RADA alumnus Donald Moffat made his London stage debut in 1954, playing the First Murderer in MacBeth. On stage, the wiry, angular Moffat excelled in the plays of Ibsen and Moliere; on screen, he has since carved his niche in eccentric, unpredictable roles. He has also sparkled in authoritative characterizations, both bombastic (a tantrum-tossing LBJ in 1981's The Right Stuff, a fascistic Colonel Ruppert in the 1991 TV movie Babe Ruth) and cool-headed (the fictional U.S. president in 1993's A Clear and Present Danger, Kennedy in-law Hugh Auchincloss in the 1982 video presentation Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy). In addition, Moffat has brightened many a Robert Altman production, most prominently as the ubiquitous bike-riding tax collector in Popeye (1980). Donald Moffat's TV-series resum� includes such roles as an immigrant Scandinavian minister in The New Land (1974), a lovable android in Logan's Run (1977), and all-knowing Dr. Marcus Polk on the ABC daytimer One Life to Live.
Let's go straight to the Oval Office, then. Donald Moffat's work here as President Bennett is excellent. Around the time of every US presidential election, websites fall over themselves to do a list of the top 10 fictional heads of state, but Moffat rarely gets mentioned. Yet he's eerily plausible. He made an election promise to crack down on drugs, yet he's made no tangible difference during his time in office. This feels like a very real problem.
Now: Masur has appeared in 'Risky Businss,' 'Six Degrees of Separation,' and the 'My Girl' films. He reunited with 'Thing' co-star Donald Moffat for '61*,' and made a guest appearance on the first season of 'Girls' as Hannah's touchy-feely boss.
Then: Lee Van Cleef, who had just worked with Carpenter in 'Escape from New York,' was considered for the role of Garry, along with Jerry Orbach, Kevin Conway, and Powers Boothe. The part went to Donald Moffat, who had previously appeared in the TV version of 'Logan's Run.'