Michael Moriarty

Actor, Playwright, Composer
A stage, screen and TV actor, Michael Moriarty came to prominence with his sensitive performance as baseball pitcher Henry Wiggen in the acclaimed 1973 drama, "Bang the Drum Slowly". Not all of Moriarty's subsequent ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1941 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Law & Order 1990 - 1994, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Swimming Upstream 2004 (Movie)

Morris Bird II (Actor)

The 4400 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Cause 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

Senator Hank Rose (Actor)

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

House of Luk 2000 (Movie)

Mr Kidd (Actor)

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bad Faith 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Out of Line 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season 1999 (Movie)

Ray Preston--Father (Actor)

The Art of Murder 1999 (Movie)

Cole Sheridan (Actor)

Emily of New Moon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Woman Wanted 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Managua 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shiloh 1997 (Movie)

Ray Preston (Actor)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

General Hershberg (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Children of the Dust 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Living Cathedral: Saint John the Divine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Fathom Five 1990 (Movie)

MacKenzie (Actor)

Family of Faiths 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret of the Ice Caves 1989 (Movie)

Manny Wise (Actor)

Dark Tower 1988 (Movie)

Dennis Randall (Actor)

Frank Nitti: The Enforcer 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

Joe Weber--Dad (Actor)

The Hanoi Hilton 1987 (Movie)

Williamson (Actor)

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

Stephen Jarvis (Actor)

Troll 1986 (Movie)

Harry Potter Sr (Actor)

Pale Rider 1985 (Movie)

Hull Barret (Actor)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

David "Mo" Rutherford (Actor)

Odd Birds 1984 (Movie)

Brother T S Murphy (Actor)

The Link 1984 (Movie)

Keith Mannings (Actor)

Q 1982 (Movie)

Jimmy Quinn (Actor)

Renacida 1980 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Holocaust -- The Story of the Family Weiss 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

John Converse (Actor)

Report to the Commissioner 1975 (Movie)

Bo Lockley (Actor)

Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 (Movie)

Pitcher Henry Wiggin (Actor)

Shoot It: Black, Shoot It: Blue 1973 (Movie)

Herbert G Rucker (Actor)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

Marine Duty Officer (Actor)

Hickey and Boggs 1972 (Movie)

Ballard (Actor)

Glory Boy 1970 (Movie)

Trubee Pell--GI (Actor)

12 Hours to Live (TV Show)

Actor

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Becoming Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Born Too Soon (TV Show)

Actor

Calm at Sunset (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Fortune (TV Show)

Actor

Children of My Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Children of the Dust (Movie)

John Maxwell (Actor)

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Skies (TV Show)

Actor

Earthquake in New York (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean (TV Show)

Actor

Major Crime (TV Show)

Actor

Mindstorm (TV Show)

Actor

Reborn (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Strange World (TV Show)

Actor

The Deadliest Season (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Menagerie (TV Show)

Actor

The Winds of Kitty Hawk (TV Show)

Actor

Too Far to Go (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Secret of the Ice Caves 1989 (Movie)

("Let Us Join Hands") (Song Performer)

The Secret of the Ice Caves 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

A stage, screen and TV actor, Michael Moriarty came to prominence with his sensitive performance as baseball pitcher Henry Wiggen in the acclaimed 1973 drama, "Bang the Drum Slowly". Not all of Moriarty's subsequent work has lived up to that early promise, nor has he proven to be "box office", yet he has remained in demand for stage and TV roles. Additionally, he has branched out as a composer and jazz pianist.

Moriarty has worked extensively on the stage, beginning soon after his graduation from Dartmouth in 1963. He was Octavius Caesar in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Antony and Cleopatra", then went to London to study acting on a Fulbright Scholarship at LAMDA. On his return, Moriarty did additional Shakespearean roles, and won a Tony for originating the role of the homosexual Julian Weston in "Find Your Way" (1974). By that time, he had established himself in films on TV, earning an Emmy Award as Jim, the gentleman caller, in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" (ABC, 1973), starring Katharine Hepburn. While most of his other feature film roles have generally been in forgettable films, save "Report to the Commissioner" (1975), Moriarty has excelled on TV. He is remembered as Erik Dorf, the unemployed German who becomes a Nazi to feed his family and evolves into the administrator of the extermination policies in "Holocaust" (NBC, 1978). He was Wilbur Wright in "The Winds of Kitty Hawk" (NBC, 1978), Major Daniels in "Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy" (HBO, 1989) and won kudos opposite Blythe Danner in "Too Far to Go" (NBC, 1979), based on the John Updike stories that traced the dissolution of a marriage over twenty years. In 1990, Moriarty became a series regular for the first time as Ben Stone, deputy district attorney of "Law & Order" (NBC), but was fired from the series in 1994, a year before the end of his contract. Moriarty claimed his outspoken attack on US Attorney General Janet Reno's attempts to curb violence and, in Moriarty's view, "censor" Hollywood contributed to his departure from the series. He immediately bounced back replacing Richard Chamberlain as Henry Higgins in the ill-fated Broadway revival of "My Fair Lady" and starring in the Civil Rights miniseries "Children of the Dust" (CBS, 1995). He also returned to features after a six year absence in "Courage Under Fire" (1996), as Denzel Washington's superior officer.

Moriarty is also a playwright; his "Flight to the Fatherland" was produced in Rochester, NY, in 1982, the same year The New York Shakespeare Festival offered a production of his "The Ballad of Dexter Creed". He has pursued a music career more diligently. A jazz pianist with his own group that has performed in New York City, he has also contributed a songs to the films "Q" (1982) and "The Secret of the Ice Caves" (1990) and his "Symphony for String Orchestra" has been performed publicly. Moriarty also released jazz albums in 1990 and 1991.

n 2001, Moriarty returned to acting with two back-to-back father roles. In "Along Came a Spider," he portrayed a US Senator desperately searching for his abducted daughter and in the TNT biopic "James Dean," he was cast as James Dean's father, Winton -- a role which earned him a 2002 Emmy nomination.

Relationships

George Moriarty

Father

Elinor Paul Moriarty

Mother

Matthew Christopher Moriarty

Son

Margaret Brychka

Companion
common-law wife Moriarty reportedly assaulted her in an incident that occurred in 2000

Suzana Cabrita

Wife
met during the filming of the TV-movie "Calm at Dawn" married in October 1988 separated

Anne Martin

Wife
divorced

Francoise Martinet

Wife
married in 1966 divorced mother of Matthew

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1963

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

attended on Fulbright Scholarship

Milestones

2002

Cast in the television miniseries "Living With The Dead"

2001

Cast as James Dean's father in the TNT biopic "James Dean"

1997

Joined the cast of the synidcated series "The PSI Factor"

1996

First feature in six years, "Courage Under Fire"

1996

Wrote and acted in one-person show, "Special Providence"

1995

Starred in miniseries, "Children of the Dust"

1994

Replaced Richard Chamberlain as Henry Higgins in revival of "My Fair Lady" on Broadway

1990

Album "Reaching Out" released

1990

Starred as Ben Stone in "Law & Order"

1984

Symphony for String Orchestra" performed in NY

1982

Contributed song, "Evil Dream" to feature "Q"

1979

Debut as playwright, "Flight to the Fatherland"

1978

Erik Dorf, "Holocaust" miniseries

1974

Julian Weston, "Find Your Way Home", Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NY

1973

TV movie debut, "A Summer Without Boys"; Jim in "The Glass Menagerie"

1973

Henry Wiggen in "Bang the Drum Slowly"

1970

Film debut, "Glory Boy"

1963

Stage debut as Octavius, "Antony and Cleopatra" at the New York Shakespeare Festival

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded honorary doctorate from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

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After his departure from "Law & Order" in 1994, Moriarty took out a full-page advertisement in Daily Variety claiming he was, essentially, being blacklisted for his stand againt Attorney General Janet Reno's assault on Hollywood, and that he would be leaving the country because he could not find work here. He started a foundation and asked for contributions.

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Moriarty faced court proceedings in Vancouver for allegedly striking his common-law wife Margaret Brychka in November 2000. The actor told the Vancouver Sun in December 2000 that he's an alcoholic. The court stayed the assault charge on the condition that he stay away from Brychka when he is drinking.

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"I get involved in things that, ordinarily, people say, 'Don't get involved in that. It's ruining your career, dahling!' And I said, "I dont' care. I'm doing roles that I would do otherwise.' So, I've been very lucky in being able to not have to worry about good taste. I don't mind bad taste occasionally. It's fun." --Moriarty in Daily News, January 25, 1995.

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Moriarty's roommate at Dartmouth was actor Stephen Macht.

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