Mark Moses

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Mark Moses
Mark Moses 2008.jpg
Moses at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California, October 2008
Born (1958-02-24) February 24, 1958 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Evanston Township High School, Ithaca College, New York University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Annie LaRussa
Children Zane Moses, Walker Moses

Mark W. Moses (born February 24, 1958) is an American actor, known for his roles of Paul Young on Desperate Housewives and Herman "Duck" Phillips on the AMC series Mad Men.

Early Life[edit]

Moses was born in New York City but grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His father worked in advertising on Madison Avenue while they lived in New York. He claims that this helped him when he landed the role of Duck Phillips on the hit show Mad Men. Moses's parents moved to Saint Louis, Missouri while he was still in high school, so he stayed with family friends in Evanston to finish high school there. Moses attended Evanston Township High School where he was quarterback of the schools varsity football team. He then enrolled at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he majored in English. Moses dropped out after a year to travel. He then enrolled at New York University where he graduated with a degree in theatre.


Mark Moses has appeared in a number of films by director Oliver Stone, such as Platoon, The Doors, and Born on the Fourth of July.

As a character actor with appearances on projects ranging as diverse as Big Momma's House 2 (2006), Platoon (1986) and Star Trek: Voyager (1999), Moses had always been reliably employed, but did not become a household name until he was cast in the role of Paul Young on the hit ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives (2004–2007). As the disturbed husband of the deceased (suicide victim) Mary Alice Young, he played one of the pivotal figures in the show's original main mystery.

Moses played Herman "Duck" Phillips on the AMC series Mad Men until 2009.

Moses played the title character, "a Wall Street creep",[1] in a 2006 Off-Broadway play called Burleigh Grimes (which has nothing to do with the baseball player of the same name).

He has a brief appearance in the 2008 film Swing Vote, starring Kevin Costner.

In 2010, Moses re-joined Desperate Housewives and is set to reprise his role as Paul Young in the sixth season finale, as a guest star, and as a regular in the seventh season.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

Moses currently resides in Studio City, California with his wife, Annie LaRussa, and their two sons, Walker and Zane. Moses' son, Walker, is currently a senior at Northwestern University and is a member of Northwestern's varsity baseball team. Moses is a Democrat. He supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Platoon Lieutenant Wolfe
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Win Hockings
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Optimistic Doctor
1990 Hollywood Heartbreak Randy Derringer/ Abbey
Dead Men Don't Die Jordan
1991 The Doors Jac Holzman
1993 Gettysburg Sergeant Owen
1997 Just in Time Michael Bedford
1998 Deep Impact Tim Urbanski
1999 One Man's Hero Colonel Benton Lacey
Treehouse Hostage Rick Taylor
2001 Race to Space Alan Shepard
2002 Red Dragon Father in Video
2004 The Remembering Movies Jonathan Clifton
A One Time Thing Dr. Norris
After the Sunset Lakers FBI Agent
2005 Monster-in-Law Guy in Coffee Shop
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima American Officer
Big Momma's House 2 Tom Fuller
Two Tickets to Paradise Football Dad
2008 Swing Vote Attorney General Wyatt
2009 Carriers Doctor
2011 And They're Off Alex Flamm
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Anchorman
Flare: The Hunt Dale
2013 Cesar Chavez Fred Moss
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Big Shots in America Man
North and South Young Ulysses S. Grant
1986 Family Ties Rick Albert
1988 The Tracker Tom Adams
The Silence at Bethany Ira Martin
1990 The Golden Girls David
Grand Richard Peyton
Matlock Donald Ware
Father Dowling Mysteries
1991 Empire City
1992 Battle in the Erogenous Zone Alan
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Joel McKelvey
1994 A Kiss Goodnight Michael Turner
Silk Stalkings Paul Dyer
The Commish Stuart Walsh
The George Carlin Show Brad
1994–1995 Diagnosis: Murder Robin Westlin
1995 Party of Five Ben Atkins
The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Reverend Charles Buchanan
The Single Guy Matt Parker
The Crew Jake
1997 Rough Riders Woodbury Kane
1998 LateLine Jack Hunter
Chicago Hope Ron Greenfield
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Agent Margolis
Family Law
Touched by an Angel Seth
Star Trek: Voyager Naroq
It's Like, You Know... Fred Swedlowe
2000 Judging Amy Mark Pruitt
JAG Deke Carson
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Frank - Mystery Book Writer
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Scott Shelton
2001 What's Up, Peter Fuddy?
James Dean Dick Clayton
Star Trek: Enterprise Henry Archer
2001–2002 Ally McBeal Assistant District Attorney
2002 In My Life
Presidio Med Nathan
Boomtown Don Schneider
2003 The Practice Henry Winslow
ER Mr. Marks
7th Heaven Mr. Smith
Saving Jessica Lynch
10-8: Officers on Duty Dan Harris
The West Wing Donald Richter
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Richard
The District Richard Lowe
Las Vegas Dr. Miles Marks
NYPD Blue Andrew Moss
Oliver Beene Dr. Herbert
2004–2011 Desperate Housewives Paul Young Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series shared with Andrea Bowen, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Marcia Cross, Steven Culp, James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Cody Kasch, Eva Longoria, Jesse Metcalfe, Nicollette Sheridan and Brenda Strong (2005)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series shared with Roger Bart, Andrea Bowen, Mehcad Brooks, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Marcia Cross, Steven Culp, James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Brent Kinsman, Shane Kinsman, Eva Longoria, Doug Savant, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong and Alfre Woodard (2006)
2007 The Hill Senator Rogers
Without a Trace Rob Darcy
2007–2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. George McDougal
2007–2013 Mad Men Herman "Duck" Phillips Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series shared with Bryan Batt, Alison Brie, Michael Gladis, Jon Hamm, Aaron Hart, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton (2009)
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit James Grall
2009 Ice Twisters Charlie Price
Drop Dead Diva Joe Dopkins
Acceptance Wilson Rockefeller
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Forrest Morgan
Castle Blake Wellesley
2010 Human Target Hollis
CSI: Miami Chuck Williams
2011 Covert Affairs Will
Criminal Minds Senator Cramer
The Closer Commissioner Jay Meyers
2012 The Killing Lt. Erik Carlson
Fairly Legal Bob
Common Law Mayor Richard Barnes
Key & Peele Civil War General
CSI:New York Mr. Connors
2013 Elementary Oliver Purcell
Blue Bloods Curtis Swint
Chavez Fred Ross
Criminal Minds Senator Cramer
2014 Manhattan Col. Alden Cox


  1. ^ New York Daily News, May 19, 2006.
  2. ^ Exclusive: A "Desperate Housewives" Baddie Returns!, Entertainment Weekly, May 6, 2010

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