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Ed Flanders

Highest Rated:   88% Salem's Lot (1979)
Lowest Rated:   19% Bye Bye, Love (1994)
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Birthplace:   Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
American actor Ed Flanders is probably best known for his award-winning role of Dr. Donald Westphall on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. He started acting on-stage in his home state of Minnesota before moving on to Broadway in the 1960s. He worked during the '70s on television shows like Hawaii Five-O and numerous made-for-TV movies. In 1976, he won his first Emmy award for the role of Phil Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten, based on the Eugene O'Neill play. He had also received a Tony for his performance in the Broadway cast of the play's 1973 revival. Flanders portrayed President Harry S. Truman in the late-'70s feature film MacArthur and the TV movie Meeting at Postdam, but it was his lead role in Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking that earned him his second Emmy. He also played other real-life figures in Mary White (as journalist William White), Backstairs at the White House (as President Calvin Coolidge), and The Amazing Howard Hughes (as Hughes' associate Noah Dietrich). He earned his third Emmy award for his most memorable role, Dr. Westphall on St. Elsewhere, during its run on NBC from 1982-1987. He also played Dr. Norton on Salem's Lot and Charles Shaffer in the miniseries Blind Ambition. On the big screen, he worked with writer/director William Peter Blatty on The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III, and appeared with Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro in the feature film True Confessions. After appearing in the civil war drama The Perfect Tribute and the HBO biopic Citizen Cohn, he was cast in the short-lived 1994 TV series The Road Home. Flanders' last screen appearance was a small role in Bye Bye, Love in 1995. He died that year of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Denny, CA, at the age of 60.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • Walter Simms
1994
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn
  • Welch
1992
59% The Exorcist III
  • Father Dyer
1990
No Score Yet The Final Days
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Special Bulletin
  • John Woodley
1983
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Child
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Skokie
  • Mayor Albert J. Smith
1981
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
  • Brigadier
1981
71% True Confessions
  • Dan T. Campion
1981
77% The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)
  • Fell
1980
No Score Yet Sophia Loren: Her Own Story
  • Actor
1980
88% Salem's Lot
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Mary White
  • William Allen White
1977
No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes
  • Noah Dietrich
1977
50% MacArthur
  • Harry S. Truman
1977
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin
  • Louis Howe
1976
No Score Yet A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Legend of Lizzie Borden
  • Hosea Knowlton
1975
No Score Yet The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
  • Father Daniel Berrigan
1972
No Score Yet The Grasshopper
  • Jack Bishop
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • Dr. Donald Westphall
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
  • Father Brian
  • 1975
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Magruder
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
  • Alonzo
  • 1973
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
  • Bricker
  • 1972
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
  • Joe Belker
  • 1971

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