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.[3] He also appeared in the 2003 movie Thirteen.[4]

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.


1987Black WidowMichael 
1987Misfit Brigade, TheThe Misfit BrigadeCapt. Von Barring 
1990Pacific HeightsBill 
1992Miss Beatty's ChildrenAlan Chandler 
1993Falling DownDet. Lydecker 
1995Rough MagicCliff Wyatt 
1996Little Death, TheThe Little DeathPaul Hannon 
1996Stealing BeautyRichard 
1996Joe's WeddingJoe McCarthy 
1999MollyMark Cottrell 
2000TrafficJeff Sheridan 
2001Kill Me LaterMathew Richmond 
2003ThirteenTravis Freeland 
2004TwistedRay Porter 
2005Special EdSonny 
2005Tennis, Anyone...?Courtney Conte 
2008bgFATLdyJack Wagner 
2009Smell of Success, TheThe Smell of SuccessAgent Chestnut 
2010SkatelandSteakhouse Manager 
2011Sitter, TheThe SitterDr. Pedulla 
2011Picture ParisRandy LarsonShort film
1985Early Frost, AnAn Early FrostPeter HiltonTV movie
1986Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerMitchellEpisode: "No Conscience"
1986As the World TurnsDr. Peter ChapinTV series
1986Miami ViceThomas WaldmanEpisode: "Forgive Us Our Debts"
1987-1988Oldest Rookie, TheThe Oldest RookieDet. Tony Jonas8 episodes
1988Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed SetCliff HarristonTV movie
1989Dream BreakersMark O'ConnorTV movie
1989American PlayhouseJames RodkerEpisode: "Ask Me Again"
1989Midnight CallerRobin Brigade / The IcemanEpisode: "Evil Is Live Spelled Backward: Parts 1 & 2"
1990Tales from the CryptLogan AndrewsEpisode: "'Til Death"
1990Fine ThingsBernie FineTV movie
1990LifestoriesSteve BurdickEpisode: "Steve Burdick"
1991Palace GuardTommy Logan8 episodes
1992In the Deep WoodsFrank McCarryTV movie
1993Lies and LullabiesGabrielTV movie
1994Counterfeit Contessa, TheThe Counterfeit ContessaDawson EverettTV movie
1994Passion for Justice: The Hazel Smith Story, AA Passion for Justice: The Hazel Smith StorySmittyTV movie
1994Star StruckColtonTV movie
1995Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsJames HeathertonEpisode: "Second Soul"
1995Naked Truth, TheThe Naked TruthDylan Michael MichaelsEpisode: "Comet Nails Star and Vice Versa!"
1996Secret She Carried, TheThe Secret She CarriedMitch HaywardTV movie
1997Fired UpJames CollinsEpisode: "A Concurrent Affair"
1997Chicago SonsMike Kulchak13 episodes
1998Union SquareTomEpisode: "What Are Friends For?"
1998Perfect PreyDet. Jimmy CerulloTV movie
1998-2002For Your LoveDean Winston84 episodes
1999Song from the Heart, AA Song from the HeartGregory PavanTV movie
2001-2002Crossing JordanDet. Eddy Winslow4 episodes
2003CSI: MiamiDr. James WelmontEpisode: "Bunk"
2003Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected LoveJack MayerTV movie
2003Watching EllieBillyEpisode: "Date"
2003Cold CaseTodd WhitleyEpisode: "Look Again"
2003Without a TraceAlan HodgesEpisode: "Coming Home"
2003-2004SkinSkip Ziti6 episodes
2004Deerings, TheThe DeeringsJack DennyTV movie
2004Nip/TuckKevin HotchkissEpisode: "Trudy Nye"
Episode: "Sean McNamara"
2005Riding the Bus with My SisterRickTV movie
2005Wild CardMiles JacobsEpisode: "Multiple Personality Fatality"
2005Commander in ChiefMike StantonEpisode: "The Mom Who Came to Dinner"
2006Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of DanielWorth Webster4 episodes
2006Close to HomeJoseph WrightEpisode: "Dead or Alive"
Episode: "Still a Small Town"
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentGrant HarringtonEpisode: "Privilege"
2007Brothers & SistersMichael PellingtonEpisode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"
2007Numb3rsBob TombrelloEpisode: "Pandora's Box"
2007Ghost WhispererDaleEpisode: "Delia's First Ghost"
2007Grey's AnatomyAllanEpisode: "The Other Side of This Life: Part 1"
2007Hidden PalmsBob Hardy8 episodes
2007-2008Life Is WildDanny Clark13 episodes
2008-2010Friday Night LightsJoe McCoy20 episodes
2009Operating InstructionsBrandon ZiskTV pilot
2009Lie to MeDr. Jeffrey BuchananEpisode: "The Best Policy"
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPaul OlsenEpisode: "Shattered"
2010-2014Hot in ClevelandChester2 Episodes: "Birth Dates" & "Stayin' Alive"
2010Closer, TheThe CloserJeffrey WaltersEpisode: "Help Wanted"
2010Covert AffairsSen. JarvisEpisode: "Houses of the Holy"
2011In Plain SightJulian ConradEpisode: "Second Crime Around"
2011-2012Happily DivorcedElliot11 episodes
2011–presentSwitched at BirthJohn KennishMain role
2013Criminal MindsJames Blake1 episode
2015Chicago MedCornelius Rhodes 


1984Real Thing, TheThe Real ThingBillyReplacement
1985Normal Heart, TheThe Normal HeartFelix Turner 1985Boys of Winter, TheThe Boys of WinterBonney 
2001-2002ContactMichael WileyReplacement
2005Philadelphia Story, TheThe Philadelphia StoryMike Connor 
2009Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation