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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 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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Made his London stage debut in "Macbeth"
Made his Broadway debut in "Under Milkwood"
Appeared as Dr. Marcus Polk in the daytime soap "One Life to Live"
Feature acting debut, "Rachel, Rachel"
Co-starred in the short-lived series, The New Land"
Portrayed Harry Hopkins in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"
First collaboration with director Robert Altman, "Health"
Appeared in the series "The Chisholms"
Played the Taxman in Altman's "Popeye"
Played Gary in John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing"
Cast as Lyndon Johnson in "The Right Stuff"
Played Tom Hanks' father in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Portrayed Edgar Halcyon in "Armistad Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)
Cast as the U.S. President in "Clear and Present Danger"
Reteamed with Altman for "Cookie's Fortune"
Had recurring role on "Bull"
Appeared in final screen role as a judge on "Law & Order: Trial by Jury"