Donald Moffat

Donald Moffat

Highest Rated: 88% Winter Kills (1979)

Lowest Rated: 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1930

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England, UK

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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
85% 90% 61 Ford Frick (Character) - 2001
86% 65% Cookie's Fortune Jack Palmer (Character) - 1999
6% 19% A Smile Like Yours Dr. Felber (Character) $3.3M 1997
22% 62% The Evening Star Hector Scott (Character) $12.7M 1996
10% 41% Trapped in Paradise Clifford Anderson (Character) $5.8M 1994
80% 74% Clear and Present Danger President Bennett (Character) $121.5M 1994
No Score Yet 24% Love, Cheat & Steal Frank Harrington (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 92% Is There Life Out There? Grandpa Walter (Character) - 1994
40% 47% Housesitter George Davis (Character) $58.1M 1992
No Score Yet 55% Columbo: No Time to Die Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Majority Rule Walter Simms (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 33% Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story O'Connell (Character) - 1992
75% 51% Class Action Fred Quinn (Character) $23.9M 1991
41% 63% Regarding Henry Charlie Cameron (Character) $41M 1991
No Score Yet 67% Babe Ruth Jacob Ruppert (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Pretender Owen Milner (Character) - 1991
16% 26% The Bonfire of the Vanities Mr. McCoy (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: Flowers for Matty Garrett Fitzsimons (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 85% Kaleidoscope Arthur Patterson (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 83% A Son's Promise Paw Paw (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 69% Cross of Fire George Oberholtzer (Character) - 1989
72% 77% Music Box Harry Talbot (Character) $5.1M 1989
13% 50% Far North Uncle Dane (Character) $23.7K 1988
85% 84% The Unbearable Lightness of Being Chief Surgeon (Character) $9.3M 1988
No Score Yet 60% Desperado Malloy (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 34% Monster in the Closet Gen. Turnbull (Character) - 1987
31% 43% The Best of Times The Colonel (Character) $5.8M 1986
No Score Yet 15% Houston: The Legend of Texas Col. John Allen (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 35% Alamo Bay Wally (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 33% License to Kill Webster (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes Patrolman (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 58% Who Will Love My Children? Dick Thomas (Character) - 1983
85% 92% The Thing Garry (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Lions Vreeland (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Hugh Auchincloss (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Nickel Sam (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Days of Summer Josef Kaplan (Character) - 1980
61% 39% Popeye The Taxman (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 12% Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Wally Ball (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. R's Daughter Frank Randell (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 60% Promises in the Dark Dr. Walter McInerny (Character) - 1979
88% 55% Winter Kills Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 27% H.E.A.L.T.H. Colonel Cody (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 80% The Gift of Love William Schuyler (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary White Sir James Barrie (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exo-Man Wallace Rogers (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call of the Wild Simpson (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snowman Air Traffic Controller (Character) - 1975
53% 44% The Terminal Man Dr. Arthur McPherson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 43% Showdown Art Williams (Character) - 1973
73% 45% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Manning (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil and Miss Sarah Appleton (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Mice and Men Slim (Character) - 1968
86% 77% Rachel, Rachel Niall Cameron (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
75% 95% The West Wing Talmidge Cregg (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 72% Bull Robert "the Kaiser" Roberts (Character) 2000-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sleep Room Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Sheldon Hays (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bourne Identity David Abbott (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Logan's Run Rem (Character) 1977-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Joseph Graham (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Don McGrath (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Marlowe (Guest Star) 1969

QUOTES FROM Donald Moffat CHARACTERS

Garry says: This is pure nonsense. It doesn't prove a thing.

MacReady says: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one that could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

Jack Palmer says: He died alright about four years later in Alabama, in a button factory accident.

Emma Duvall says: A button factory?

Camille Orcutt says: Seems the hole poker machine broke loose and fell on him. He had 273 holes in him before they could get it off.

Garry says: This is pure nonsense. Doesn't prove a thing.

MacReady says: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. And when you find the time I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!!!

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. And when you find the time I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

Garry says: But I've known Bennings for ten years!

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

Garry says: I'll put this right through your HEAD.

Garry says: I don't know about Copper...But I give you my word I did not go near that blood.....But I guess you'll all feel a little easier...If someone else was in charge.

Garry says: I don't know about Copper. But I give you my word I did not go near that blood... But I guess you'll all feel a little easier, if someone else was in charge.

Garry says: The generator's gone.

MacReady says: Any way we can fix it?

Garry says: It's GONE, MacReady.

Garry says: You reach anybody, yet?

Windows says: Reach anybody? We're a thousand miles from nowhere, man. And it's gonna get a hell of a lot worse before it gets any better!

Garry says: Well stick to it, Windows. Stick to it.

Bennings says: Winds are gonna die down a tad over the next couple of hours.

Garry says: A TAD?

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot. But when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F*CKING COUCH!

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

Garry says: This is pure nonsense. It doesn't prove a thing.

MacReady says: I thought you'd feel that way, Garry. You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last.

MacReady says: I don't know...it's like this: thousands of years ago this spaceship crashes, and this thing, whatever it is, jumps out or crawls out and gets entombed in the ice.

MacReady says: I don't know, it's like this: thousands of years ago this spaceship crashes, and this thing, whatever it is, jumps out or crawls out and gets entombed in the ice.

Garry says: So, the Norwegians find it, and they dig it out of the ice...

MacReady says: That's right, Garry. They dig it up; they cart it back to their base. Somehow it gets thawed; it wakes up, probably not the best of moods, and...I don't know. I wasn't there!

MacReady says: That's right, Garry. They dig it up; they cart it back to their base. Somehow it gets thawed; it wakes up, probably not the best of moods, and, I don't know. I wasn't there!

Garry says: You reach anybody, yet?

Windows says: Reach anybody? We're a thousand miles from nowhere, man. And it's gonna get a hell of a lot worse before it gets any better!

Garry says: The generator's gone.

MacReady says: Any way we can we fix it?

Garry says: It's "gone", MacReady.

Garry says: It's 'gone', MacReady.

Garry says: My god, what was happening to him?

MacReady says: If it had any more time, just a few minutes more to finish, it would have looked and sounded and acted just like Bennings!

Garry says: I don't know what you're saying.

MacReady says: That was one of those things out there, trying to imitate him, Garry. Come on.

Garry says: MacReady, I know Bennings, I've known him for ten years. He's my friend.

MacReady says: We've gotta burn the rest of him.

Garry says: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!