Peter Donat, 'The X-Files' actor, dies at 90

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 16, 2018

X-Files actor Peter Donat, who is best known for his role as Agent Fox Mulder's father on the show, has died at the age of 90.

According to his wife Maria Dejong Donat, he passed away from complications with diabetes and is survived by Maria, their sounds Caleb, Christopher, and Lucas, stepdaughters Barbara Park Shapiro and Marina Park Sutton, stepson Malcolm Park, Peter's brother Richard, and 11 grandchildren.

X-Files fans will recognize Donat from his run as Fox Mulder's father William Mulder, appearing in six episodes of the show total.

His early work included the TV movie The Clay of Kings and Robert Montgomery Presents.

Born Pierre Collingwood Donat on January 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Donat held Hawaii Five-O, Dallas, Murder, She Wrote, The Outer Limits, and Hill Street Blues among his list of guest-starring TV roles. The character appeared in six episodes of the sci-fi series from 1995 through 1999.

20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, he chose to go into acting after being inspired by his uncle, British film star (and Oscar winner) Robert Donat.

THR reports the actor was considers for the role of Tom Hagen on the first Godfather film, though it ended up going to actor Robert Duvall.

David Duchovny, who played Agent Mulder, told the New York Times that Donat "had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously".

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

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