‘X-Files’ actor Peter Donat dead at 90

X-Files’ actor Peter Donat passes away at 90

X-Files’ actor Peter Donat passes away at 90

Peter Donat, known for playing Agent Fox Mulder's father on The X-Files, passed away Monday at the age of 90.

His wife, Maria Donat, told The New York Times the cause was complications of diabetes. "I mean, how often can an actor do Shakespeare, Chekhov and a new play, all in an eight-month span?" The actor frequently performed with companies like the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Stratford Festival in Canada.

Pierre Collingwood Donat was born on January 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. His film roles include The Godfather Part II, The China Syndrome and The War of the Roses.

Peter was married to actress Michael Learned from 1956 until 1972, when they divorced. His uncle was the Oscar-winning actor Robert Donat, who took home an Academy Award for best actor for this turn in Goodbye, Mr Chips in 1939, and that inspired Peter to also seek out the stage, ultimately getting his first stage role in Tyrone Guthrie and Alexander Cohen's The First Gentleman.

The actor is also known for recurring roles on 1980 series Flamingo Road, starring Morgan Fairchild; and on classic drama series Dallas, where he played the doctor who treated Larry Hagman's character in 1980 during the resolution of the classic cliffhanger, "Who shot J.R.?"

In addition to Maria, Donat is survived by sons Caleb, Christopher, and Lucas; stepdaughters Barbara Park Shapiro and Marina Park Sutton; stepson Malcolm Park; 11 grandchildren; and brother Richard, according to Variety.

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