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'The Thing' actor Donald Moffat has died, aged 87

Donald Moffat, the veteran character actor best known for playing the role of M.T. Garry in John Carpenter’s film The Thing, has died.

Moffat died on December 20th at the age of 87, a few days before his 88th birthday after suffering complications from a recent stroke, his daughter confirmed.

Moffat began his career as a stage actor in London before moving on to New York. Following the release of The Thing in 1982, Moffat also enjoyed major success in the role as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983), the corrupt U.S. President in Clear and Present Danger. 

Furthermore, the actor starred in features such as Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Regarding Henry and Trapped in Paradise as well as TV roles in The West WingBullColumbo and The Twilight Zone.

Moffat is survived by his wife, four children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.