John Aylward, ‘ER’ actor, dead at 75


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John Aylward, best known for his roles in the medical dramas ‘ER’ and ‘The West Wing’, has died aged 75.

Aylward died Monday at his Seattle home of natural causes, his longtime friend and agent Mitchell Stubbs shared with Fox News Digital. He was first alerted to the news by the actor’s wife, Mary Fields.

“John was a wonderful actor and a great friend to many. He took pride in his work in film and television, although his life in theater was where he was happiest,” Stubbs explained. “He was a good man.”

John Aylward has died aged 75 of natural causes.
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Aylward graduated from the University of Washington’s acting training program in 1970 and went on to form the Acting Space Theater in 1973.

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His first screen gig was for the 1976 film “The Secret Life of John Chapman.”

John Aylward as Doctor Donald Anspaugh in the medical drama "Emergency room."

John Aylward as Doctor Donald Anspaugh in the medical drama ‘ER’.
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Aylward didn’t see a breakthrough for almost 20 years. He is best known for his role in the medical drama “ER” as Dr. Donald Anspaugh. Until he landed this role, Aylward mainly worked in theatre.

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The late actor also played the character of former DNC Chairman Barry Goodwin on “The West Wing.” Other television roles include “American Horror Story”, Yoon in which he played Father Malachi.

(L-R) Allison Janney as Claudia Jean 'CJ' Cregg, John Aylward as Former DNC Chairman Barry Goodwin and Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in "The west wing."

(L-R) Allison Janney as Claudia Jean ‘CJ’ Cregg, John Aylward as Former DNC Chairman Barry Goodwin and Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in ‘The West Wing’.
(Photo by Mitch Haddad/NBCU Photo Bank)

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Aylward is survived by his wife, Mary Fields.


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