For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Donald Moffat

Donald Moffat – It’s a Presidential Thing!

If you asked most people to remark on Donald Moffat’s career, they’d most probably respond with “Who??”, but Moffat played three great roles in three iconic films. The station commander in the remake of The Thing (starring Kurt Russell) and then two presidents, one historic in the form of Lyndon B Johnson in The Right Stuff, and as the fictional, and corruptly sinnister, president in Clear and Present Danger. These roles, to me, were remarkably acted and if you look back on Moffat’s film career then you wouldn’t be surprised. He has played and wide variety of roles in film and tv and he earned nominations and praise for it.

Born in Plymouth, Devon in the UK on Boxing Day 1930, he spent his entire childhood in and around Totnes in Devon before entering National Service with the UK Military and after that he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His first stage work was at The Old Vic in London and then relocated to the USA, got married and worked as a Bartender and a Lumberjack. He realised that he was an actor, and needed to act, so he did and worked as a carpenter and his wife took on an ironing job to supplement his stage income.

Moffat’s stage work continued and he was nominated for a Tony award for his role in The Wild Duck and Right If You Think You Are. Moffat appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and, dare I say the N word again, nominated for a host of awards and, unfairly, nominated more than he actually won.

Moffat was one of those character actors that could bring out immense colour and vibrance in a part that had only a few minutes of screen time as well as the constant roles he had in quite a few tv series and films. Be it a cowboy or the president of the United States, Moffat gave great quality and credence to his roles.

Moffat died on December 20th 2018, just 6 days short of his 88th birthday, from complications of a stroke.

Related Posts
They Live [Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook]

They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They Live. Horror master John Carpenter Read more

The Fantastic Four (1994)

It remains officially unreleased, but 1994's The Fantastic Four (which was only made so that the film company could retain the rights) was still better than the the 2015 movie Read more

Terry Pratchett’s Truckers

Terry Pratchett's Truckers is a stop motion animated series that is adapted from the first book of Terry Pratchett's The Nome Trilogy, produced in the United Kingdom by Cosgrove Hall Read more

Rutger Hauer

Remembering Rutger Hauer – All Those Moments Will Be Lost like Tears in The Rain Born Rutger Oelsen Hauer on 23rd January 1944 in Breukelen in the Netherlands during the Read more

Rip Torn

Remembering Rip Torn – The Chief of Men in Black Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr on February 6th 1931 to parents Elmore Rual Torn Sr. and Thelma Mary Torn (nee Read more

Richard Herd

Richard Herd has added his talents to the mix of nearly every film and tv star in the last fifty-ish years. It is easier to do a list of the Read more

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman – A character actor’s character actor Richard Erdman was born on June 1st 1925, he was an actor and director and was considered a successful character actor with Read more

Reni Santoni

Reni Santoni was born on April 21st 1939 in New York City. Growing up he briefly played professional baseball and originally planned on being a sports journalist but then began Read more

Questprobe (1984)

Questprobe is a trilogy of graphical adventure computer games that came out in 1984/85 that features Marvel Comics characters. The games were designed by Scott Adams, developed and published by Adventure Read more

Preview: The Thing [Limited Edition Steelbook Bluray]

Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York) delivers "a masterful exercise in claustrophobic suspense… [with] elaborate special effects [that] set a high standard for films that followed" (TV Read more

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew - Farewell to the First Wookie When I was just 8 years old, my Dad took me to see a little-known film called Star Wars.  I was mesmerised Read more

Paula Malcomson

Born on 1st June 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Paula Malcomson has become a prolific character actor who manages to steal the show no matter the size of her role Read more

Paul Darrow

Paul Darrow was a British actor best known for his role as Kerr Avon in the British Sci-Fi series Blake’s 7. Born Paul Valentine Birkby on May 2nd 1941 Darrow Read more

Nadja Regin

Nadja Regin – From Serbia With Love Nadja Regin appeared in two Bond films, From Russia With Love as the lonely girlfriend of MI6 station boss Ali Kerim Bey and Read more

Max Wright

Max Wright – The Co-Star upstaged by an Inanimate Object Best known for being Willie Tanner, the father of the family that took in ALF, George Edward Maxwell Wright, better Read more

Marta DuBois

Marta Estela DuBois was born on December 15th 1952 in David, Chiriquí, Panama. She debuted on the big screen as Shady Landeros in 1979's Boulevard Nights and would go on to appear Read more

Larry DiTillio

We remember Larry DiTillio - The Fan-Boys' Writer Born Lawrence G DiTillio on 15th February, 1948, little is known of his upbringing but it wasn’t until in to his 20’s Read more

Judy Geeson

Judy Geeson was Born in Arundel, Sussex, on 10th September 1948. At the age of ten years old her family moved to London and soon enrolled Judy and sister Sally Read more

John Quarmby

John Quarmby – The Health Inspector Will See You Now Basil John Quarmby was an understated actor but was most famous for his role as Mr Carnegie, the Health Inspector Read more

Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher - Not The Highest Form of Intelligence in The Universe but High Enough Joel Schumacher was born in New York City and raised by his mother after his Read more

%d bloggers like this: