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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).

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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.
 Clear and Present Danger (1994) Us President Edward Bennett
7.
 Love, Cheat & Steal (1993) Frank Harrington
8.
 Majority Rule (1992) Walter Simms
10.
 No Time to Die (1992) Sheldon Hays
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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

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

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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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