Donald Moffat of The Thing and The Right Stuff dead from complications of recent stroke at age 87
Donald Moffat died at the age of 87 on Friday.
The veteran stage and film actor who starred in such film as John Carpenter’s The Thing and 1983’s The Right Stuff passed away from complications of a recent stroke.
Moffat’s daughter, Lynn, told The New York Times her father died in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Rest in peace: Donald Moffat died at the age of 87 in New York on Friday; (pictured 1995)
The actor was born in the United Kingdom in 1930 and moved to the U.S. when he was 26 years old.
‘One reason he was anxious to leave England was the class system,’ Lynn said.
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‘He hated it. And he loved Americans.
‘He met many American G.I.s in Totnes, in Devonshire, where he lived as a boy. It was in the American sector for the D-Day invasions.
Best known: He is best known for his movie work as Garry, the station commander, in the horror classic The Thing with Kurt Russell
Presidential: He played Lyndon B. Johnson in Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff, about America’s first astronauts, with Ed Harris
He also met many Americans after the war at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he studied, including his first wife, Anne Murray.’
He is best known for his movie work as Garry, the station commander, in the horror classic The Thing and as Lyndon B. Johnson in Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff, about America’s first astronauts.
He also received two Tony nominations on Broadway, both in 1967.
Famous roles: He was part of Clear And Present Danger with Harrison Ford
On television, Mr. Moffat appeared as Dr. Marcus Polk in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (1968-69), as Rem the android in the CBS science-fiction series Logan’s Run (1977-78) and as the Rev. Lars Lundstrom in The New Land, the 1974 ABC drama series about Swedish immigrants.
He was also seen in episodes of Mannix, Ironside, Gunsmoke and The Defenders.
Moffat retired from acting in 2005 and one of his last appearances was an off-Broadway production of A Few Stout Individuals in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, four daughters, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Comic veteran: Donald in HouseSitter with Julie Harris from 1992
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