Donald Moffat

For American author, see Donald Moffitt.
Donald Moffat
Born (1930-12-26) 26 December 1930
Plymouth, Devon, England, UK
Years active 1956-2005
Spouse(s) Anne Murray Ellsperman (1954-1968; divorced) 2 children
Gwen Arner (1970-present); 2 children

Donald Moffat (born 26 December 1930) is an English actor, long based in the United States.

Early life

Moffat was born in Plymouth, Devon, the only child of Kathleen Mary (née Smith) and Walter George Moffat, an insurance agent.[1] 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.


Moffat began his career as a stage actor in London and New York. His first work was at the Old Vic Theatre Company in London. 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 Award 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. [2]

Among his best known film roles are as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983), the corrupt U.S. President in Clear and Present Danger, as well as Garry, the station commander in The Thing. He has appeared on television in Logan's Run, 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. 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. One of his last roles was as Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in the HBO movie, 61*.

Selected TV and filmography


  1. Donald Moffat profile at
  2. "The Sleep Room", The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 80, Number 4, December 1999 pp. 698-705

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