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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 5, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, composer, playwright, novelist, pianist

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A stage, screen and TV actor, Michael Moriarty came to prominence with his sensitive performance as baseball pitcher Henry Wiggen in the acclaimed 1973 drama, "Bang the Drum Slowly". Not all of Moriarty's subsequent work has lived up to that early promise, nor has he proven to be "box office", yet he has remained in demand for stage and TV roles. Additionally, he has branched out as a composer and jazz pianist.

A stage, screen and TV actor, Michael Moriarty came to prominence with his sensitive performance as baseball pitcher Henry Wiggen in the acclaimed 1973 drama, "Bang the Drum Slowly". Not all of Moriarty's subsequent work has lived up to that early promise, nor has he proven to be "box office", yet he has remained in demand for stage and TV roles. Additionally, he has branched out as a composer and jazz pianist.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 12 Hours to Live (2006)
2.
 Neverwas (2005)
3.
 Swimming Upstream (2004) Morris Bird Ii
4.
 Children of My Heart (2001) Rodrigue Emyard
5.
 House of Luk (2001) Mr Kidd
6.
 Mindstorm (2001) Schmidt
7.
 Along Came a Spider (2001) Senator Hank Rose
8.
 James Dean (2001) Winton Dean
9.
 Bad Faith (2000)
10.
 Out of Line (2000)
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1963:
Stage debut as Octavius, "Antony and Cleopatra" at the New York Shakespeare Festival
1971:
Film debut, "Glory Boy"
1973:
Henry Wiggen in "Bang the Drum Slowly"
1973:
TV movie debut, "A Summer Without Boys"; Jim in "The Glass Menagerie"
1974:
Julian Weston, "Find Your Way Home", Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NY
1978:
Erik Dorf, "Holocaust" miniseries
1979:
Debut as playwright, "Flight to the Fatherland"
1982:
Contributed song, "Evil Dream" to feature "Q"
1984:
Symphony for String Orchestra" performed in NY
1990:
Starred as Ben Stone in "Law & Order"
1990:
Album "Reaching Out" released
1994:
Replaced Richard Chamberlain as Henry Higgins in revival of "My Fair Lady" on Broadway
1995:
Starred in miniseries, "Children of the Dust"
1996:
First feature in six years, "Courage Under Fire"
1996:
Wrote and acted in one-person show, "Special Providence"
1997:
Joined the cast of the synidcated series "The PSI Factor"
2001:
Cast as James Dean's father in the TNT biopic "James Dean"
2002:
Cast in the television miniseries "Living With The Dead"
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Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
Dartmouth College: Hanover , New Hampshire - 1963

Notes

He was awarded honorary doctorate from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

After his departure from "Law & Order" in 1994, Moriarty took out a full-page advertisement in Daily Variety claiming he was, essentially, being blacklisted for his stand againt Attorney General Janet Reno's assault on Hollywood, and that he would be leaving the country because he could not find work here. He started a foundation and asked for contributions.

Moriarty faced court proceedings in Vancouver for allegedly striking his common-law wife Margaret Brychka in November 2000. The actor told the Vancouver Sun in December 2000 that he's an alcoholic. The court stayed the assault charge on the condition that he stay away from Brychka when he is drinking.

"I get involved in things that, ordinarily, people say, 'Don't get involved in that. It's ruining your career, dahling!' And I said, "I dont' care. I'm doing roles that I would do otherwise.' So, I've been very lucky in being able to not have to worry about good taste. I don't mind bad taste occasionally. It's fun." --Moriarty in Daily News, January 25, 1995.

Moriarty's roommate at Dartmouth was actor Stephen Macht.

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wife:
Francoise Martinet. Married in 1966; divorced; mother of Matthew.
wife:
Anne Hamilton Martin. Divorced.
wife:
Suzana Cabrita. Met during the filming of the TV-movie "Calm at Dawn"; married in October 1988; separated.
companion:
Margaret Brychka. Common-law wife; Moriarty reportedly assaulted her in an incident that occurred in 2000.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
George Moriarty.
mother:
Elinor Paul Moriarty.
son:
Matthew Christopher Moriarty.

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