Nova Scotian-born character actor Peter Donat died on this day. He was 90. Born Pierre Collingwood Donat in Kentville, N.S. on 20 January, 1928. He was inspired to become an actor by his uncle, British film star, Robert Donat, who had won a best-actor Oscar for his performance in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). He went on to graduate from Acadia University and later studied at the Yale School of Drama in the early 1950s and began appearing in television roles in 1953. It was at this time that he also changed his name to Peter. He later also went on to perform on Broadway, in such productions as The Entertainer (1958), performing alongside Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. He also performed in Canada at the Stratford Festival. Many years later, Donat returned to Nova Scotia in 1997 to play the role of Alexander Serebryakov in Anton Chechov’s Uncle Vanya at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville.(Photo: Peter Donat, seen in 1985 dressed as the Mayor for a Stratford Festival showing of The Government Inspector, was best known for his recurring role in the nineties as Fox Mulder’s father in the X Files. Source: Acclaimed actor played role on X-Files, Richard Sandomir, David Cooper, New York Times News Service, with files from the Globe and Mail, Sept. 19, 2018.)