Archive

‘X-Files’ actor Peter Donat dead at 90 | TribLIVE.com
Celebrity News

‘X-Files’ actor Peter Donat dead at 90

The Associated Press
238657peterdonat

NEW YORK — Peter Donat, the Canadian actor who played Agent Fox Mulder’s father in “The X-Files” and had roles in TV shows, films and onstage, has died. He was 90.

His son, Caleb, told The Associated Press that his father died Monday from complications of diabetes at his home in Point Reyes Station, California.

Donat also had guest roles on TV shows such as “Murder, She Wrote,” ”Hawaii Five-O,” ”Hill Street Blues” and “The F.B.I.” He also appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola films “The Godfather Part II” and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.”

Pierre Collingwood Donat was born on Jan. 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. He changed his first name to Peter while working in the United States.

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.”

“The X-Files” originally ran from 1993 to 2002. Fox revived the show in 2016.

Donat was previously married to Emmy-winning actress Michael Learned, who played Olivia Walton on the CBS drama “The Waltons.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.