Ed Flanders, Emmy winner for NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and for his portrayal of Harry Truman in a 1977 TV special, committed suicide Feb. 22 at his home in Denny, Calif. He was 60.
Flanders starred on “St. Elsewhere,” the medical drama, from 1982 to 1987 as the kindhearted Dr. Westphall, winning his Emmy in 1983. He returned for the series’ farewell episode a year later, and starred last spring in the short-lived CBS drama series “The Road Home,” alongside Karen Allen.
In addition to an Emmy for “Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking,” Flanders won 1974 Tony and Drama Desk awards for Broadway’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and an Emmy in 1976 for a TV production of the play.
Flanders played an anchorman reporting a terrorist nuclear threat in the controversial telefilm “Special Bulletin.”
Other TV credits include “Backstairs at the White House,” “Eleanor & Franklin,” “Things in Their Season,” “Mary White,” “The Amazing Howard Hughes” and the ABC movie “The Final Days.”
Born in Minneapolis, Flanders moved to California and was a member of the Globe Theatre company in San Diego, where he starred in numerous productions before landing TV roles.