It has recently been reported that actor Peter Donat died on Monday at his home in Point Reyes Station, California, due to complications of diabetes The New York Times documented. Peter Donat was born on January 20, 1928 in Kentville, Canada. The Canadian-American actor was inspired by his uncle, the British movie star Robert Donat, to act. Robert won an Oscar for best actor for his role in the 1939 film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Peter studied theater at the Yale School of Drama in the early 1950s, and soon after, the talented actor began to perform on stage in the United States and Canada.
Donat landed his first Broadway role in 1957 after seeing famous British director Tyrone Guthrie and producer Alexander Cohen in the Manhattan theater district. In an interview with Southam News in 1985, Peter reveals what he told the director The New York Times documented.
"In the blink of an eye, I ran across 45th Street and confronted it, saying, Dr. Guthrie, I'm Peter Donat, my uncle was Robert Donat, and I'd like to audition for your play."
This bold move paid off for the talented actor when Tyrone Guthrie deposed Peter Donat as Prince Leopold The first gentleman, Critics praised Donat's appearance as Leopold, and the actor won a Theater World Award for Best Supporting Actor. In late 1957, the actor appeared in another Broadway production, The entertainerwhere he joined Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright on stage.
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Peter Donat had a successful career as a television and film actor. He has appeared in numerous successful television shows and films, including Murder, she wrote. The game. The Rose War. Simon and Simon. Hill Street Blues. Hard to hard. The godson Part 2and he is perhaps best known for portraying Fox Mulder's father X-Files, David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) recently visited Twitter to honor him.
Peter had a slight seriousness as a performer and seemed to come from the generation that took the art seriously but did not take it too seriously. It was an honor to know and work with him. pic.twitter.com/ZsmXeqZm6e
– David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) September 15, 2018
While he had great success on the big and small screens, Donat's passion came on stage. In an interview with The Honolulu Advertiser in 1984, Peter reveals what he loved about theatrical performances The New York Times reported.
"It's closest to the ideal creative life, I mean, how often can an actor play Shakespeare, Chekhov, and a new play, all in an eight-month time span, and do you do TV shows and movies in between?"
RIP Peter Donat (1928-2018), 90th veteran TV & movie actor. TV sci-fi credits include: The Invisible Man (1975), Future Cop (1977), Salvage 1 (1979), Meteor (1979), Voyagers! (1982), Time Trax (1993-94), The Outer Limits (1996), The X-Files (1995-99, as William Mulder). #PeterDonat pic.twitter.com/iPK8DCApyA
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Peter Donat leaves behind his wife Maria, with whom he wrote a one-man show on Chekhov, which Donat was performed. Peter Donat is survived by his sons Caleb, Christopher and Lucas in addition to his wife. a stepson, Malcolm Park; two stepdaughters, Marina Park Sutton and Barbara Park Shapiro; 11 grandchildren and his brother, Richard, who is also an actor.