John Aylward is a veteran American actor. An on-screen presence since the mid-1970s, his career, at age 73, is arguably as prolific as it was in his youth.
His most recent role finds him in the USA Network anthology series, Briarpatch.
Here are seven facts about John Aylward:
The fact that John Aylward,73, can land a prominent role in 2020, 45 years after his debut is a testament to his diligence as an actor and an indictment of the ageism that exists in showbiz.
He might not be a spring chicken, but Aylward is still as sharp as a tack. He plays Freddie Laffter in the anthology crime-drama series, Briarpatch.
The show premiered on the USA Network on February 6, 2020, and stars Rosario Dawson as Allegra "Pick" Dill, an investigator for a senator, who investigates the mysteries surrounding her sister, Detective Felicity Dill's death in a car bombing.
Dawson is flanked by such actors as Jay R. Ferguson, Kim Dickens, Edi Gathegi, and Stephanie Hill, among others.
Speaking of Aylward still being as sharp as ever, he recently also landed a role in the Ben Affleck-starring sports-drama movie, The Way Back, as Father Edward Devine.
The Way Back is a poignant movie in more ways than one: not only is it the culmination of Ben Affleck's journey to redemption after drug addiction nearly cost him his career, but it is also Aylward saying to the world that he has still got it!
The movie opened to rave reviews upon its release on March 6, 2020, with praise going to the performances by Affleck and Aylward.
Aylward has been in a long-standing marriage to Mary L Fields since 1986.
Not much is known about their relationship as Aylward got married at a time when he was not as big of a star as he is now.
They tied the knot on March 17, 1986, and since then, have kept their marriage on the down-low.
One of Aylward's most prominent and acclaimed role came in the NBC political-drama series, The West Wing.
Aylward played Barry Goodwin in the highly-acclaimed Aaron Sorkin political drama from 2005 to 2006, making appearances in 6 episodes when all was said and done.
Before transitioning to primarily on-screen roles, John had been a stage performer on-and-off for the better part of 15 years.
He graduated from the University of Washington in 1970. In 1973, he founded Seattle's Empty Space Theatre with other like-minded individuals.
The theatre went out of commission in 2006 after years of financial issues, but it had once been a hub for stage performers and aspiring actors.
To date, Aylward has 98 acting credits gathered over a career that started in 1976.
He has been in such many movies throughout his esteemed career.
He played Niles in the 1993 martial arts superhero comedy movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
He was also part of the ensemble cast of the 1998 Michael Bay science-fiction disaster movie, Armageddon, joining Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton, and Owen Wilson, among others.
As of April 2020, John Aylward is estimated to be worth $2 million. He has been an actor for close to 45 years and has a diverse and revered portfolio of close to a hundred movie and TV acting credits.
He has been in such blockbuster movies as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Armageddon, and Instinct.
He has also been in countless TV series and has enjoyed tremendous success. Perhaps his most acclaimed TV appearances include West Wing, ER, The Practice, Family Law, and The Fugitive.
He has also made guest appearances in The X-Files, Law & Order, The Mentalist, Mad Men, Boston Legal, and American Horror Story.