The death of the actor John Aylward, who was best known for his recurrent parts in the iconic NBC dramas “ER” and “The West Wing,” occurred on Monday in Seattle due to natural causes, according to the confirmation provided by his agent Mitchell K. Stubbs to Variety. He was 75.
John Aylward was an American actor who lived from November 7, 1946, until May 16, 2022.
He is best recognized for his roles in the NBC television programs The West Wing as former DNC chairman Barry Goodwin and ER as Dr. Donald Anspaugh. In Half-Life 2: Episode Two, he also provided the voice of Dr. Arne Magnusson.
Aylward grew up in the Seattle area of Washington. He went to St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Prep High School before graduating from Garfield High School in 1965. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor’s Training Program.
He was a company member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre for 15 years before becoming a television and film actor in the 1990s. After witnessing him in a 1996 performance of “Psychopathia Sexualis” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Carol Flynt, co-producer of ER, gave him an audition.
Aylward died on May 16, 2022, in Seattle, at the age of 75.
John Aylward Obituary, Tribute, Funeral, Cause Of Death
It was verified by John Aylward’s agent Mitchell K. Stubbs to Variety that the actor passed away on Monday in Seattle from natural causes. John Aylward was best known for his recurrent appearances in the iconic NBC dramas “ER” and “The West Wing.” He was 75.