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Date of Birth 29 December 1934Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Date of Death 22 February 1995Denny, California, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameEdward Paul Flanders

Mini Bio (1)

Ed Flanders was born on December 29, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Edward Paul Flanders. He was an actor, known for St. Elsewhere (1982), The Exorcist III (1990) and Special Bulletin (1983). He was married to Cody Lambert, Ellen Geer and Bennye Kelly. He died on February 22, 1995 in Denny, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Cody Lambert (22 May 1985 - 1992) (divorced) (1 child)
Ellen Geer (1963 - 1968) (divorced) (1 child)
Bennye Kelly (1954 - 1959) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (32)

He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on February 22, 1995 in Denny, California. He left no note, but had been struggling with depression for some time. His family lived nearby in Eureka. He and his wife were divorced about a year earlier.
Actor and three-time Emmy winner Ed Flanders was best known as the kindhearted "Dr. Donald Westphall" on the '80s NBC series St. Elsewhere (1982).
Won a Tony Award for playing "Phil Hogan" in "A Moon for the Misbegotten" on Broadway in 1974 and the first of his three Emmy Awards for the same role in 1976 for the televised version of the Eugene O'Neill play.
Played U. S. President Harry S. Truman on film more times than any other single actor, and in more different productions.
A great part of his depression was a result of severe chronic back pain.
Had 4 children: Scott Flanders, Suzanne Flanders, Ian Geer Flanders, and Evan Flanders.
Ex-son-in-law of Will Geer and Herta Ware.
Ex-brother-in-law of Kate Geer and Thad Geer.
Former member of the Globe Theatre Company in San Diego, where he made his stage debut in 'Mr. Roberts'.
Upon his death, he was cremated.
Before he was a successful actor, served as an x-ray tech in the U.S. Army.
Started acting when he was in high school.
With his salary from St. Elsewhere (1982), he was able to purchase a ranch in Eureka, California.
Met his second wife, Ellen Geer, when the two were skating in Milwaukee.
Had two siblings: Rene and Bud.
Met Christina Pickles at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, who would later co-star opposite him on St. Elsewhere (1982).
Just before his death, he worked with ex-St. Elsewhere (1982) co-star, Terence Knox, on The Road Home (1994), also produced by Bruce Paltrow.
Former neighbor of Mark Rowley.
Before he was a successful actor, he used to work at the Old Globe Theater.
Graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1953.
Flanders lost his mother, when he was age 14, in an automobile accident.
The Lure of Shakespeare soon took him to the University of Michigan-based Association of Producing Artists, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1959, Flanders won the first of two Atlas awards (The Globe equivalent of the Tony) for his role as Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner. He won his second Atlas in 1960 for Golden Fleecing, a comedy.
For most of his life, he suffered with depression.
Was drafted into the U.S. Army, his enlistment created an estrangement that ended his marriage and also subsequently separated him from his children for the next two decades.
When he attended Patrick Henry High School, he was a part of the hockey team.
Never retired from acting, despite his physical pain.
Was involved in a near-fatal car accident (1989).
At Minneapolis's Patrick Henry High School, Flanders was voted 'Peppiest'... a trait that would also characterize his energy as an actor.
Was a reclusive person.

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