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      Donald Moffat

      Donald Moffat

      Highest Rated: 92% Rachel, Rachel (1968)

      Lowest Rated: 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997)

      Birthday: Dec 26, 1930

      Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England, UK

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Winter Kills
      Rachel, Rachel
      The Unbearable Lightness of Being
      61*
      Cookie's Fortune
      The Thing Clear and Present Danger
      Class Action

      Photos

      THE RIGHT STUFF, Donald Moffat, 1983. (c) Warner Bros.. THE RIGHT STUFF, Ed Harris, Kathy Walker, Donald Moffat, 1983. (c) Warner Bros.. ALAMO BAY, Donald Moffat (left), Amy Madigan (right), 1985. ©TriStar Pictures THE EVENING STAR, Donald Moffat, Marion Ross, 1996, (c)Paramount THE RIGHT STUFF, Donald Moffat, Ed Harris, 1983. (c) Warner Bros.. FAR NORTH, Donald Moffat, Charles Durning, 1988, (c)Alive Films CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, Donald Moffat (extreme right), 1994, © Paramount CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, Donald Moffat, Harrison Ford, 1994, (c) Paramount FAR NORTH, from left: Charles Durning, Donald Moffat, 1988. ©Alive Films THE EVENING STAR, Miranda Richardson, Shirley MacLaine, Marion Ross, Donald Moffat, 1996, (c)Paramount THE THING, Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, 1982, (c) Universal CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, from left: Donald Moffat, Harrison Ford, 1994, © Paramount COOKIE'S FORTUNE, Donald Moffat, Charles S. Dutton, Liv Tyler, Ned Beatty, 1999, (c)October Films THE THING, T.K. Carter, Kurt Russell, Donal Moffat, 1982. (c) Universal Pictures. FAR NORTH, Donald Moffat, Charles Durning, 1988, (c) Alive Films THE EVENING STAR, Marion Ross, Shirley MacLaine, Donald Moffat, 1996, (c)Paramount ON THE NICKEL, director Ralph Waite, Hal Williams, Penelope Allen, Donald Moffat on set, 1980, (c) Seven Star Productions CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, Harris Yulin (at podium), Donald Moffat (standing right), 1994, (c) Paramount THE THING, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, T.K. Carter, Richard Dysart, Joel Polis, Donald Moffat, 1982, (c) Universal THE EVENING STAR, Juliette Lewis, Donald Moffat, Marion Ross, Shirley MacLaine, 1996, (c)Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      86% 90% 61* Ford Frick (Character) - 2001
      86% 66% Cookie's Fortune Jack Palmer (Character) - 1999
      6% 19% A Smile Like Yours Dr. Felber (Character) $3.3M 1997
      25% 61% The Evening Star Hector Scott (Character) $12.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 24% Love, Cheat & Steal Frank Harrington (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 91% Is There Life Out There? Grandpa Walter (Character) - 1994
      81% 74% Clear and Present Danger President Bennett (Character) $121.5M 1994
      10% 42% Trapped in Paradise Clifford Anderson (Character) $5.8M 1994
      No Score Yet 58% Columbo: No Time to Die Unknown (Character) - 1992
      36% 47% Housesitter George Davis (Character) $58.1M 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story O'Connell (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Majority Rule Walter Simms (Character) - 1992
      77% 51% Class Action Fred Quinn (Character) $23.9M 1991
      49% 63% Regarding Henry Charlie Cameron (Character) $41.0M 1991
      No Score Yet 67% Babe Ruth Jacob Ruppert (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Pretender Owen Milner (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: Flowers for Matty Garrett Fitzsimons (Character) - 1990
      15% 26% The Bonfire of the Vanities Mr. McCoy (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 85% A Son's Promise Paw Paw (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 85% Kaleidoscope Arthur Patterson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 69% Cross of Fire George Oberholtzer (Character) - 1989
      76% 76% Music Box Harry Talbot (Character) $5.1M 1989
      13% 50% Far North Uncle Dane (Character) $23.7K 1988
      87% 84% The Unbearable Lightness of Being Chief Surgeon (Character) $9.3M 1988
      No Score Yet 33% Monster in the Closet Gen. Turnbull (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 60% Desperado Malloy (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 21% Houston: The Legend of Texas Col. John Allen (Character) - 1986
      29% 43% The Best of Times The Colonel (Character) $5.8M 1986
      No Score Yet 36% Alamo Bay Wally (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 34% License to Kill Webster (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes Patrolman (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 58% Who Will Love My Children? Dick Thomas (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A House Divided: Denmark Vessey's Rebellion Captain Vesey (Character) - 1982
      84% 92% The Thing Garry (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Lions Vreeland (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Hugh Auchincloss (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Days of Summer Josef Kaplan (Character) - 1980
      58% 39% Popeye The Taxman (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Nickel Sam (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 31% H.E.A.L.T.H. Colonel Cody (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 50% Promises in the Dark Dr. Walter McInerny (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 17% Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Wally Ball (Character) - 1979
      92% 54% Winter Kills Unknown (Character) $75.6K 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. R's Daughter Frank Randell (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 80% The Gift of Love William Schuyler (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary White Sir James Barrie (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Exo-Man Wallace Rogers (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Call of the Wild Simpson (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snowman Air Traffic Controller (Character) - 1975
      50% 40% The Terminal Man Dr. Arthur McPherson (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 40% Showdown Art Williams (Character) - 1973
      73% 46% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Manning (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil and Miss Sarah Appleton (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The File on Devlin Hywood (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Mice and Men Slim (Character) - 1968
      92% 77% Rachel, Rachel Niall Cameron (Character) - 1968

      TV

      Credit
      81% 95% The West Wing Talmidge Cregg (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bull Robert "the Kaiser" Roberts (Character) 2000-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Sheldon Hays (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 67% The Bourne Identity David Abbott (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Tim Carver (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Logan's Run Rem (Character) 1977-1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Nathaniel Mears (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Martin Davis (Guest Star) 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Joseph Graham (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Don McGrath (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Marlowe (Guest Star) 1969