D.W. Moffett was born in Highland Park, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. After attending Stanford University, where he majored in International Relations, he found himself back in Chicago, working as a Lending Associate in the Agribusiness Division of Continental Bank. On a whim (and perhaps a desire to leave visions of cattle-feeders in Colorado behind him) D.W. was lured to the St. Nicholas Theater Company, where he studied with, among others, William H. Macy. Shortly thereafter, having fallen in love with the stage, he became a founding member of the Remains Theatre Company. While at Remains he starred in, directed and/or produced over 40 productions including The Tooth of Crime, Moby Dick, Waiting for Godot, Woyzeck and Speed the Plow. After a long and successful career on stage in Chicago, he went with John Malkovich to do Balm In Gilead in New York City. He then starred opposite Brad Davis in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at the Public Theater for which he won critical acclaim.
He appeared on Broadway in The Boys of Winter and The Real Thing and headlined the production of Contact at Lincoln Center in 2001. He was most recently seen on-stage playing opposite Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Ehle in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic in London.
D.W. has had a long and successful career in film as well. He is most memorable in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic.