David Morse headshot

2003 Excellence Honoree

The Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award is presented each year to an individual for outstanding achievements in the media and a strong commitment to service. David’s extensive film and television career, including filming his CBS hit series Hack in Philadelphia and supporting the city’s burgeoning film industry, easily fulfills the vision of this award. He also is an active volunteer for worthy causes and is committed to community involvement.


In Hack, Morse plays Mike Olshansky, an ex-cop turned taxi driver who seeks redemption by fighting for and righting the wrongs of others. Hack airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m.


This year, Morse starred on the big screen in Sony’s Double Vision, from the producers of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film opened to critical acclaim in Taiwan, breaking all opening weekend records. Morse’s performance in Double Vision garnered him a Golden Horse Award nomination, the Chinese equivalent of an Academy Award.


Morse recently starred in Alex and Andrew Smith’s independent film, The Slaughter Rule opposite Ryan Gosling and Clea DuVall. He also starred in Diary of a City Priest, directed by Temple faculty member Eugene Martin. Morse also appeared in Scott Hicks’ Hearts in Atlantis opposite Anthony Hopkins and Hope Davis; The Green Mile with Tom Hanks; Lars Von Trier’s musical drama Dancer in the Dark opposite Björk and Catherine Deneuve; and Taylor Hackford’s thriller Proof of Life opposite Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.


Morse’s other feature film credits include: Antonio Banderas’ Crazy in Alabama, F. Gary Gray’s The Negotiator, Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, Robert Zemeckis’ Contact, and Renny Harlin’s The Long Kiss Goodnight, Bait, The Rock, Extreme Measures, The Good Son, Desperate Hours, The Getaway, and Personal Foul.


Morse’s outstanding acting career began with his motion picture debut in Richard Donnor’s acclaimed drama, Inside Moves. He then went on to star in two Sean Penn directed dramas, The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard. One of his more famous roles was on NBC’s hit series St. Elsewhere in the 1980s.