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Peter Donat


B: January 20, 1928 in Kentville, Nova Scotia
D: September 10, 2018 in Point Reyes Station, California

Pierre Collingwood Donat, better known simply as Peter Donat was the nephew of British actor Robert Donat, who won an Academy Award for his lead role in Goodbye Mr. Chips. Born in Nova Scotia, Donat moved to the United States in 1950 and studied drama at Yale. He began his career on stage when he was 23-years-old and made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Highlights of the Empire. Donat first performed at Ontario`s Stratford Shakespearean Festival appearing in The Winter’s Tale in 1958 and would return regularly over the next seven years appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry VIII, The Taming of the Shrew and many others. In 1961 he played the lead role of Misty Woodenbridge in Donald Jack’s stage play The Canvas Barricade, the first Canadian play to be performed at the Stratford Festival. In 1968 he made his debut with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco becoming a prominent member of the theatre appearing in 26 productions over the next 20 years. He made occasional trips back to Stratford, his last being in 1985 for The Government Inspector. There are a number of notable television roles in his long career including that of Elmo Tyson on the 1980s primetime serial, Flamingo Road and later playing Bill Mulder, dad to the quirky Fox Mulder in the hit series, The X Files. Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia Peter Donat was 90 when he died from complications of diabetes at his home in Point Reyes Station, California.

Also see: Richard Donat

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Lost Lagoon (1958)
I, Don Quixote (TV-1959)

The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson (1964)

Cyrano de Bergerac (TV-1972)
My Old Man`s Place (1972)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
Russian Roulette (1975)
The Hindenburg (1975)
Last Hours Before Morning (TV-1975)
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (TV-1975)
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (TV-1976)
Delta County, USA (TV-1977)
Mirrors (1978)
A Different Story (1978)
F.I.S.T. (1978)
The Suicides Wife (TV-1979)
The Return of Charlie Chan (TV-1979)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Meteor (voice, 1979)

Fun and Games (TV-1980)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981)
A Matter of Life and Death (TV-1981)
Golden Gate (TV-1981)
The Princess and the Cabbie (TV-1981)
Mazes and Monsters (TV-1982)
Massive Retaliation (1984)
The Bay Boy (1984)
Highpoint (1984)
Honeymoon (aka, Lune de miel, 1985)
Unfinished Business (1987)
The Hero`s Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell (voice, 1987)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Earth Star Voyager (TV-1988)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Skin Deep (1989)

School Ties (1992)
The Babe (1992)
Dieppe (TV-1993)
Seduced and Betrayed (TV-1995)
The Game (1997)
Red Corner (1997)

The Deep End (2001)
Never Die Twice (2001)
Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (TV-2003)

TV Series – Cast:
Captains and Kings (mini-series, 1976)
Flamingo Road (1981)
The X-Files (1995-1999)