Ed Flanders

Ed Flanders

Highest Rated: 88% Salem's Lot (1979)

Lowest Rated: 19% Bye Bye, Love (1995)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1934

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Sturdy character actor and character lead of American stage, TV and film, Ed Flanders is best recalled as Dr. Westphall, the doctor who cared too diligently for his patients in the NBC series "St. Elsewhere." Fans of the show will forever recall that when Flanders decided to leave the series after five seasons, the producers eliminated his character by having Dr. Westphall moon the money-grubbing hospital executive, a move that caused one NBC affiliate to decline to air the episode. Flanders began as a stage actor, toiling amidst the footlights in Manitoba, Milwaukee, San Diego, and even the prestigious Guthrie in his hometown of Minneapolis before making his Broadway debut as Goldberg in the 1967 production of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party." He later played on Broadway in a revival of "A Moon for the Misbegotten" as the crusty Phil Hogan, for which he won and Tony and which he repeated to Emmy-winning results in the ABC version of the play in 1976. Flanders also played New York as crusading anti-war Father Daniel Berrigan in "Trial of the Catonsville Nine," a role he reprised in the 1972 film based on the stage drama. Flanders made his film debut in "The Grasshopper," a 1970 Jacqueline Bisset vehicle, and played Harry Truman in "MacArthur" in 1977. But it was on TV that Flanders had his greatest successes. He first made it to TV in a 1967 episode of the TV series "Cimarron Strip," and the 1971 TV movie "Goodbye Raggedy Andy." After the ABC production of "A Moon for the Misbegotten," the roles increased in size. He played the title role in "Harry S Truman: Plain Speaking" on PBS in 1977, and in 1979, he played Calvin Coolidge in the miniseries "Backstairs at the White House," which followed the 20th Century at the presidential residence from the perspective of the household staff. He was in the presidential arena again in 1989 when he portrayed Leonard Garment, advisor to Richard Nixon, in the ABC presentation of "The Final Days." In 1982, Flanders was cast as Dr. Westphall, the caring doctor with the warm bedside manner in contrast to William Daniels' arrogant heart specialist. Dr. Westphall also contended with an autistic son. Although Flanders left the series before the final season, he was brought back for the final episode to say a farewell to St. Eligius Hospital, and, to reveal to the audience that the entire series had been a figment of the imagination of Westphall's autistic son, and, in fact, Westphall was not a doctor at all, but a working stiff. After the demise of the series, Flanders did an occasional TV longform or feature film, but spent most of his time at his home in Northern California. He returned to series TV briefly in the short-lived "Road Home," as shrimp boater Walter Babineaux, but returned to his home when it was cancelled. It was there, at home, that he committed suicide in 1995.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
19% 49% Bye Bye, Love Walter Sims (Character) $11.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Message From Nam Ed Wilson (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 62% Citizen Cohn Joseph N. Welch (Character) - 1992
58% 56% The Exorcist III Father Dyer (Character) $25M 1990
No Score Yet 60% The Final Days Leonard Garment (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 87% Special Bulletin John Woodley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 26% The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Brigadier (Character) - 1981
71% 53% True Confessions Dan T. Campion (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Skokie Mayor Albert J. Smith (Character) - 1981
77% 77% The Ninth Configuration Col. Richard Fell (Character) - 1980
88% 64% Salem's Lot Dr. Bill Norton (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary White William Allen White (Character) - 1977
50% 60% MacArthur President Harry S. Truman (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 56% The Amazing Howard Hughes Noah Dietrich (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 100% Eleanor and Franklin Louis Howe (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 100% A Moon for the Misbegotten Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 83% The Legend of Lizzie Borden Hosea Knowlton (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Ralph Paine (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Indict and Convict Timothy Fitzgerald (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Things in Their Season Carl Gerlach (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Dr. Miles (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Female Instinct Milo Perkins (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Father Daniel Berrigan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodbye Raggedy Ann David Bevin (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Three Dead Cows at Makapu Dr. Alexander Kline (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet St. Elsewhere Dr. Donald Westphall (Character) 1982-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes Noah Dietrich (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Fr. Terrance Brian (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Lt. Dwayne Bricker (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Tom Farnon (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967

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