
2001 ' Sandy 4 episodes
2003-2010 Cold Case Lilly Rush 156 episodes
2013 The Sweeter Side of Life Desiree Harper TV movie

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