Cliff Moylan hails from Boston, Massachusetts. Born to an Irish father from County Clare and an Irish-American mother from County Detroit. He spent his first twenty two years between Back Bay, Scituate, Dorchester, Plymouth, Falmouth, Hyannis, Lynn and the Fenway. Though he credits all his former haunts as being formative, it is Lower Mills, St. Gregory’s Parish, that he holds closest to his heart, and where he spent the most time. With it’s abandoned Baker Chocolate Factory repurposed as a venue for keg parties and it’s Guiness Book renowned trolley that traverses through Cedar Grove Cemetery used for rooftop joy rides, Lower Mills was a place Cliff could develop his imagination with all the other hooligan Tom Sawyers’.
At twenty two, after a year of waiting tables at Cafe Florentine in The North End and saving money, Cliff moved to New York with a heart full of dreams and a U-Haul full of crap. No sooner did he unpack, did he read in the Village Voice that somebody made a movie set in South Boston. Halfway through Good Will Hunting at the Angelika Film Center, Cliff said to himself, “It’s possible.”
Years went by, restaurant work continued and acting training remained a priority when Cliff got a call to be featured background, playing Charlotte’s doorman in Sex in the City. “That’s me! That’s me! Did you see me? I delivered the dog!” Cliff’s friends and family were proud though his grandmother was never told the actual name of the show. This role put wind in his sails to try things out West where he lived in Hollywood for fours years. Aside from eating crappy pizza nothing really happened for Cliff so back to New York he went, but he didn’t quit.
Two years after his return, at thirty four years old, Cliff finally started speaking on television. His debut being made on the second season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The subsequent ten years brought more film and television work and more training. He’s been directed by Martin Scorsese, Stephen Soderbergh, Jodie Foster, Peter Berg and Steve Zaillian among others. He’s swapped dialogue with estemed actors like Jon Voight, John Turturro, Laura Linney, JK Simmons, Liev Schreiber and Giancarlo Esposito. His training includes conservatory programs at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and The William Esper Studio. Cliff has also been the student of Kathleen Turner, Bob Krakower and most extensively Chazz Palminteri, of A Bronx Tale fame.
Cliff’s signature role to date has been his portrayal of real life hero, Sergeant John MacLellan in the Mark Wahlberg starring/ Peter Berg directed Patriot’s Day. “Welcome to Watertown motherf#%*ker!”, he can be seen shouting over a fence while firing his service automatic in the portrayal of the famous shootout with The Boston Marathon Bombers. Cliff and John MacLellan are still friends today.
Cliff’s most recent role and only other portrayal of a Bostonian is in the yet to be released, Ray Donovan full length feature film.
When not auditioning Cliff is walking his dog, Hagler, named after the great middleweight champ, writing his memoir about his Lower Mills adolescence, training in Muay Thai and working on his recovery with over nine years sober. Cliff lives in The Lower East Side.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/otcpod1/support