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Donald Moffat Dies at 87

Moffat was a four-time Tony nominee.

Donald Moffat has died at the age of 87.
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Beloved character actor Donald Moffat has died at the age of 87.

British-born, Moffat began his Broadway career in 1957 with Under Milk Wood. His last Broadway role came in 1995 with The Heiress. In between, he received Tony nominations for his performances in The Wild Duck and Right You Are If You Think You Are, both in 1967, as well as for Play Memory in 1984 and The Iceman Cometh in 1986.

A veteran of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Moffat played Titus Andronicus and Falstaff at the Delacorte Theatre, and received an Obie Award for his performance in Tina Howe's Painting Churches at Second Stage Theatre. His final stage appearance came in John Guare's 2002 play A Few Stout Individuals for Signature Theatre.

Onscreen, Moffat is best known for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff, the President in Clear and Present Danger, Edgar Halcyon in Tales of the City, Garry in The Thing, and Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in HBO's 61*.

Moffat is survived by his wife, Gwen Arner; his children, Lynn Moffat, Catherine Railton, Kathleen Moffat, and Gabriel Moffat; and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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