Mark Moses
Moses at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, 2008
Born (1958-02-24) February 24, 1958 (age 63)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materNew York University (BFA)
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Annie LaRussa
FamilyBurke Moses (brother)

Mark W. Moses (born February 24, 1958) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Paul Young in the ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives (2004-2011) and as Herman "Duck" Phillips in the AMC period drama Mad Men (2007-2014).

Early life

Moses was born in New York City, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His father worked in advertising on Madison Avenue while they lived in New York. He has stated that he drew inspiration from his father when he landed the role of Duck Phillips on the hit show Mad Men. Moses's parents moved to Saint Louis, Missouri while he was still in high school, so he stayed with family friends in Evanston to finish high school there.[1]

Moses attended Evanston Township High School where he was quarterback of the school's varsity football team. He then enrolled at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he majored in English. Moses dropped out after a year to travel. He later enrolled at New York University, where he graduated with a degree in theater.[2]


Moses began his career appearing in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live in 1983. Also in 1983, he appeared in the Broadway production of The Slab Boys Trilogy starring Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn.[2] He later played Ulysses S. Grant in the ABC miniseries North and South and guest-starred on Family Ties, The Golden Girls and Matlock. Moses also appeared in a number of films by director Oliver Stone, such as Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and The Doors (1991).

Moses played supporting roles in a number of movies, including Gettysburg (1993), Deep Impact (1998), One Man's Hero (1999), Big Momma's House 2 (2006), Swing Vote (2008), Cesar Chavez (2014) and Bombshell (2019). His only leading film role was in the 1997 romantic comedy-drama Just in Time directed by Shawn Levy.

Moses also appeared in several made-for-television movies and was regular cast member in the short-lived sitcoms Grand (1990) and The Single Guy (1995-96). He played Woodbury Kane in the 1997 miniseries Rough Riders and also guest-starred on Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: Voyager, ER, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Scandal and Grey's Anatomy.

In 2004, Moses was cast as Paul Young in the ABC mystery comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives.[3] As the disturbed husband of the deceased Mary Alice Young, Paul was a key character in the show's original main mystery. He left the series as regular cast member after two seasons, but still made some guest appearances in the third season. Moses returned to the series as a series regular after appearing briefly in the sixth-season finale, and was a regular through the 2010–11 season.[4] Along with the rest of the cast, he received two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2006.[2]

In 2007, Moses joined the cast of AMC period drama series Mad Men playing a recurring role as Herman "Duck" Phillips.[5]

In 2009, he received another Screen Actors Guild Award, this time for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[2] The series ended in 2014. In 2012, he had a recurring role in the second season of AMC crime drama The Killing.

In 2014, he co-starred in the fourth season of the Showtime political drama Homeland playing Dennis Boyd. Moses also had a recurring roles on Manhattan, Man Seeking Woman, Law & Order True Crime and Salvation. He played the recurring roles of President in the TNT series The Last Ship from 2015 to 2018, and in the Telemundo/Netflix La Reina del Sur. In 2020, he was a regular cast member in the Fox crime drama Deputy, which, however, was cancelled after one season.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Platoon Lieutenant Wolfe
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Win Hockings
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Optimistic Doctor
1990 Hollywood Heartbreak Randy Derringer/Abbey
1990 Dead Men Don't Die Jordan
1991 The Doors Jac Holzman
1992 Battle in the Erogenous Zone Alan Short film
1993 Gettysburg Sergeant Owen
1997 Just in Time Michael Bedford
1998 Deep Impact Tim Urbanski
1999 One Man's Hero Colonel Benton Lacey
1999 Treehouse Hostage Rick Taylor
2001 Race to Space Alan Shepard
2002 Red Dragon Father in Video
2004 The Remembering Movies Jonathan Clifton
2004 A One Time Thing Dr. Norris
2004 After the Sunset Lakers FBI Agent
2005 Monster-in-Law Guy in Coffee Shop
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima American Officer
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Tom Fuller
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Football Dad
2008 Swing Vote Attorney General Wyatt
2009 Carriers Doctor
2011 And They're Off Alex Flamm
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Anchorman
2012 Flare: The Hunt Dale
2013 Cesar Chavez Fred Moss
2014 Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? Midas Mulligan
2016 Fear, Inc. Abe
2018 Mapplethorpe Harry Mapplethorpe
2019 The Gandhi Murder Sir Percy Sillitoe
2019 Bombshell Bill Shine


Year Title Role Notes
1985 North and South Young Ulysses S. Grant Episode: "#1.1"
1985 Big Shots in America Man Television movie
1986 Family Ties Rick Albert Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
1988 The Tracker Tom Adams Television movie
1989 American Playhouse Ira Martin Episode: "The Silence at Bethany"
1990 The Golden Girls David Episode: "An Illegitimate Concern"
1990 Grand Richard Peyton 20 episodes
1990 Matlock Donald Ware Episode: "The Cookie Monster"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Everett Episode: "The Movie Mystery"
1991 Empire City N/A Television movie
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Joel McKelvey Television movie
1994 Silk Stalkings Paul Dyer Episode: "Love Bandit"
1994 The Commish Stuart Walsh Episode: "The Letter of the Law"
1994 The George Carlin Show Brad Episode: "George Looks Down the Wrong End of .38"
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Robin Westlin Episode: "The Restless Remains"
1994 A Kiss Goodnight Michael Turner Television movie
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Stuart Tyler Episode: "How to Murder Your Lawyer"
1995 Party of Five Ben Atkins Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Reverend Charles Buchanan Episode: "Becoming a Buchanan"
1995 The Single Guy Matt Parker Series Regular, 22 episodes
1995 The Crew Jake Episode: "Invitation to a Wedding"
1997 Rough Riders Woodbury Kane Television movie
1998 LateLine Jack Hunter Episode: "Al Anonymous"
1998 Chicago Hope Ron Greenfield Episode: "Wag the Doc"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Agent Margolis Episode: "Rules of Engagement"
1999 Family Law N/A Episode: "Damages"
1999 Touched by an Angel Seth Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Naroq Episode: "Riddles"
1999 It's Like, You Know... Fred Swedlowe Episode: "Hollywood Shuffle"
2000 Judging Amy Mark Pruitt Episode: "Shaken, Not Stirred"
2000 JAG Deke Carson Episode: "Real Deal SEAL"
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Frank - Mystery Book Writer Episode: "The Wailing"
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Scott Shelton Episode: "Sex, Lies and Larvae"
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise Henry Archer 2 episodes
2001 What's Up, Peter Fuddy? N/A Television movie
2001 James Dean Dick Clayton Television movie
2001–2002 Ally McBeal Assistant District Attorney 2 episodes
2002 Providence N/A Episode: "It's Raining Men"
2002 Presidio Med Nathan 2 episodes
2002 Boomtown Don Schneider Episode: "Coyote"
2002 In My Life N/A Television movie
2003 Saving Jessica Lynch Lieutenant Television movie
2003 The Practice Henry Winslow Episode: "Character Evidence"
2003 ER Mr. Marks Episode: "When Night Meets Day"
2003 7th Heaven Mr. Smith Episode: "Long Bad Summer: Part 1"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Dan Harris Episode: "Gimme Shelter"
2003 The West Wing Donald Richter Episode: "Abu el Banat"
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Richard Episode: "The Block Party"
2004 The District Richard Lowe Episode: "Party Favors"
2004 Las Vegas Dr. Miles Marks Episode: "Things That Go Jump in the Night"
2004 NYPD Blue Andrew Moss Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2004 Oliver Beene Dr. Herbert Episode: "Catskills"
2004–2011 Desperate Housewives Paul Young 75 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005–06)
2007 The Hill Senator Rogers Unsold TV pilot
2007 Without a Trace Rob Darcy Episode: "Without You"
2007–2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. George McDougal 2 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Herman "Duck" Phillips 21 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit James Grall Episode: "Inconceivable"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Joe Dopkins Episode: "The Chinese Wall"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Dr. Forrest Morgan Episode: "Devil's Bargain"
2009 Castle Blake Wellesley Episode: "Kill the Messenger"
2009 Ice Twisters Charlie Price Television movie
2009 Acceptance Wilson Rockefeller Television movie
2010 Human Target Hollis Episode: "Pilot"
2010 CSI: Miami Chuck Williams Episode: "Mommy Deadest"
2011 Covert Affairs Will Episode: "Around the Sun"
2011–2013 Criminal Minds Senator Cramer 3 episodes
2011 The Closer Commissioner Jay Meyers Episode: "Road Block"
2012 The Killing Lt. Erick Clarkson 9 episodes
2012 Fairly Legal Bob Episode: "Satisfaction"
2012 Common Law Mayor Richard Barnes Episode: "The Ex-Factor"
2012 Key & Peele Civil War General 2 episodes
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeffrey Foresythe Episode: "Risky Business Class"
2012 CSI: New York Mr. Connors Episode: "Late Admissions"
2013 Elementary Oliver Purcell Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
2013 Blue Bloods Curtis Swint Episode: "Inside Jobs"
2013 Scandal Congressman Jim Struthers Episode: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
2014 Rake Dr. Sam Falcon Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
2014 Manhattan Col. Alden Cox 8 episodes
2014 Homeland Dennis Boyd 7 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2015–2018 The Last Ship President Jeffrey Michener 17 episodes
2016 Mr. Robot Older Man at Bar Episode: "eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12"
2016–2019 Berlin Station Jason Wolfe 5 episodes
2016 Crunch Time Montgomery Wittington Episodes: "The Party of the Century" and "The Moruga"
2016–2017 Incorporated George Caplan 4 episodes
2017 Man Seeking Woman Lucy's Dad Episode: "Popcorn"
2017 Conviction Gerald Harris Episode: "Past, Prologue & What’s to Come"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit George Thanos Episode: "The Newsroom"
2017 Law & Order True Crime Gil Garcetti 3 episodes
2017–2018 Salvation Hugh Keating 7 episodes
2018 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Larry Maxwell Episode: "(Don't Fear) the Reaper"
2019 The Code Col. Wesley Riggle Episode: "Back on the Block"
2019 La Reina del Sur President 3 episodes
2020 Deputy Undersheriff Jerry London Main role


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  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 6, 2010). "Exclusive: A "Desperate Housewives" Baddie Returns!". Entertainment Weekly. CNN. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Herman "Duck" Phillips". AMC Network Entertainment LLC. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 4, 2020). "'Deputy' Freshman Drama Series Canceled By Fox".