John Aylward

John Aylward

Highest Rated: 100% Path to War (2002)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Celestine Prophecy (2006)

Birthday: Nov 07, 1946

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Longtime character actor and Seattle, Washington, native John Aylward attended the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington and, having graduated from the school in 1970, founded the Empty Space Theatre, in his hometown, in 1973. He made his onscreen debut in the 1976 made-for-TV movie "The Secret Life of John Chapman" but didn't earn his breakthrough role until 1996, when he began playing hospital administrator Dr. Anspaugh on the long-running medical drama "ER." Aylward held the role for the next 12 years, until the show's cancellation in 2008, and it remains one of his most recognizable performances. This led Aylward to more mainstream roles and in 1998 he was cast in Michael Bay's blockbuster thriller "Armageddon," which then led to a more starring role on the series "The Others" two years later. He spent much of the early 2000s making rounds as a guest character actor on television series such as "Family Law," "The Practice," and "Nip/Tuck," while still performing on "ER." His successful run of prolific television appearances continued in the mid-2000s, as he earned a supporting role on the critically acclaimed series "The West Wing," playing DNC chairman Barry Goodwin. After his run on "ER" ended in 2008, Aylward began the 2010s with a supporting role in the horror film "The Crazies" and followed that performance up with a guest spot on the instant-classic series "Mad Men."

Highest rated movies




33% 41% A Million Ways to Die in the West Pastor Wilson (Character) $42.6M 2014
31% 57% Gangster Squad Judge Carter (Character) $46M 2013
60% 70% Water for Elephants Mr. Erwin (Character) $58.7M 2011
70% 56% The Crazies Mayor Hobbs (Character) $39.1M 2010
67% 58% Norman Robert Bessent (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 29% The Spy and the Sparrow Clay Covington (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 13% Forfeit Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 35% The Gray Man Captain Ayers (Character) - 2007
4% 54% The Celestine Prophecy Prof. Dobson (Character) $1M 2006
100% 73% Path to War Dean Rusk (Character) - 2002
33% 53% Just Visiting Byron (Character) $4.8M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swing Vote Justice Benjamin "Rip" Ripley (Character) - 1999
27% 67% Instinct Warden Keefer (Character) $34.1M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Escape Sheriff (Character) - 1997
25% 31% Buddy Mr. Joe Bowman (Character) $10M 1997
23% 34% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Niles (Character) $42.3M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Life of John Chapman Unknown (Character) - 1976


79% 87% Briarpatch Freddie Laffter (Character) 2020
73% No Score Yet Nobodies Curtis (Guest Star) 2018
82% 80% Shameless Bill (Guest Star) 2016
61% 79% Scorpion Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
33% 87% Impastor Bishop Perkins (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 84% Major Crimes Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
77% 71% American Horror Story Father Malachi (Guest Star) 2012
90% 76% Fringe Dr. Owen Frank (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 84% House of Lies K. Warren McDale (Guest Star) 2012
94% 96% Mad Men Geoffrey Atherton (Guest Star) 2010
57% No Score Yet The Whole Truth Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Joe Rawling (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 87% The Mentalist Professor Stutzer (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 80% ER Dr. Donald Anspaugh (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2004-2008 1996-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
85% 89% Alias Jeffrey Davenport (Guest Star) 2006 2001
86% 91% Boston Legal Tom Orchard (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnivale Bishop McNaughton (Guest Star) 2005
75% 79% Nip/Tuck Father Malley (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The D.A. Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
74% 86% The X-Files Dr. John Rietz (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
0% No Score Yet Secret Agent Man Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
64% No Score Yet The Others Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peter Benchley's Creature Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon Dr. Ray Pemberton (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
43% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star)


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