|Born||June 10, 1919|
|Died||March 18, 2009
|Occupation||Actor, jazz musician|
Moultrie Patten (June 10, 1919 – March 18, 2009) was an American actor and jazz musician. Patten was perhaps best known for his role as Walt the trapper on the American television series, Northern Exposure, which aired from 1990 until 1995. Patten appeared as Walt Kupfer from 1993 until the show's ending in 1995.
Moultrie Patten was born on June 10, 1919. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked a local theater and studied the piano. Patten attended Brown University, where he continued to pursue acting.
Patten moved to New York City following the end of World War II to pursue his acting career. He would spend more than fifty years performing in Broadway theater, regional theater, film, television, and even vaudeville. Patten once described his favorite theater roles as The Hostage, The Andersonville Trial, and Noises Off.
Patten moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1990, and later relocated to Beaverton, Oregon. He was cast as Walt Kupfer on the hit television show Northern Exposure, from 1993 until 1995. His character quickly became a fixture on the show and a fan favorite. Fans of Northern Exposure still sought out Patten for his autograph years after the show's production ended in 1995.
Moultrie Patten died from pneumonia in Beaverton, Oregon, on March 18, 2009, at the age of 89. He was survived by his daughter, Sarah Goforth; sons, Moultrie Patten Jr. and Henry Bigelow Patten (aka Rex Alexander); a sister, Jane Dias; and his former wife, Teena Patten.
In an interview with The Oregonian following his death, Patten's daughter, Sarah Goforth, explained her father's acting philosophy saying, "Anyone who pursues the arts is really creating another world for themselves, because the one they are faced with does not, in some way, suit them."
- Fitzgibbon, John (2009-03-20). "Actor, jazz musician Moultrie Patten dies in Beaverton". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-03-22.