This article is about the actor. For the chess writer with a similar name, see Edward G. Winter.

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

Early career

Winter was born in Ventura, California and began his career 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; (an award which he won) then in 1969, as J.D. Sheldrake in Promises, Promises.

He moved on to television, appearing on the daytime serials The Secret Storm and Somerset. He also starred in the NBC primetime drama Project UFO and was featured in the film A Change of Seasons. He appeared as the corrupt County Commissioner Bob Gebhardt in the 1983 movie Porky's II: The Next Day and in From the Hip, also directed by Porky's director Bob Clark.

Later career

He 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. Prior to his introduction as Flagg, Winter had also 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 did.

Winter was also a recurring character on the primetime 1970s sitcom Soap, portraying Congressman Walter McCallum, who was in a relationship with Chester and Jessica Tate's daughter Eunice.

Winter guest starred in season one The A-Team, in "Holiday in the Hills".

Winter guest starred in The Golden Girls as a blind man who goes out with Blanche, who she doesn't want to go out with because he is blind, in the episode "Blind Date".

Winter appeared on a 1991 episode of the TV series Night Court as Clarence Egan. He also appeared in the 1995 Seinfeld episode, "The Beard" playing Robert's boss. He also had a recurring role on Herman's Head as Mr. Crawford.

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.

Winter died in Woodland Hills, California, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.


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