Donald Moffat of John Carpenter's 'The Thing' Dies at 87

The veteran actor also appeared in 'Clear and Present Danger,' 'The Right Stuff,' 'The West Wing,' 'Bull' and more
Donald Moffat of John Carpenter's 'The Thing' Dies at 87
Donald Moffat — the veteran character actor who played M.T. Garry in John Carpenter's The Thing — has died. Moffat passed away following complications of a recent stroke, the New York Times reports. He died on Thursday (December 20) at the age of 87, just a few days before his 88th birthday.

In addition to starring in The Thing, Moffat famously appeared in the film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger, as well as in The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Regarding Henry and Trapped in Paradise, among many other films.

He also had prominent TV roles in shows such as The West Wing, Bull, Columbo and The Twilight Zone.

Besides acting in both film and television, Moffat was nominated for the "Best Actor" Tony Award twice in 1967, for both Right You Are (If You Think You Are) and The Wild Duck.

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