D.W. Moffett

D.W. Moffett

Born: October 26, 1954
Age: 69
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois
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Donald Warren "D. W." Moffett (born October 26, 1954) is an American actor known for the recurring role of Joe McCoy on the NBC series Friday Night Lights, as Dean Winston on NBC/The WB series For Your Love, as John Kennish on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and as Elliott in the TVLand sitcom Happily Divorced.


Early life

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 Moffetts’ ancestral home.

In the years 1969-1974, 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 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 was most memorable in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. He also appeared in the 2003 movie Thirteen.

On television, he starred in NBC's made-for-television film adaptation of Danielle Steel's novel Fine Things (1990) alongside Tracy Pollan. From 1998 to 2002, he was a main cast member on the NBC (later WB) sitcom For Your Love. 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 then co-starred in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights. Since 2011, Moffett has been cast in the series Happily Divorced as Elliot, an on/off love interest of the main character played by Fran Drescher. He also plays as John Kennish: Bay's and Toby's father and Daphne's biological father, in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth. He was also in the "Naked Brother's Band" playing as the elementary school principal.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Black Widow Michael
1987 Misfit Brigade, TheThe Misfit Brigade Capt. Von Barring
1989 Lisa Richard
1990 Pacific Heights Bill
1992 Miss Beatty's Children Alan Chandler
1993 Falling Down Det. Lydecker
1995 Rough Magic Cliff Wyatt
1996 Little Death, TheThe Little Death Paul Hannon
1996 Stealing Beauty Richard
1996 Joe's Wedding Joe McCarthy
1999 Molly Mark Cottrell
2000 Traffic Jeff Sheridan
2001 Kill Me Later Mathew Richmond
2003 Thirteen Travis Freeland
2004 Twisted Ray Porter
2005 Special Ed Sonny
2005 Tennis, Anyone...? Courtney Conte
2008 Visioneers Jeffers
2008 bgFATLdy Jack Wagner
2009 Smell of Success, TheThe Smell of Success Agent Chestnut
2010 Skateland Steakhouse Manager
2011 Sitter, TheThe Sitter Dr. Pedulla
2011 Picture Paris Randy Larson Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Early Frost, AnAn Early Frost Peter Hilton TV movie
1986 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Mitchell Episode: "No Conscience"
1986 As the World Turns Dr. Peter Chapin TV series
1986 Miami Vice Thomas Waldman Episode: "Forgive Us Our Debts"
1987-1988 Oldest Rookie, TheThe Oldest Rookie Det. Tony Jonas 8 episodes
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set Cliff Harriston TV movie
1989 Dream Breakers Mark O'Connor TV movie
1989 American Playhouse James Rodker Episode: "Ask Me Again"
1989 Midnight Caller Robin Brigade / The Iceman Episode: "Evil Is Live Spelled Backward: Parts 1 & 2"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Logan Andrews Episode: "'Til Death"
1990 Fine Things Bernie Fine TV movie
1990 Lifestories Steve Burdick Episode: "Steve Burdick"
1991 Palace Guard Tommy Logan 8 episodes
1992 In the Deep Woods Frank McCarry TV movie
1993 Lies and Lullabies Gabriel TV movie
1994 Counterfeit Contessa, TheThe Counterfeit Contessa Dawson Everett TV movie
1994 Passion for Justice: The Hazel Smith Story, AA Passion for Justice: The Hazel Smith Story Smitty TV movie
1994 Star Struck Colton TV movie
1995 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits James Heatherton Episode: "Second Soul"
1995 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Dylan Michael Michaels Episode: "Comet Nails Star and Vice Versa!"
1996 Secret She Carried, TheThe Secret She Carried Mitch Hayward TV movie
1997 Fired Up James Collins Episode: "A Concurrent Affair"
1997 Chicago Sons Mike Kulchak 13 episodes
1998 Union Square Tom Episode: "What Are Friends For?"
1998 Perfect Prey Det. Jimmy Cerullo TV movie
1998-2002 For Your Love Dean Winston 84 episodes
1999 Song from the Heart, AA Song from the Heart Gregory Pavan TV movie
2001-2002 Crossing Jordan Det. Eddy Winslow 4 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Dr. James Welmont Episode: "Bunk"
2003 Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected Love Jack Mayer TV movie
2003 Watching Ellie Billy Episode: "Date"
2003 Cold Case Todd Whitley Episode: "Look Again"
2003 Without a Trace Alan Hodges Episode: "Coming Home"
2003-2004 Skin Skip Ziti 6 episodes
2004 Deerings, TheThe Deerings Jack Denny TV movie
2004 Nip/Tuck Kevin Hotchkiss Episode: "Trudy Nye"
Episode: "Sean McNamara"
2005 Riding the Bus with My Sister Rick TV movie
2005 Wild Card Miles Jacobs Episode: "Multiple Personality Fatality"
2005 Commander in Chief Mike Stanton Episode: "The Mom Who Came to Dinner"
2006 Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel Worth Webster 4 episodes
2006 Close to Home Joseph Wright Episode: "Dead or Alive"
Episode: "Still a Small Town"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Grant Harrington Episode: "Privilege"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Michael Pellington Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"
2007 Numb3rs Bob Tombrello Episode: "Pandora's Box"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Dale Episode: "Delia's First Ghost"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Allan Episode: "The Other Side of This Life: Part 1"
2007 Hidden Palms Bob Hardy 8 episodes
2007-2008 Life Is Wild Danny Clark 13 episodes
2008-2010 Friday Night Lights Joe McCoy 20 episodes
2009 Operating Instructions Brandon Zisk TV pilot
2009 Lie to Me Dr. Jeffrey Buchanan Episode: "The Best Policy"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paul Olsen Episode: "Shattered"
2010-2014 Hot in Cleveland Chester 2 Episodes: "Birth Dates" & "Stayin' Alive"
2010 Closer, TheThe Closer Jeffrey Walters Episode: "Help Wanted"
2010 Covert Affairs Sen. Jarvis Episode: "Houses of the Holy"
2011 In Plain Sight Julian Conrad Episode: "Second Crime Around"
2011-2012 Happily Divorced Elliot 11 episodes
2011-present Switched at Birth John Kennish Main role
2013 Criminal Minds James Blake 1 episode
2015 Chicago Med Cornelius Rhodes


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Real Thing, TheThe Real Thing Billy Replacement
1985 Normal Heart, TheThe Normal Heart Felix Turner 1985 Boys of Winter, TheThe Boys of Winter Bonney
1989 Speed-the-Plow
2001-2002 Contact Michael Wiley Replacement
2005 Philadelphia Story, TheThe Philadelphia Story Mike Connor
2009 Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation

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