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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 26, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Plymouth, England, GB Profession: actor, director, stage manager

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A bushy-browed veteran character player of stage and screen since the 1960s, Donald Moffat began stomping the boards during the 50s in his native England, making his West End debut in a 1954 production of "Macbeth." He made his feature debut in Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), and since the early 80s has become a Hollywood staple, playing older gentlemen in both films and TV. Some of Moffat's craggy parts include "The Right Stuff" (1983), as Lyndon B. Johnson; "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), as the chief surgeon; and "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), as Tom Hanks' dad. He was especially touching as a middle-aged businessman who finds he only has a short time to live in the TV miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin's San Francisco chronicle, "Tales from the City" (PBS, 1994). Moffat continued working steadily through the '90s, including roles as the president of the United States in the thriller "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and in Robert Altman's crime comedy "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). He also appeared on "The West Wing" (NBC 1999-2006) as the father of Alison Janney's C.J. Cregg and on Dick Wolf's short-lived "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" (NBC 2005-06) as a judge. Donald...

A bushy-browed veteran character player of stage and screen since the 1960s, Donald Moffat began stomping the boards during the 50s in his native England, making his West End debut in a 1954 production of "Macbeth." He made his feature debut in Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), and since the early 80s has become a Hollywood staple, playing older gentlemen in both films and TV. Some of Moffat's craggy parts include "The Right Stuff" (1983), as Lyndon B. Johnson; "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), as the chief surgeon; and "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), as Tom Hanks' dad. He was especially touching as a middle-aged businessman who finds he only has a short time to live in the TV miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin's San Francisco chronicle, "Tales from the City" (PBS, 1994). Moffat continued working steadily through the '90s, including roles as the president of the United States in the thriller "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and in Robert Altman's crime comedy "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). He also appeared on "The West Wing" (NBC 1999-2006) as the father of Alison Janney's C.J. Cregg and on Dick Wolf's short-lived "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" (NBC 2005-06) as a judge. Donald Moffat died at his home in Sleepy Hollow, New York on December 20, 2018, following a massive stroke. He was 87.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 61* (2001)
2.
 Cookie's Fortune (1999)
3.
4.
6.
 Is There Life Out There? (1994) Grandpa Walter
7.
8.
 No Time to Die (1992)
10.
 Majority Rule (1992) Walter Simms
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1968:
Appeared as Dr. Marcus Polk in the daytime soap "One Life to Live"
1968:
Feature acting debut, "Rachel, Rachel"
1954:
Made his London stage debut in "Macbeth"
1994:
Portrayed Edgar Halcyon in "Armistad Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)
1974:
Co-starred in the short-lived series, The New Land"
1980:
First collaboration with director Robert Altman, "Health"
1980:
Appeared in the series "The Chisholms"
1957:
Made his Broadway debut in "Under Milkwood"
1990:
Played Tom Hanks' father in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
:
Co-starred as Rem the android on the series "Logan's Run"
1977:
Portrayed Harry Hopkins in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"
1999:
Reteamed with Altman for "Cookie's Fortune"
2000:
Had recurring role on "Bull"
2005:
Appeared in final screen role as a judge on "Law & Order: Trial by Jury"
1983:
Cast as Lyndon Johnson in "The Right Stuff"
1980:
Played the Taxman in Altman's "Popeye"
1994:
Cast as the U.S. President in "Clear and Present Danger"
1982:
Played Gary in John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing"
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Education

King Edward VI School: -
Dartington Hall: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London, England - 1952

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wife:
Anne Murray Ellsperman. Actor. Married in May 1954; divorced in August 1968.
wife:
Gwen Arner. Actor. Married in May 1969.

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father:
Walter George Moffat. Insurance agent.
mother:
Kathleen Mary Moffat.
daughter:
Kathleen Wendy Moffat. Mother, Anne Ellsperman.
son:
Gabriel Robin Moffat. Mother, Anne Ellsperman.
daughter:
Lynn Marie Moffat. Mother, Gwen Arner.
daughter:
Catherine Jean Moffat. Mother, Gwen Arner.
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