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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, 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).

A bushy-browed veteran character player of stage and screen since the 1960s, 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).

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 61* (2001) Ford Frick
2.
 Cookie's Fortune (1999) Jack Palmer
3.
 Smile Like Yours, A (1997) Dr Felber
4.
 Evening Star, The (1996) Hector Scott
5.
 Is There Life Out There? (1994) Grandpa Walter
6.
 Trapped in Paradise (1994) Clifford Anderson
7.
 Clear and Present Danger (1994) Us President Edward Bennett
8.
 Love, Cheat & Steal (1993) Frank Harrington
9.
 Housesitter (1992) George Davis
10.
 Majority Rule (1992) Walter Simms
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
London stage debut, "Macbeth"
1957:
Broadway debut, "Under Milkwood"
1968:
Feature acting debut, "Rachel, Rachel"
1968:
Appeared as Dr. Marcus Polk in the daytime soap "One Life to Live"
1974:
Co-starred in the short-lived series, The New Land"
1977:
Portrayed Harry Hopkins in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years"
:
Co-starred as Rem the android on the series "Logan's Run"
1980:
First collaboration with director Robert Altman, "Health"
1980:
Appeared in the series "The Chisholms"
1980:
Played the Taxman in Altman's "Popeye"
1983:
Cast as Lyndon Johnson in "The Right Stuff"
1990:
Played Tom Hanks' father in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
1994:
Portrayed Edgar Halcyon in "Armistad Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)
1994:
Cast as the US President in "Clear and Present Danger"
1999:
Reteamed with Altman for "Cookie's Fortune"
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Education

King Edward VI School: -
Dartington Hall: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: - 1952 - 1954

Companions close complete companion listing

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

Family close complete family listing

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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