D. W. Moffett
D. W. Moffett Born Donald Warren Moffett
October 26, 1954
Highland Park, Illinois
Donald Warren Moffett (born October 26, 1954) is an American actor known for the recurring role of Joe McCoy on the NBC series Friday Night Lights since 2008, and as Dean Winston on The WB series, For Your Love.
Moffett was born in Highland Park, Illinois and raised in nearby Wilmette. He took the stage name of "D.W." to avoid confusion with British actor Donald Moffat. The Moffetts are able to trace their ancestry to Jean de Mophet. de Mophet was a Norman knight who invaded England with William the Conqueror in 1066 CE. Mophet was anglicized to Moffat and later Moffett. The town of Moffat, Scotland in the borderlands of Scotland and England is the Moffett's ancestral home.
In the years 1969-1970 Moffett attended a private secondary school in Germany, (Schule Schloss Neubeuern). After attending Stanford University, where he majored in political science, he found himself back in Chicago working as an investment banker. He was lured by a friend to the St. Nicholas Theater Company on a whim, where he began studying with William H. Macy. Shortly thereafter, he fell in love with the stage, and started his own theater company, called Remains Theater.
After a long and successful career on stage in Chicago, he went with John Malkovich to perform in Balm In Gilead in New York City. He then starred opposite Brad Davis in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, for which he won critical acclaim. He played opposite Matt Dillon in Boys of Winter, and was most recently seen on stage at the Old Vic theater in London, playing opposite Kevin Spacey in The Philadelphia Story.
Moffett has had a long and successful career in film as well. He is most memorable in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. He played Bob Hardy in the series Hidden Palms for the CW Network and starred in the 2007 CW series Life Is Wild as Dr. Danny Clarke. He is co-starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights.
In 2011, Moffett was cast in the series Happily Divorced as Elliot. He also plays as John Kennish: Bay's father and Daphne and Toby's biological father, in the ABC Family series, Switched at Birth (TV series).
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