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Donald Moffat, Commander Garry in John Carpenter's The Thing, passes away at 87

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Dec 21, 2018, 9:58 AM EST

Donald Moffat, the English actor most known for playing station commander Garry in John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing, has died at the age of 87. According to The New York Times, Moffat passed away Thursday in Sleepy Hollow, New York, after complications arose from a stroke six days before his 88th birthday.

Moffat's character of Garry is the leader of the U.S. research outpost in Antarctica and even kills one of the rogue Norwegians trying to kill that "Dog-Thing" at the start of the movie. As the Americans begin to realize that there is a shape-shifting alien in their midst, Garry hands control over to Kurt Russell's R.J. MacReady. In the end, Garry is absorbed by the "Blair-Thing" (Wilford Brimley) while setting charges to blow up the entire station in the hopes of killing the alien.

During the iconic blood test scene, Moffat delivers one of the movie's best lines: "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F***ING COUCH!!!"


Born in Plymouth of the U.K.'s Devon County in December of 1930, Moffat moved to the United States at the age of 26 to pursue a full-time acting career. Besides The Thing, the actor appeared in a number of other genre projects, like Night Gallery, The Terminal Man, Logan's Run (the TV series), Exo-ManPopeyeThe Right Stuff, and Monster in the Closet.

Moffat is survived by his wife, four children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.