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Michael Moriarty



Detroit-born Michael Moriarty was still in his teens when he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. At 22, Moriarty played Octavius Caesar in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Antony and Cleopatra, the first of many Shakespearean assignments. He made his Broadway bow in Trial of the Catonsville 9 and his film debut in 1972's Hickey and Boggs. In 1973 and 1974, no one was a likelier candidate for big-time stardom than Michael Moriarty. He starred as ingratiatingly egotistical ballplayer Henry Wiggen in theatrical feature Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), earned an Emmy for his portrayal of the Gentleman Caller in a TV adaptation of The Glass Menagerie, and won the Tony award for his work in the Broadway play Find Your Way Home. While his stage career flourished (he'd later star in well-received revivals of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and My Fair Lady) his movie career was not as successful. It was television that made Moriarty a "name" in the eyes of the public, especially after his chillingly effective Emmy-winning turn as pasty-faced Nazi bureaucrat Erik Dorf in the 1978 miniseries Holocaust. In his film appearances of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Moriarty evinced a preference for working in director Larry Cohen's low-budget horror efforts, which brought little in the way of prestige but which assured him juicy leading roles. He was particularly good in Cohen's Q (1982), as a scuzzy, unprincipled mercenary who becomes the film's hero-by-default. From 1990 to 1994, Moriarty earned three Emmy nominations for his work as Assistant DA Ben Stone in TV's Law and Order; he left the series in 1995, complaining that Attorney General Janet Reno's criticisms of TV violence seriously endangered his ability to perform at fullest capacity. In addition to his considerable acting accomplishments, Moriarty is a superb jazz pianist; he has cut albums with his own jazz trio, and is a frequent performer at Michael's Pub, a New York nitery which occasionally features director Woody Allen on the clarinet. In addition, Michael Moriarty can be seen as the Governor of New Jersey in Crime of the Century, a 1996 TV-movie recreation of the Bruno Richard Hauptmann trial.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Deadly Skies
  • Colonel Dutton
2007
No Score Yet Hitler Meets Christ
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Santa Baby
  • TJ Hamilton
2006
98% The War Tapes
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Wheeler
2006
No Score Yet Choosing Sides: I Remember Vietnam
  • Director
2005
14% Neverwas
  • Dick
2005
No Score Yet Swimming Upstream
  • Morris Bird II
2005
43% Latter Days
  • Bodyguard
2004
No Score Yet Major Crime
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Mob Princess
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Cold Blooded
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mob Princess
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead)
  • Adrian
2002
No Score Yet James Dean
  • Winton Dean
2001
31% Along Came a Spider
  • Senator Hank Rose
2001
No Score Yet Mindstorm
  • Schmidt
2001
No Score Yet Huyendo de la Ley
  • Larry Frank
2001
No Score Yet House of Luk
  • Mr. Kidd
2001
No Score Yet The Art of Murder
  • Cole
2000
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
  • Actor
2000
60% Hickey & Boggs
  • Ballard
2000
No Score Yet Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
  • Galileo
2000
70% Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season
  • Ray Preston
1999
No Score Yet Woman Wanted
  • Richard Goddard
1999
No Score Yet Galileo: On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Earthquake in New York
  • Capt. Paul Stenning
1998
No Score Yet Choosing Sides: I Remember Vietnam - The War At Home
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Choosing Sides: I Remember Vietnam - Fields of Fire
  • Actor
1998
73% Shiloh
  • Ray Preston
1997
No Score Yet Crime of the Century
  • Harold Hoffman
1996
85% Courage Under Fire
  • Gen. Hershberg
1996
No Score Yet Managua
  • Stanley Wheeler
1996
No Score Yet Calm at Sunset
  • Russell Pfeiffer
1996
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet A Good Day To Die
  • John Maxwell
1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust
  • John Maxwell
1995
No Score Yet Born Too Soon
  • Fox Butterfield
1993
No Score Yet Full Fathom Five
  • McKenzie
1990
No Score Yet The Secret of the Ice Cave
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Frank Nitti: The Enforcer
  • Hugh Kelly
1988
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Windmills of the Gods'
  • Ellison
1988
No Score Yet Dark Tower
  • Dennis Randall
1987
No Score Yet The Hanoi Hilton
  • Lt. Comdr. Williamson
1987
No Score Yet A Return to Salem's Lot
  • Joe Weber
1987
50% It's Alive III: Island of the Alive
  • Jarvis
1987
25% Troll
  • Harry Potter, Sr.
1986
92% Pale Rider
  • Hull Barret
1985
70% The Stuff
  • David 'Mo' Rutherford
1985
No Score Yet Odd Birds
  • Brother T.S. Murphy
1985
No Score Yet Blood Link
  • Craig
1982
65% Q
  • Jimmy Quinn
1982
No Score Yet The Sound of Murder
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Too Far to Go
  • Richard Maple
1979
No Score Yet The Winds Of Kitty Hawk
  • Wilbur Wright
1978
71% Who'll Stop the Rain
  • John Converse
1978
No Score Yet Reborn
  • Mark
1978
No Score Yet Report to the Commissioner
  • Bo Lockley
1975
No Score Yet Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue
  • Herbert G. Rucker
1974
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie
  • Jim O'Connor
1973
93% The Last Detail
  • Duty Officer
1973
88% Bang The Drum Slowly
  • Henry Wiggen
1973
No Score Yet My Old Man's Place
  • Trubee Pell
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • ADA Ben Stone Exec. Asst. DA Ben Stone Stone
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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