‘The Right Stuff’ Actor Donald Moffat Dies @ 87

Six days shy of his 88th birthday, longtime stage, TV and film actor Donald Moffat has died of complications from a recent stroke, The New York Times reports.

Moffat with Tom Hanks (b. 1956) in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) (Image via Warner Bros.)

The highly recognizable actor was a veteran of the New York stage, including in The Wild Duck (1966; Tony-nominated), Right You Are (If You Think You Are) (1966; Tony-nominated), Painting Churches (1983),  Play Memory (1984), The Iceman Cometh (1985), Titus Andronicus (1989), As You Like It (1992) and A Few Stout Individuals (2002).

Donald Moffat (December 26, 1930—December 20, 2018)

The British-born Moffat's TV work began in the '50s, with more memorable roles including a stint on One Life to Live (1968-1969), a creepy episode of Night Gallery (1971), a run as android Rem in Logan's Run (1977-1978), a turn as Brooks Oliver on Dallas (1982-1983) and six episodes of the then-controversial PBS miniseries Tales of the City (1993). He appeared in many TV movies and miniseries, and on the big screen made his biggest impact in Rachel, Rachel (1968), Earthquake (1974), Winter Kills (1979), The Thing (1982), as Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) in The Right Stuff (1983) and as a morally bankrupt POTUS in Clear and Present Danger (1994) — his career seemed to accelerate as he aged.

The twice-married actor, who had retired in 2005, is survived by his wife, actress Gwen Arner (b. 1932), by three daughters and a son, by 10 grandchildren and by three great-grandchildren.

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment