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'X-Files' actor who appeared in 'Murder, She Wrote' has died

Rodolfo Vieira
Sep 17, 2018
07:57 A.M.

Peter Donat, the man responsible for playing a whole array of roles in Hollywood, has passed away at the age of 90 from complications of diabetes.

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The actor drew his last breath on Monday, September 17, 2018, at his home in Point Reyes Station, California, where he lived with his wife, Maria.

As reported by The New York Times, Donat had a long and prestigious career and, although he enjoyed performing in front of the camera, he always preferred stage plays.

He frequently performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, as well as the Stratford Festival in Canada, having played roles such as Prospero, Hadrian VII and Shylock. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.

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HIS GREATEST PASSION

“It’s the closest thing to the ideal creative life. I mean, how often can an actor do Shakespeare, Chekhov and a new play, all in an eight-month span? And do TV shows and films in between?”

Peter Donat, The Honolulu Advertiser (1984) through The New York Times, September 17, 2018

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Born Pierre Collingwood Donat, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, he attended and graduated from Arcadia University and studied for a year at Yale School for Drama in the 50s.

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CHANGING HIS NAME

He changed his name to Petter in the United States and got his first chance to perform on stage as Prince Leopold on "The First Gentleman, thanks to British director Tyrone Guthrie.

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Throughout his career, Donat has made appearances in shows such as "The F.B.I." "Mannix," "Hill Street Blues," "The X-Files" and "Murder, She Wrote." He was almost given the role of Tom Hagen in "The Godfather" but Francis Ford Coppola chose Robert Duvall instead.

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JFK'S LEGACY

But Donat wasn't the only Hollywood start that died in the past few weeks. Christopher Lawford, John F. Kennedy's nephew, also left this earth after suffering a heart attack.

The actor and prestigious author passed away on September 4, in Vancouver, British Columbia, leaving a hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him.

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