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 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Studio City, California
Education Evanston Township High School, Ithaca College, New York University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Annie LaRussa
Children Zane, Walker

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 school's 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 theater.


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

He also appeared in character roles in the films Big Momma's House 2 (2006) and Star Trek: Voyager (1999).

While Moses made frequent film and episodic TV appearances, he became better known when he was cast in the role of Paul Young on the 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. He rejoined the show in the 2010 season. [1]

Moses played Herman "Duck" Phillips, a recurring role, on several seasons of the AMC series Mad Men.

Moses played the title character, "a Wall Street creep",[2] in a 2006 Off-Broadway play called Burleigh Grimes.

Moses made a brief appearance in the 2008 film Swing Vote, starring Kevin Costner.

Personal Life[edit]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Big Shots in America Man Television movie
1986 Platoon Lieutenant Wolfe
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Win Hockings
1988 The Tracker Tom Adams Television movie
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Optimistic Doctor
1990 Hollywood Heartbreak Randy Derringer/ Abbey
1990 Dead Men Don't Die Jordan
1991 The Doors Jac Holzman
1991 Empire City N/A Television movie
1992 Battle in the Erogenous Zone Alan Short film
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Joel McKelvey Television movie
1993 Gettysburg Sergeant Owen
1994 A Kiss Goodnight Michael Turner Television movie
1997 Just in Time Michael Bedford
1997 Rough Riders Woodbury Kane Television movie
1998 Deep Impact Tim Urbanski
1999 One Man's Hero Colonel Benton Lacey
1999 Treehouse Hostage Rick Taylor
2001 Race to Space Alan Shepard
2001 What's Up, Peter Fuddy? N/A Television movie
2001 James Dean Dick Clayton Television movie
2002 Red Dragon Father in Video
2002 In My Life N/A Television movie
2003 Saving Jessica Lynch Lieutenant Television movie
2004 The Remembering Movies Jonathan Clifton
2004 A One Time Thing Dr. Norris
2004 After the Sunset Lakers FBI Agent
2005 Monster-in-Law Guy in Coffee Shop
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima American Officer
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Tom Fuller
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Football Dad
2008 Swing Vote Attorney General Wyatt
2009 Ice Twisters Charlie Price Television movie
2009 Carriers Doctor
2009 Acceptance Wilson Rockefeller Television movie
2011 And They're Off Alex Flamm
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Anchorman
2012 Flare: The Hunt Dale
2013 Cesar Chavez Fred Moss
2016 Fear, Inc. Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1985 North and South Young Ulysses S. Grant Episode: "#1.1"
1986 Family Ties Rick Albert Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
1989 American Playhouse Ira Martin Episode: "The Silence at Bethany"
1990 The Golden Girls David Episode: "An Illegitimate Concern"
1990 Grand Richard Peyton 20 episodes
1990 Matlock Donald Ware Episode: "The Cookie Monster"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Everett Episode: "The Movie Mystery"
1994 Silk Stalkings Paul Dyer Episode: "Love Bandit"
1994 The Commish Stuart Walsh Episode: "The Letter of the Law"
1994 The George Carlin Show Brad Episode: "George Looks Down the Wrong End of .38"
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Robin Westlin Episode: "The Restless Remains"
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Stuart Tyler Episode: "How to Murder Your Lawyer"
1995 Party of Five Ben Atkins Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Reverend Charles Buchanan Episode: "Becoming a Buchanan"
1995 The Single Guy Matt Parker Episode: "Neighbors"
1995 The Crew Jake Episode: "Invitation to a Wedding"
1998 LateLine Jack Hunter Episode: "Al Anonymous"
1998 Chicago Hope Ron Greenfield Episode: "Wag the Doc"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Agent Margolis Episode: "Rules of Engagement"
1999 Family Law N/A Episode: "Damages"
1999 Touched by an Angel Seth Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Naroq Episode: "Riddles"
1999 It's Like, You Know... Fred Swedlowe Episode: "Hollywood Shuffle"
2000 Judging Amy Mark Pruitt Episode: "Shaken, Not Stirred"
2000 JAG Deke Carson Episode: "Real Deal SEAL"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Frank - Mystery Book Writer Episode: "The Wailing"
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Scott Shelton Episode: "Sex, Lies and Larvae"
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise Henry Archer 2 episodes
2001–2002 Ally McBeal Assistant District Attorney 2 episodes
2002 Providence N/A Episode: "It's Raining Men"
2002 Presidio Med Nathan 2 episodes
2002 Boomtown Don Schneider Episode: "Coyote"
2003 'The Practice Henry Winslow Episode: "Character Evidence"
2003 ER Mr. Marks Episode: "When Night Meets Day"
2003 7th Heaven Mr. Smith Episode: "Long Bad Summer: Part 1"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Dan Harris Episode: "Gimme Shelter"
2003 The West Wing Donald Richter Episode: "Abu el Banat"
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Richard Episode: "The Block Party"
2004 The District Richard Lowe Episode: "Party Favors"
2004 Las Vegas Dr. Miles Marks Episode: "Things That Go Jump in the Night"
2004 NYPD Blue Andrew Moss Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2004 Oliver Beene Dr. Herbert Episode: "Catskills"
2004–2011 Desperate Housewives Paul Young 59 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005–06)
2007 The Hill Senator Rogers Unsold TV pilot
2007 Without a Trace Rob Darcy Episode: "Without You"
2007–2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. George McDougal 2 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Herman "Duck" Phillips 21 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit James Grall Episode: "Inconceivable"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Joe Dopkins Episode: "The Chinese Wall"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Dr. Forrest Morgan Episode: "Devil's Bargain"
2009 Castle Blake Wellesley Episode: "Kill the Messenger"
2010 Human Target Hollis Episode: "Pilot"
2010 CSI: Miami Chuck Williams Episode: "Mommy Deadest"
2011 Covert Affairs Will Episode: "Around the Sun"
2011–2013 Criminal Minds Senator Cramer 3 episodes
2011 The Closer Commissioner Jay Meyers Episode: "Road Block"
2012 The Killing Lt. Erick Clarkson 9 episodes
2012 Fairly Legal Bob Episode: "Satisfaction"
2012 Common Law Mayor Richard Barnes Episode: "The Ex-Factor"
2012 Key & Peele Civil War General 2 episodes
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeffrey Foresythe Episode: "Risky Business Class"
2012 CSI: New York Mr. Connors Episode: "Late Admissions"
2013 Elementary Oliver Purcell Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
2013 Blue Bloods Curtis Swint Episode: "Inside Jobs"
2013 Scandal Congressman Jim Struthers Episode: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
2014 Rake Dr. Sam Falcon Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
2014 Manhattan Col. Alden Cox 8 episodes
2014 Homeland Dennis Boyd 7 episodes
2015 The Last Ship President Jeffery Michener Multiple episodes


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

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