John Aylward

John Aylward

Highest Rated: 100% Path to War (2002)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Celestine Prophecy (2006)

Birthday: Nov 7, 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." John Aylward died on May 16, 2022 in Seattle, WA at the age of 75.

Highest rated movies

Path to War
The Crazies
Water for Elephants
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Just Visiting
Gangster Squad




33% 41% A Million Ways to Die in the West Pastor Wilson (Character) $42.6M 2014
30% 57% Gangster Squad Judge Carter (Character) $46.0M 2013
60% 70% Water for Elephants Mr. Erwin (Character) $58.7M 2011
67% 58% Norman Robert Bessent (Character) - 2010
71% 56% The Crazies Mayor Hobbs (Character) $39.1M 2010
No Score Yet 29% The Spy and the Sparrow Clay Covington (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 35% The Gray Man Captain Ayers (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 12% Forfeit Unknown (Character) - 2007
4% 54% The Celestine Prophecy Prof. Dobson (Character) $1.0M 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
26% 67% Instinct Warden Keefer (Character) $34.1M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Escape Sheriff (Character) - 1997
26% 31% Buddy Mr. Joe Bowman (Character) $10.0M 1997
19% 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% 86% Briarpatch Freddie Laffter (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 63% Nobodies Curtis (Guest Star) 2018
82% 81% Shameless Bill (Guest Star) 2016
61% 77% Scorpion Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
33% 87% Impastor Bishop Perkins (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 82% Major Crimes Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
77% 70% American Horror Story Father Malachi (Guest Star) 2012
90% 77% Fringe Dr. Owen Frank (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 82% House of Lies K. Warren McDale (Guest Star) 2012
94% 96% Mad Men Geoffrey Atherton (Guest Star) 2010
57% 50% The Whole Truth Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
79% 83% Brothers & Sisters Joe Rawling (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 80% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Professor Stutzer (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 84% ER Dr. Donald Anspaugh (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1996-1999 2004-2008
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
86% 88% Alias Jeffrey Davenport (Guest Star) 2001 2006
86% 92% Boston Legal Tom Orchard (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnivale Bishop McNaughton (Guest Star) 2005
75% 81% Nip/Tuck Father Malley (Guest Star) 2004
63% 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) 1997 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
74% 85% 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 73% 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 50% From the Earth to the Moon Dr. Ray Pemberton (Character) 1998
No Score Yet 100% Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
44% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star)