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John Kennish

played by D.W. Moffett

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D. W. Moffett stars as John Kennish, a man who questions what it truly means to be a father after discovering the daughter he nurtured from birth isn't his. Can he get to know his biological child without alienating the only daughter he's ever known?

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D.W. Moffett has amassed an impressive list of stage and screen credits. A native of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, he never gave a thought to acting until after he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. While he went to work at Chicago’s Continental Bank, he also enrolled in an acting class on a dare…and that was the end of his banking career.

Moving along his new career path, Moffett became a founding member of Chicago’s Remains Theatre Ensemble, where he starred in, directed and/or produced over 40 productions. He first came to national attention starring in Larry Kramer’s landmark AIDS drama, “The Normal Heart,” at The Public Theater in New York, opposite Brad Davis. Subsequently he appeared on Broadway in “The Boys of Winter,” “The Real Thing” and “Contact.” Most recently he appeared with Kevin Spacey in the critically acclaimed production of “The Philadelphia Story” at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Since making the move to Hollywood, Moffett has divided his time between film and television. Favorite movie roles include appearances in, most recently, “The Sitter” with Jonah Hill, “Thirteen,” starring Evan Rachel Wood, “Twisted,” starring Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson, and Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” for which he won a SAG Award. He also starred as a reprehensible entertainment lawyer in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty.” Additional credits include “Falling Down,” with Michael Douglas, “Black Widow,” opposite Debra Winger, as well as numerous independent films.

Television credits include the landmark TV movie “An Early Frost,” as well as series regular roles on “Life is Wild,” “Hidden Palms,” “Skin,” “For Your Love,” “Chicago Sons,” “The Oldest Rookie,” and as the memorable and reviled Joe McCoy on the award-winning series “Friday Night Lights.” Most recently, D.W. has had the pleasure of appearing as Fran Drescher’s ne’er-do-well boyfriend on “Happily Divorced.” D.W. is both delighted and honored to continue his portrayal of John Kennish in the Peabody Award-winning “Switched at Birth.”