It's not often that a Stanford grad with a degree in International Relations opts to pursue a performing career. But while Moffett claims he enrolled in his first acting class solely to meet girls, he found a vocation instead. After studying his craft at David Mamet's Chicago-based St. Nicholas Theater, this handsome character player embarked on a stage career, cofounding the avant-garde troupe Remains Theatre Ensemble with the likes of CSI's William Petersen and Monk's Ted Levine. In 1985, he took a risk by playing two gay characters with AIDS long before that kind of role became fashionable for straight actors. In Larry Kramer's groundbreaking off-Broadway drama The Normal Heart, Moffett earned raves as a closeted journalist involved with a gay activist (played by Brad Davis, who succumbed to the virus in 1991). Moffett was equally affecting in his small-screen debut, An Early Frost, the first-ever TV-movie to tackle AIDS, as a man who may have unwittingly infected his partner. For the next two decades, Moffett remained gainfully, if at times anonymously, employed, segueing seamlessly from stage (he appeared on Broadway in Contact and at London's Old Vic opposite Kevin Spacey in The Philadelphia Story) to TV (recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Nip/Tuck) to film (he was particularly memorable as a sleazy, virgin-coveting lawyer in Stealing Beauty and shared in a SAG Award for best ensemble for Traffic). He shifted his focus to television in 2007, landing leading roles on two short-lived CW series (Hidden Palms, Life Is Wild), and the following year he joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights, playing evil football dad Joe McCoy. In his spare time, Moffett is an avid rug collector, and considers his prized possession to be a 19th-century Caucasian rug.
- Attended high school in Germany.
- Worked at a bank before quitting to take acting lessons at St. Nicholas Theater, where he studied with William H. Macy.
- A founding member of Chicago's Remains Theatre Ensemble.
- Collects rugs.
- 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- Kristal Rogers — Wife
- Lily Stewart Moffett — Daughter
- Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (BA in International Relations)
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- Birth Name: Donald Warren Moffett
- Birth Place: Highland Park, IL
- Birthday: October 26, 1954, Scorpio
- Profession: Actor
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