William R. Moses

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William R. Moses
Born William Remington Moses
(1959-11-17) November 17, 1959 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Tracy Nelson (1987–1997)
Sarah Moses (2002–present)
Children Two daughters
Parents Richard Cantrell Moses, Sr.
Marian McCargo

William Remington Moses (born November 17, 1959) is an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

William "Billy" Moses was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of the late actress Marian McCargo (1932–2004) and advertising executive Richard Cantrell Moses, Sr., who married in 1951 and divorced in 1963. Marian remarried in 1970 to the Republican Congressman Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. (1914–2004). Congressman Bell adopted Billy and his brothers Rick and Harry. William briefly attended Wesleyan University.[1][2]


Moses is probably best known for playing Cole Gioberti in the 1980s prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest, from 1981 to 1987. Following six seasons on Falcon Crest, he co-starred in the early Julia Roberts film Mystic Pizza in 1988. He then co-starred with Raymond Burr as private investigator Ken Malansky in the various Perry Mason television movies from 1989 to 1995. Moses returned to soap opera in 1992–93 when he played the recurring role of Keith Gray on Melrose Place. He made appearances in two Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley short films, The Case of the Mystery Cruise and The Case of the Sea World Adventure, both in 1995. In 1997, he played David Graysmark in the short-lived series Fame L.A. He also appeared in various television movies including Alone With a Stranger (2000), and Christmas Child (2004).[3] Since 2005, he has appeared as Jack Davis in nine of the Jane Doe movies on the Hallmark Channel.

In recent years, he has appeared in various movies on the Lifetime channel, including A Lover's Revenge (starring his former Perry Mason co-star Alexandra Paul), and The Perfect Marriage (co-starring Jamie Luner and James Wilder).

Throughout his career, Moses has made guest appearances on a wide variety of television series, including Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, Ally McBeal, JAG, NCIS, 7th Heaven, Touched by an Angel, Cold Case, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Castle, The Mentalist and Bones. He also played Madison's father on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Personal life[edit]

On July 25, 1987, Moses married actress Tracy Nelson, daughter of the late rock singer Ricky Nelson and Kristin Harmon Nelson. They divorced in 1997. The couple have a daughter, Remington Elizabeth Moses born August 11, 1992. He has since remarried, and he and his second wife, Sarah, also have a daughter, Grace.[2]


  1. ^ "William R. Moses Biography (1959–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "William R. Moses". tv.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "William R. Moses News, William R. Moses Bio and Photos". tvguide.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 

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