A prolific bit player in features and television for over two decades, Rob Moran was a staple of comedies by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, including "There's Something About Mary" (1998) and "Hall Pass" (2011), while also appearing in numerous other features, TV series and made-for-TV movies. The Rhode Island native began in New York theater before moving to California in the mid-1980s. There, he worked in features for over a decade before landing a break of sorts with a minor role in the Farrellys' "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). He was soon a familiar face in their subsequent feature efforts while gradually moving up to featured guest roles, as well as series regular work on the short-lived but much-praised teen drama "South of Nowhere" (The N, 2005-2008). The new millennium found Moran moving between major roles in independent projects like the intense horror film "You're Next" (2011), bit parts in major features like "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), and roles of all sizes and types on television. Though anonymous to all but the most eagle-eyed viewers, Rob Moran was essentially the ideal for a working actor: persistent, versatile and blessed with longevity and good luck in his career.
Moran was raised in Barrington, Rhode Island and earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. After working behind the scenes on Broadway, Moran headed for Los Angeles, where he made his feature film debut in the independent action-thriller "Quiet Cool" (1986). Steady work in features and on television soon followed, most notably a minor turn as a bartender in the Farrelly Brothers' "Dumb and Dumber." Moran soon found himself a member of the duo's repertory company of players, playing bit and character parts in some of their biggest hits, including "Kingpin" (1996), "There's Something About Mary" and "Me Myself & Irene" (2000). His most substantive turn in a Farrelly production was unquestionably as "Second Tiffany," a transsexual hostess in the 2001 comedy "Shallow Hal" (2001). During this period, Moran also kept busy on various television projects, including a recurring turn as Arthur Shepard, who presided as mayor of Salem, the fictitious Midwestern setting for the long-running daytime soap "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ), from 2002 to 2003.
From 2005 to 2008, Moran played Arthur Carlin on the critically acclaimed and controversial teen series "South of Nowhere." His character struggled to keep his family together through a string of challenges, from infidelity and the death of a child to a major rift between his wife (Paula Carlin) and daughter (Gabrielle Christian) over the latter's relationship with another girl. Following the show's abrupt demise at the end of its third season, Moran returned to guest work on various series and supporting roles in various features, including a reunion with the Farrellys for "Hall Pass" and the rating juggernaut "Hatfields & McCoys" (The History Channel, 2012). He also enjoyed a rare major role as the head of a family under siege by masked killers in the violent horror-thriller "You're Next," before returning to bit parts in major features like "Star Trek Into Darkness."
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Feature film debut in "Quiet Cool"
Television debut in the TV movie "Police Story: The Watch Commander"
First collaboration with the Farrelly Brothers in "Dumb and Dumber"
Recurring role as Mayor Arthur Shepard on "Days of Our Lives"
Series regular on "South of Nowhere"
Minor role in "Hatfields & McCoys"
Minor role in "Star Trek Into Darkness"