'St. Elsewhere' 30th Anniversary: Fun Facts
16. "St. Elsewhere" not only helped launch...
16. "St. Elsewhere" helped launch the careers of not only several of the series’ leading actors, but also
several guest stars. Up-and-coming standup comedian Howie Mandel shot to fame playing Dr. Wayne Fiscus, David Morse had had only three professional gigs before signing on as Dr. Jack Morrison, and Denzel Washington was also a newcomer when he took the role of Dr. Philip Chandler. Mixed in among the hundreds of guests stars that portrayed patients, nurses, doctors, and more were future Oscar winners Helen Hunt and Tim Robbins, as well as then-unknown actresses Patricia Wettig and Jane Kaczmarek.