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26 December 1930 |
Plymouth, Devon, England, U.K.
|Spouse(s)||Anne Murray Ellsperman
(m. 1954; div. 1968)
|Children||4 (2 with Ellsperman), (2 with Arner)|
Donald Moffat (born 26 December 1930) is an English retired actor, long based in the United States.
Moffat was born in Plymouth, Devon, the only child of Kathleen Mary (née Smith) and Walter George Moffat, an insurance agent. His parents ran a boarding house in Totnes. Completing his studies at the local King Edward VI School and national service in the Army, Moffat trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
After moving to the United States, Moffat worked as a bartender and a lumberjack in Oregon, his wife's home state. "After six months," he said, "I realized that I was an actor and I would always be an actor. And an actor must act. So I started acting again." His first acting job in the United States was in Princeton, New Jersey. He worked as a carpenter, and his wife took in ironing in order to supplement his $25 per week pay.
He joined APA (The Association of Producing Artists), a repertory company on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Play in 1967 for his roles in revivals of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck and Pirandello's Right You Are If You Think You Are.
He was nominated for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his work in Play Memorey (1984) and for Outstanding Featured Actor in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1986) with Jason Robards. He won an Obie for Painting Churches. In 1998, he was nominated for a Gemini Award for his performance as attorney Joe Ruah in the CBC miniseries The Sleep Room. 
He has also appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including the world premieres of John Guare's A Few Stout Individuals (as Ulysses S. Grant), Painting Churches, The Heiress, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, The School for Scandal, The Affair and Hamlet.
Moffat played Enos in the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms, Lars Lundstrom in the ABC drama The New Land.:755 and Rem in the CBS science-fiction series Logan's Run.:617-618 He also appeared in The West Wing, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Tales of the City, in which his performance as dying executive Edgar Halcyon earned him many new fans. One of his last roles was as Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in the HBO movie, 61*.
Selected TV and filmography
- The Battle of the River Plate (U.S. title Pursuit of the Graf Spee) (1956) as Swanston, Lookout, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
- Rachel, Rachel (1968) as Niall Cameron
- R. P. M. (1970) as Perry Howard
- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) as Manning
- Showdown (1973) as Art Williams
- The Terminal Man (1974) as Dr. Arthur McPherson
- Earthquake (1974) as Dr. Harvey Johnson
- The Call of the Wild (1976) as Simpson
- Exo-Man (1977) as Wallace Rogers
- Logan's Run (TV series) (1977-1978) as Rem
- Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) as Harry Hopkins
- Land of No Return (1978) as Air Traffic Controller
- The Word (1978) as Henri Aubert
- Promises in the Dark (1979) as Dr. Walter McInerny
- On the Nickel (1980) as Sam
- Popeye (1980) as the Taxman
- The Long Days of Summer (1980) as Josef Kaplan
- The Chisholms CBS miniseries (1980) as Enos
- The Thing (1982) as Garry, the Station Commander
- The Right Stuff (1983) as U.S. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson
- License to Kill (1984) as Webster
- The Best of Times (1986) as the Colonel
- Monster in the Closet (1986) as General Franklin D. Turnbull
- The Bourne Identity (1988) as David Abbott; in the 2002 film version the role is re-imagined as Deputy Director Ward Abbott (played by Brian Cox)
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) as Chief Surgeon
- Far North (1988) as Uncle Dane
- Music Box (1989) as Harry Talbot
- The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) as Mr. McCoy
- Class Action (1991) as Quinn
- Regarding Henry (1991) as Charlie Cameron
- Housesitter (1992) as George Davis
- Love, Cheat & Steal (1993) as Frank Harrington
- Clear and Present Danger (1994) as the fictional President Bennett
- Trapped in Paradise (1994) as Clifford Anderson
- The Evening Star (1996) as Hector Scott
- The Sleep Room (1998) as Joe Ruah
- Cookie's Fortune (1999) as Jack Palmer
- 61* (2001) as Ford Frick
- The West Wing (2003) as Mr.Cregg (C.J.'s Father)
- Donald Moffat profile at FilmReference.com
- Glover, William (March 28, 1967). "He's Still Broke But Has Grown As Actor". The Danville Register. Virginia, Danville. Associated Press. p. 9. Retrieved August 11, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Waiting for Rem". San Antonio Express. Texas, San Antonio. August 25, 1977. p. 22. Retrieved August 11, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "("Donald Moffat" search results)". Tony Awards. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- "Donald Moffat". Playbill. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- "1980s". OBIE Awards. Village Voice and American Theater Wing. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- "The Sleep Room", The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 80, Number 4, December 1999 pp. 698-705
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 185–186. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.