Edward Winter (actor)

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Edward Winter
Winter as "Colonel Flagg" on M*A*S*H.
Born Edward Dean Winter
(1937-06-03)June 3, 1937
Ventura, California, U.S.
Died March 8, 2001(2001-03-08) (aged 63)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Other names Ed Winter
Occupation Actor, director, writer, narrator
Years active 1968–2000
Spouse(s) Linda Foster (1980-2001) (his death)[1]

Edward Dean Winter (June 3, 1937 – March 8, 2001) was an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as military intelligence officer Colonel Flagg on the television series M*A*S*H.

Early career[edit]

Winter was born in Ventura, California, and began his acting career in Ashland, Oregon, as a member of the cast of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During the 1961 season, he played Claudius in Hamlet, and stayed for an extended repertory season, where he appeared in The Boyfriend and Rashomon. He went on to early successes on Broadway. Winter was twice nominated for Tony Awards as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical). The first was in 1967, as Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, then in 1969, as J.D. Sheldrake in Promises, Promises.[2]

He moved on to television, appearing on the daytime serials The Secret Storm and Somerset.

Later career[edit]

Winter was cast on M*A*S*H as Lt. Col. (later Col.) Flagg, becoming one of the program's more memorable and popular recurring characters; he appeared in seven episodes as Flagg during the show's 11-year run. Before his introduction as Flagg, Winter had appeared on the series as Captain Halloran. A number of fans have expressed the belief that Captain Halloran might have been one of Flagg's many aliases, especially as he said to Dr. Freedman, "we played poker once," which Captain Halloran had. He reprised the role of Col. Flagg in an episode of the spin-off series AfterMASH in 1984.

Winter also appeared in the TV show Alice, Season 2 Episode 7. He played Alice's boyfriend Jack.

Winter was a recurring character in the first season of the prime time sitcom Soap in 1977-78, portraying Congressman Walter McCallum, who was having an affair with the Tate's daughter, Eunice.

In 1974, he played a pedophile in the infamous Marcus Welby, M.D. episode "The Outrage". The same year he appeared in the films The Parallax View and The Disappearance of Flight 412. In 1976, he appeared in the crime comedy Special Delivery.

In 1977, Winter appeared in an episode of Lou Grant titled "Housewarming" as a reporter who beat his wife. The same year, he appeared in the popular TV movie The Gathering, also starring Ed Asner, and "Never Con a Killer," the pilot for the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang. In 1976, he appeared in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (predecessor to Lou Grant) in which he played a congressman with a former mafia ties. He guest-starred in season one on The A-Team in the episode "Holiday in the Hills" and appeared in the season 5 episode "Road Games".[citation needed]

Winter starred in the 1979 NBC primetime drama Project UFO and was featured in the 1980 film A Change of Seasons. He appeared as the corrupt county commissioner Bob Gebhardt in the 1983 movie Porky's II: The Next Day, the romantic comedy The Buddy System (1984), and in From the Hip (1987), also directed by Porky's director Bob Clark. In 1980 he played Clark Gable in the TV movie The Scarlett O'Hara War. In 1982, he appeared in the Magnum, P.I. episode "Heal Thyself".[citation needed]

Winter guest-starred in The Golden Girls 1989 episode "Blind Date" as John Quinn, a blind man who dates Blanche, despite her reservations due to his disability. In 1985 he guest-starred as Capt. Hennessey in Episode 14, Season 4, of Cagney & Lacey.[citation needed]

Winter co-starred in the 1986 TV movie A Christmas Gift as Thomas Renfield, with co-star John Denver. Three years later, he portrayed Las Vegas entertainer Johnny Roman in Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All. He appeared on a 1991 episode of the television series Night Court as Clarence Egan. Winter had a recurring role on the Fox sitcom Herman's Head from 1991 to 1994. Winter portrayed Mr. Crawford, an executive at Waterton Publishing, where the series lead character Herman Brooks (William Ragsdale) worked.[citation needed]

He appeared in the 1995 Seinfeld episode "The Beard" playing Robert's boss. Winter was featured as the real-life character of Carl Lawson in a 1995 episode of UPN's Real Ghosts, also known as Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories. He did voice work on such programs as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Duckman, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, Fantastic Max, Paddington Bear and the animated film Adventures in Odyssey: Shadow of a Doubt.[citation needed]


Winter died in Woodland Hills, California, of complications from Parkinson's disease.[3] His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.


  1. ^ Lisanti, Tom (September 25, 2007). Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-Five Profiles. McFarland. p. 81. ISBN 978-0786431724. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Edward Winter -- Actor, 63". The New York Times. March 16, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Edward Winter, character actor". Los Angeles Times. March 11, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 

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