The Info List - Ed Flanders

Edward Paul "Ed" Flanders (December 29, 1934 – February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his role as Donald Westphall in the television series St. Elsewhere.


1 Early life 2 Early career 3 St. Elsewhere 4 Notable roles 5 Later life and death 6 Filmography

6.1 Television 6.2 Films

7 Awards and honors

7.1 Emmy
nominations 7.2 Emmy
Awards (won) 7.3 Theatrical awards

8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Flanders was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Bernice (née Brown) and Francis Michael Grey Flanders.[1] His mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was 14. After graduating from Patrick Henry High School (where he played hockey) in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as an X-ray technician.[citation needed] Early career[edit] After his service with the United States Army
United States Army
ended, Flanders began his acting career on Broadway before moving on to guest parts in television series. From 1967 through 1975, Flanders appeared in more than a dozen American TV shows, including six appearances on Hawaii Five-O (as six different characters). During this time, he was also prolific in TV movies. He married actress Ellen Geer, with whom he had a son, Ian Flanders (born 1966) before they divorced. In the late 1970s, Flanders moved away from small TV roles to take major credits in both TV and feature films, while continuing his stage career. In 1974, Flanders won a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Dramatic Presentation for A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
on Broadway. He also won an Emmy
award in 1976 for the TV movie adaptation of A Moon for the Misbegotten.[2] St. Elsewhere[edit] In 1982, he began his role in St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
that earned him four Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Series, winning the award in 1983. After a stormy departure from the series in 1987, he returned for two more episodes in 1988, including the series finale. During a scene in which Westphall addressed the staff, Flanders began speaking extemporaneously about the quality of art and had to be edited for broadcast. His exit on St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
as a regular cast member was titled Moon for the Misbegotten
Moon for the Misbegotten
after the play that won him a Tony Award. The episode gained much publicity as Westphall left the hospital after "mooning" his new boss, Dr. John Gideon (played by Ronny Cox). Flanders continued his working relationship with executive producer Bruce Paltrow in the short-lived 1994 CBS series The Road Home.[3] Notable roles[edit] In addition to his six-year role as Dr. Donald Westphall, Flanders is noted as the actor who has played President Harry Truman
Harry Truman
more times, and in more separate productions, than any other. He portrayed Truman at the end of World War II
World War II
and during the Korean War
Korean War
in Truman at Potsdam, Harry S Truman: Plain Speaking, and MacArthur. In the last, Flanders had second billing to Gregory Peck's lead as General Douglas MacArthur.[3] Along with Jason Robards
Jason Robards
and Anthony Hopkins, Flanders is on a short list of actors who have portrayed two U.S. presidents. In feature films, Flanders performed major roles in two dark movies based on novels by William Peter Blatty. In the first, The Ninth Configuration (1980), he plays Col. Richard Fell, a self-effacing medic at a secret U.S. Army psychiatric facility who assists Marine psychiatrist Col. Vincent Kane (Stacy Keach). The film was based on Blatty's darkly satirical novel Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane. In 1990, Flanders played Father Dyer alongside star George C. Scott
George C. Scott
in Blatty's The Exorcist III
The Exorcist III
based on the novel Legion. One of Flanders's best-remembered TV guest roles was in the first season M*A*S*H episode "Yankee Doodle Doctor", playing film director Lt. Duane William Bricker, who is making a documentary about M*A*S*H units and visits to the 4077th. After Hawkeye and Trapper sabotage his effort, Bricker abandons the project and leaves. Flanders also played nationally known journalist William Allen White in the 1977 made-for- TV movie Mary White. This movie was based on the famous eulogy White wrote about his daughter after her death in 1922 due to a blow to the head while riding her horse. He also appeared in the 1979 made-for-TV-horror-miniseries Salem's Lot as Dr. Bill Norton. He also played news anchor John Woodley in the 1983 made-for-TV suspense drama Special
Bulletin, about a group of environmentalists who threaten to detonate a nuclear weapon in Charleston, South Carolina. Later life and death[edit] After four divorces, a chronic back injury from a 1989 automobile accident, and a lifelong battle with depression, Flanders died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on February 22, 1995, in Denny, California at the age of 60. He was survived by three sons and a daughter. No suicide note was found, and his remains were cremated.[4] Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

1967: Cimarron Strip
Cimarron Strip
(episode: "The Roarer)" as Arliss Blynn 1969: Daniel Boone (episode: "The Traitor") as Lackland 1971: The Name of the Game (episode: "Beware of the Watchdog") as Lazlo Subich 1971: Travis Logan D.A. as Psychiatrist 1971: Bearcats!
(episode: "The Hostage") as Ben Tillman 1971: Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (TV movie) as David Bevin 1971: McMillan & Wife (episode: "Husbands, Wives and Killers") as Tom Benton 1971: Mission
Impossible (episode: "Blues") as Joe Belker 1972: Mannix (episode: "A Walk in the Shadows") as Tom Farnom 1972: Nichols a.k.a. James Garner
James Garner
as Nichols (episode: "Fight of the Century") 1972: Cade's County (episode: "The Fake") as Ben Crawford 1972: Ironside (episode: "Five days in the Death of Sgt. Brown: Part 1") as Phil McIver 1972: The Bold Ones: The New Doctors
The New Doctors
a.k.a. The New Doctors
The New Doctors
(episode: "Five Days in the Death of Sgt Brown: Part II") as Phil McIver 1972: M*A*S*H (episode: "Yankee Doodle Doctor") as Lt Dwayne Bricker 1972: Banyon
(episode: "Just Once") as Sergeant Randall 1973: Kung Fu (episode: "The Salamander") as Alonzo Davis 1973: Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
a.k.a. Robert Young, Family Doctor
Robert Young, Family Doctor
(episode: "The Comeback") as Magruder 1974: Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
(episode: "Death on Deposit") as "Doc" Fred Tucker 1969–1975: Hawaii Five-O (6 episodes):

1969 "Up Tight" as David Stone; 1970 "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu" (2-part episode) as Dr Alexander Kline 1970 "The Guarnerius Caper" as Dmitri Rostov 1972 "While You're at It, Bring in the Moon" as Byers 1974 "One Born Every Minute" as Joe Connors 1975 "And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon" as Bernie Ross

1975: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(episode: "Mary's Father") as Father Terrance Brian 1975: The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
ABC 2-part docudrama. Airdate: 2/10/1957 as Hosea Knowlton 1975: Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan CBS 2-part docudrama. Airdate: 2/20/1975 as Justice Department attorney Ralph Paine 1976: Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
(episode: "Truman at Potsdam") as President Harry S Truman 1979: Backstairs at the White House (episodes 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4) as President Calvin Coolidge 1979: Blind Ambition (TV mini-series) as Charles Shaffer 1979: Salem's Lot a.k.a. Blood Thirst as Dr Bill Norton 1982–1988: St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
in 120 episodes as Dr. Donald Westphall 1993: Jack's Place (episode: "Who Knew?") as Marcus Toback 1994: The Road Home (pilot episode) as William Babineaux


1970: The Grasshopper or Passions or The Passing of Evil as Jack Benton 1972: The Trial of the Catonsville Nine as Father Daniel Berrigan 1972: The Snoop Sisters
The Snoop Sisters
or The Female Instinct (TV movie) as Milo Perkins 1973: Hunter (TV) as Dr Miles 1974: Indict and Convict (TV) as Timothy Fitzgerald 1974: Things in Their Season (TV) as Carl Gerlach 1975: The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
(TV) as Hosea Knowlton 1975: Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV) as Ralph Paine 1975: A Moon for the Misbegotten
A Moon for the Misbegotten
(TV) as Phil Hogan 1976: Eleanor and Franklin (TV) as Louis Howe 1976: The Sad and Lonely Sundays (TV) as Dr Frankman 1976: Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking (TV) as President Harry S. Truman 1977: The Amazing Howard Hughes
The Amazing Howard Hughes
(TV) as Noah Dietrich 1977: MacArthur as President Harry S. Truman 1977: Mary White (TV) as William Allen White 1979: Salem's Lot as Dr. Bill Norton 1980: The Ninth Configuration
The Ninth Configuration
or Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane as Col. Richard Fell 1981: Inchon as President Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(voice, uncredited) 1981: True Confessions as Dan T. Campion 1981: The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper or Pursuit as Brigadier 1981: Skokie or Once They Marched Through a Thousand Towns (UK title) (TV) as Mayor Albert J. Smith 1982: Tomorrow's Child (TV) as Anders Stenslund 1983: Special Bulletin
Special Bulletin
(TV) as John Woodley 1989: The Final Days (TV) as Leonard Garment 1990: The Exorcist III
The Exorcist III
as Father Dyer 1991: The Perfect Tribute (TV) as Warren 1992: Citizen Cohn
Citizen Cohn
(TV) as Joseph N. Welch 1993: Message from Nam as Ed Wilson 1995: Bye Bye Love as Walter Sims (final film role)

Awards and honors[edit] Emmy

1979 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special, for: "Backstairs at the White House" 1985 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for: "St. Elsewhere" 1986 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for: "St. Elsewhere" 1987 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for: "St. Elsewhere"

Awards (won)[edit]

1976 – Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Special, for: A Moon for the Misbegotten 1977 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special, for: Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking 1983 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, for: "St. Elsewhere"[3]

Theatrical awards[edit] Flanders won the 1974 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Dramatic Presentation for his performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill, for which he also received the 1974 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.[5] References[edit] Notes

^ " Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
Biography (1934–1995)". Film Reference Library. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Random House. p. 1646. ISBN 978-0307483201. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ a b c "Ed Flanders, 60, Actor Known For His Work in 'St. Elsewhere'". The New York Times. March 2, 1995. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Gliatto, Tom (March 20, 1995). "From Elsewhere to Nowhere". People. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ "Ed Flanders: Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 

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External links[edit]

Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
at AllMovie Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
(from where list of film and TV appearances are accessible) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
on IMDb

Awards for Ed Flanders

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Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Robert Young (1956) Robert Young (1957) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1959) Robert Stack
Robert Stack
(1960) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1961) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1962) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1963) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1966) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1967) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1968) Carl Betz
Carl Betz
(1969) Robert Young (1970) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) Richard Thomas (1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake (1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1976) James Garner
James Garner
(1977) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1978) Ron Leibman (1979) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) Daniel J. Travanti (1982) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1985) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1986) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1987) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1988) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1989) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1992) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1995) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1996) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2003) James Spader
James Spader
(2004) James Spader
James Spader
(2005) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2006) James Spader
James Spader
(2007) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2010) Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Rami Malek
Rami Malek
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown

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Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play


Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella


Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice


Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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