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John Aylward, ‘ER’ and ‘The West Wing’ actor, dies at 75: ‘A great friend to many’

John Aylward, ‘ER’ and ‘The West Wing’ actor, dies at 75: ‘A great friend to many’


Actor John Aylward, greatest recognized for his roles on “ER” and “The West Wing,” has died. He was 75.

Aylward died at his Seattle dwelling of pure causes on Monday, Aylward’s agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed to USA TODAY.

“John was an exquisite actor and an amazing buddy to many,” Stubbs mentioned in an announcement. “He was pleased with his movie and tv work, though his life within the theatre was the place he was the happiest.”

Aylward landed his debut onscreen function within the tv movie “The Secret Lifetime of John Chapman” in 1976. He went on to seem within the dramedy collection “Northern Publicity,” in addition to movies “Seven Hours to Judgment” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III” earlier than scoring the function of Dr. Donald Anspaugh within the medical drama “ER.”

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The Seattle-born actor additionally made it to the White Home within the ultimate season of the Aaron Sorkin political drama “The West Wing,” enjoying Barry Goodwin, former DNC chair and head of transition. Aylward’s final function was Freddie Laffter within the USA Community crime drama “Briarpatch.”

Aylward graduated from the College of Washington in 1971 with a bachelor’s diploma in drama, based on the university’s official website. He co-founded the Empty Area Theatre in Seattle in 1973 and labored recurrently as an organization member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre earlier than making it within the movie and tv world.

Aylward’s theater chops helped pave his path to stardom, after “ER” producer Carol Flint requested him to audition for the present after recognizing him in a Los Angeles manufacturing of “Psychopathia Sexualis” in 1996, based on AllFamous. Aylward additionally starred as Willy Loman within the Arthur Miller play “Loss of life of a Salesman” in 1998, per Film Reference.

Aylward is survived by his spouse Mary Fields.

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