Donald Moffat

Actor, Director, Stage manager
A bushy-browed veteran character player of stage and screen since the 1960s, Moffat began stomping the boards during the 50s in his native England, making his West End debut in a 1954 production of "Macbeth". He made ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1930 in Plymouth, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (82)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cookie's Fortune 1999 (Movie)

Jack Palmer (Actor)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Dr Felber (Actor)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

Hector Scott (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

President Bennett (Actor)

Love, Cheat & Steal 1994 (Movie)

Paul's Father (Actor)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

Clifford Anderson (Actor)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

George Davis (Actor)

No Time To Die 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Great Pretender 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Flowers For Matty 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Mr McCoy (Actor)

Music Box 1989 (Movie)

Harry Talbot (Actor)

Buck James 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Far North 1988 (Movie)

Uncle Dane (Actor)

The Bourne Identity 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

Chief Surgeon (Actor)

Desperado 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

General Turnbull (Actor)

Lily 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Painting Churches 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Alamo Bay 1985 (Movie)

Wally Scheer (Actor)

License to Kill 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Lyndon B Johnson (Actor)

Wagner 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

Garry (Actor)

On the Nickel 1980 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Taxman (Actor)

The Chisholms 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift of Love 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Logan's Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Promises in the Dark 1978 (Movie)

Dr Walter McInterny (Actor)

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Captain of T K (Actor)

Exo-Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Land of No Return 1977 (Movie)

Air Traffic Controller (Actor)

Waiting For Godot 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Call of the Wild 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Forget-Me-Not Lane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Land 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

Dr Arthur McPherson (Actor)

Showdown 1972 (Movie)

Art Williams (Actor)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

Manning (Actor)

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine 1971 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

The File on Devlin 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

R.P.M. 1969 (Movie)

Perry Howard (Actor)

Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

Niall Cameron (Actor)

A Son's Promise (TV Show)

Actor

A Touch of the Poet (TV Show)

Actor

Babe Ruth (TV Show)

Actor

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Cross of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Show)

Actor

Is There Life Out There? (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Cheat & Steal (TV Show)

Actor

Majority Rule (TV Show)

Actor

Mary White (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Necessary Parties (TV Show)

Actor

Tartuffe (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Days of Summer (TV Show)

Actor

The Sleep Room (TV Show)

Actor

When the Time Comes (TV Show)

Actor

Who Will Love My Children? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A bushy-browed veteran character player of stage and screen since the 1960s, Moffat began stomping the boards during the 50s in his native England, making his West End debut in a 1954 production of "Macbeth". He made his feature debut in Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), and since the early 80s has become a Hollywood staple, playing older gentlemen in both films and TV. Some of Moffat's craggy parts include "The Right Stuff" (1983), as Lyndon B. Johnson; "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), as the chief surgeon; and "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), as Tom Hanks' dad. He was especially touching as a middle-aged businessman who finds he only has a short time to live in the TV miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin's San Francisco chronicle, "Tales from the City" (PBS, 1994).

Relationships

Kathleen Mary Moffat

Mother

Gwen Arner

Wife
married in May 1969

Anne Ellsperman

Wife
married in May 1954 divorced in August 1968

Walter Moffat

Father

Catherine Moffat

Daughter
mother, Gwen Arner

Kathleen Moffat

Daughter
mother, Anne Ellsperman

Lynn Moffat

Daughter
mother, Gwen Arner

Gabriel Moffat

Son
mother, Anne Ellsperman

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1952 - 1954

Dartington Hall

Totnes , Devon

King Edward VI School

Milestones

1999

Reteamed with Altman for "Cookie's Fortune"

1994

Cast as the US President in "Clear and Present Danger"

1994

Portrayed Edgar Halcyon in "Armistad Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)

1990

Played Tom Hanks' father in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

1983

Cast as Lyndon Johnson in "The Right Stuff"

1980

Appeared in the series "The Chisholms"

1980

Played the Taxman in Altman's "Popeye"

1980

First collaboration with director Robert Altman, "Health"

1977

Portrayed Harry Hopkins in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"

1974

Co-starred in the short-lived series, The New Land"

1968

Feature acting debut, "Rachel, Rachel"

1968

Appeared as Dr. Marcus Polk in the daytime soap "One Life to Live"

1957

Broadway debut, "Under Milkwood"

1954

London stage debut, "Macbeth"

Co-starred as Rem the android on the series "Logan's Run"

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