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 think that ABC made a HUGE mistake pulling Denny off the show!!!!! i mean come on izzie and him were supposed to get married!!!!! that is HORRIBLE!! i sat there and cried for like ever! my sister had to calm me down!
PLEASE SAY IZZIE IS JUST DREAMING! please please please! they were the cutest couple!
please bring denny back!


I was so hoping that Denny would live. Why must they always kill off beloved characters. If Izzie is actually quitting, as stated last night, then they should have let him live so that they could get married and live happily everafter. For goodness sakes writers! Give us some happiness once in awhile. The world is dark enough.


How sad, Denny and Izzie's relationship was the only "real" one on the whole show. I am hoping that Debbie is right, that Izzie was just dreaming. And then to have Alex come to her aid?? Yuck, that ruined it for me.


What if Izzie is dreaming this? Remember, she went home to get ready for the Prom. Maybe she took a nap and dreamed all this. Anyone remember Dallas when Bobby Ewing had died? His wife (Victoria Principal) Pamela Ewing woke up and found him in the shower.
Please bring Denny back!


I have never written a fan letter, I am a married mom of 3 kids and this character knocked me off my feet! I actually cried. I cannot believe that a completely drop dead gorgeous actor like him has not been in a mainstream leading role. C'mon TV execs--get your heads out of your butts and put guys like this on a weekly show. Women like me would even stick around for the commercials so we wouldn't chance missing him when the show starts up again :)


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.