Edward Winter (actor)
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Winter as "Colonel Flagg" on M*A*S*H.
|Born||Edward Dean Winter
June 3, 1937
Ventura, California, U.S.
|Died||March 8, 2001
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Ed Winter|
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer, narrator|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Foster (1980-2001) (his death)|
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 Rashoman. 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 Herr Ludwig in Cabaret, then in 1969, as J.D. Sheldrake in Promises, Promises.
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.
Winter was a recurring character on the prime time 1970s sitcom Soap, portraying Congressman Walter McCallum, who was in a relationship with Chester Tate's and Jessica 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. Earlier, he appeared in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (the predecessor to the Lou Grant show) in which he played a congressman with a former relationship with the mafia.
Winter 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."
He 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.
Winter guest-starred in The Golden Girls as a blind man who goes out with Blanche, despite her reservations because he is blind, in the episode "Blind Date". In 1985 he guest-starred as Capt. Hennessey in Episode 14, Season 4, of Cagney & Lacey.
Winter co-starred in the 1986 TV movie A Christmas Gift with John Denver as the character Thomas Renfield. Three years later, he portrayed Las Vegas entertainer Johnny Roman in Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All.
Winter 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.
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 has also done voices in animation including six television programs: 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.
- Edward Winter, character actor, LATimes.com obituary, March 11, 2001, accessed September 16, 2012.