“ER” and “The West Wing” star John Aylward dies at the age of 75

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John Aylward has died at the age of 75.

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The ‘ER’ star, who played Dr. Donald Anspaugh, who played on the NBC medical series, died Monday, his wife Mary Fields confirmed to his agent Mitchell K. Stubbs.

Stubbs paid tribute to Aylward, who was also known for playing former DNC chairman Barry Goodwin on “The West Wing,” and described him as a “dream client.”

“I was shocked. He was a wonderful actor and a phenomenal person,” he told Deadline.

“He was a dream client, a friend, and a dream person.”

Stubbs’ talent agency, MKS Talent Agency, also tweeted: “I received a devastating call from John Aylward’s wife, Mary Fields. This kind man and wonderful actor has left us. Very grateful to have known and worked with you, sir. RIP (sic)”

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Aylward was a regular at the Seattle Rep Theater for 15 years.

They tweeted: “We lost a loved one to our family this week when our corporate member John Aylward passed away. An accomplished and widely respected actor, John left an indelible mark on the theater community and everyone he has worked with throughout his long career. John, we will miss you very much”

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Aylward also appeared in the drama series Yellowstone, where he played Father Bob in two episodes, and he starred as Geoffrey Atherton in one episode of American Horror Story and two episodes of Mad Men.

He has also had small roles in films such as The X-Files, Ally McBeal, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Diagnosis Murder, Nip/Tuck and Law Order.

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Gaming enthusiasts may remember the late star as the voice of Dr. Arne Magnusson in 2007 titled Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

On the big screen, Aylward starred in the 1998 film Armageddon as Dr. Banks, and among many other film roles, he appeared opposite Ben Affleck in the 2020 film The Way Back.

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