Category:ER (TV series) characters
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Catherine Banfield – Catherine Cate Banfield is a fictional character in the American medical drama ER, portrayed by Angela Bassett. She is a physician with a mysterious past with County General. Bassetts addition into the main cast opening credits was in the 2nd episode of season 15, Banfield was hired in 2008 to become the permanent Chief of the Emergency Department, replacing Dr. Skye Wexler who was serving as acting chief. The board had decided to offer the permanent position to Dr. Gregory Pratt and she first appeared in the second episode of Season 15 and immediately puts the whole ER on edge with her tough attitude. It was mentioned that she flew to Indonesia to help that country deal with the 2004 tsunami disaster, on her first day, Nurse Haleh mentioned Banfield looked familiar as if shes been at County before, which Banfield immediately denies. Her first day as Chief tested her skills as an able and efficient leader when a bio-terrorist released a bag of weaponized Ricin in the ER, necessitating an evacuation and quarantine. She briefly met and clashed over a case with Abby Lockhart. Nonetheless, Banfield made amends with her new acquaintance before Abby departed for Boston, later in Season 15, Cate and Archie Morris get snowed in at a conference in Omaha. Banfield ends up getting drunk and makes a scene of entertainment in the hotel lobby. She smiles and actually laughs for the first time, the two end up having to share a room together before flying back to Chicago. Cate begins to open up more to Morris how they tried to have another baby a few years back, in the Season 15 episode Heal Thyself, the audience begins to learn about Cate Banfields haunting past and how her experiences have damaged her emotionally. Set in 2002,6 years earlier, the episode revealed a happier Cate Banfield with her husband Russell. Banfield had a youthful look with longer black hair. She is smiling, which was never seen by the shows audiences until this point, in this episode, she stated to Dr. Greene that she worked as an ER attending physician at the University of Southern California. She went to school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During a day out in the city park, Darryl was struck with a mysterious seizure, Cate at first didnt see it as anything serious and argued against calling 9-1-1, even though her husband Russell insisted. After Darryl began vomiting blood, Cate brought him to County General and was diagnosed by Dr. Mark Greene in Trauma 1, Darryl had acute leukemia, and died from advanced complications that arose with his illness. Cates initial denial and delay contributed to one of the factors that led to Dr. Greene not being able to save Darryl and this explains how Nurse Haleh had recognized her before and the chilling moment Banfield had on her first day stepping into Trauma 1
2. Peter Benton – Dr. Peter Benton is a fictional character that was a regular on the television series ER for its first eight seasons and appeared in two episodes of the shows final season. He was played by Eriq La Salle, Benton was often portrayed as arrogant and irritable, but is nevertheless an exceptionally talented surgeon who is passionate about medicine. It is also revealed that he and fellow emergency room physician Mark Greene had attended school together. Bentons last appearance as a regular was in the Season 8 episode Ill Be Home For Christmas. He also appears later in season 15, although Benton was an original character, according to an interview La Salle gave in 1997, he was cast late in the role, after the first season had already started filming. He recalled, I was surprisingly calm, when casting waits that long, theyre basically waiting for someone to come in and take the role. I was ready and completely focused, I came into the office with a stethoscope and surgical greens I had left over from The Human Factor. When I left, I wanted them to say Thats Dr. Benton, within three days of his audition, La Salle was offered the role of Dr. Benton. Several relationships were scripted into the characters narrative, in Season 4 he began dating Dr. Elizabeth Corday, played by Alex Kingston. Both surgeons, the characters competed with each other professionally and failed to be supportive of each other in their personal crises. According to an article published in Jet in 1999, Eriq La Salle was the reason why the romance dissolved and he was unhappy that Bentons interracial romance with Corday was being shown as less problematic than his prior romances with black characters, such as Jeanie Boulet and Carla Reese. In an interview La Salle stated, As an African-American man, because in real life we romance and get on each others nerves and laugh and do all the things that any other race of people do. So if the time you show a balanced relationship is in an interracial relationship, whether its conscious or sub-conscious. Mindful of the image that he was portraying on television, La Salle asked producers to end Bentons interracial romance, in a subsequent episode, Benton was shown being compassionate to his former girlfriend, Jeanie. Benton was first introduced in the pilot as a second year surgical resident, although he does this technically against regulations, he is supported after the fact by attending physician David Morgenstern. One night when Benton is watching his mother in Jackies home, she falls down the stairs, Benton meets Jeanie Boulet, a married Physician Assistant, at the hospital. Impressed, he hires her to work with his mother as a physical therapist, Bentons mother dies, devastating him, and when Jeanie comforts him, they end up having an affair. In Season 2, Bentons affair with Jeanie ends, Jeanie separates from her husband Al and learns that he contracted HIV from an affair, and furthermore that he passed the disease on to her, however, Jeanie does not pass the virus to Peter
3. Jeanie Boulet – Jeanie Boulet is a fictional character from the television series ER. She was portrayed by Gloria Reuben as a recurring character midway in the first season, Reuben left the series in the 6th season, but in 2008 she reprised the role for one episode. Along with General Hospitals Robin Scorpio, she is one of the regular characters in American television history to contract HIV without eventually being killed off by the writers. Introduced in season 1, episode 14 Long Days Journey, Jeanie Boulet was initially a recurring character involved in the arc of the regular character Dr Peter Benton. Benton was depicted as a talented, self-assured but brooding, defensive, contrastingly, Jeanie was portrayed as emotional, caring and sensitive. Reuben has described Jeanie as strong-willed, sharp and intelligent, but, has a dry sense of humor and she knows exactly what shes doing professionally, but she has a nurturing side, too. The personality differences between the lead to several clashes on-screen initially, as both have different ideas about whats best for Bentons ailing and progressively senile mother. In episode 20 Full Moon, Saturday Night, Jeanie orders for Bentons mother to be held in restraints to prevent injury, Furious, Benton removes the restraints, Benton and Jeanie grow closer as he subsequently accepts her guidance on how to care for his mother. According to Keenleyside, this was a loose thread left dangling to pull back on to sofas next season. He predicts, expect to see them together next September, that way the writers can gloss over all the messy in-between stuff, Jeanie progressed to regular character status by season 2. This leads to hostilities from a dishevelled Benton, who proceeds to make her life a living hell. As season 2 progressed, Jeanie was given independent of Benton. This move was praised by Keenleyside, who commented, this look at Jeanie, free from Bentons brooding presence. If shes allowed to continue to develop her own character, instead of being forced into Bentons background, like Carter, she cares about her work, but shes not afraid to stand up for herself — especially when Benton is in her way. However, he does note that Jeanie is perhaps thrust to the forefront too mechanically and she is forced to carry a heavier story load than her character is capable at this point. Episode 21 of season 2, Take These Broken Wings, marked the beginning of one of Jeanies notable storylines when her husband Al was admitted to the ER, as the second season drew to a close, Jeanies HIV status was left in question, as was Dr Bentons. In the opening episode of season 3, Dr. Carter, ER writers dropped the requisite bombshell that Jeanie had tested positive for HIV, while Benton had tested negative. Jeanies decision not to reveal her serostatus to her employers was the result of an encounter with a patient in the AIDS outpatient ward at County Hospital
4. John Carter (ER) – Dr. John Truman Carter III, portrayed by Noah Wyle, is a fictional character from the American television series ER. The character, called simply Carter by most other characters, was introduced in the pilot episode, Wyle decided to leave the show as a regular character at the conclusion of season 11, despite offers to stay. He cited a family and an already lengthy tenure on the show as reasons. Carter was then out of the show by moving to Africa and marrying his love interest, Makemba Likasu. Noah Wyle agreed to make two appearances in Seasons 12 and 13. While he did so in Season 12, his Season 13 episodes were pushed back a year to season 14. Because of the WGA Strike, ER was renewed for a 15th season, Carter arrives to County General as a third-year medical student. Carter is characterized as lacking the ability of the most gifted physicians, for example, on his first day at County, he nearly vomits in the emergency room after seeing a critically wounded patient and has to be consoled by Chief Resident Dr. Mark Greene. Carter does share a very dedicated and compassionate approach with his patients and he was initially interested in surgery and completed the first year of a surgical residency involving mentoring by a surgical resident, Dr. Peter Benton. Extended exposure to the room reveals Carters true passion and he decides to change his specialty to emergency medicine. The change of heart is to Bentons dismay, Carter laments the lack of patient connection in surgery. He specifically regrets the lack of thorough follow-up and care in the surgical field, as a resident his confidence grows, and he often does whatever is in his power to help patients. During Season 6, Carter and his friend and medical student Lucy Knight were stabbed by patient Paul Sobricki, Knight is stabbed in the throat and dies from her injuries, Carter is stabbed in the back and his kidney is damaged, leaving him with lifelong kidney problems. As a result of Carters chronic battle with pain, survivor guilt, although initially opposed to going, Dr. Benton confronts him outside the hospital and boards the plane with him. At the end of the season, Kerry Weaver returns Carters application for Chief Resident because of his addiction, during Season 9, Carter begins sleeping with Abby after they were quarantined in the ER for two weeks because of the outbreak of monkeypox. However, Abbys brother Eric is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his behavior becomes erratic, meanwhile, the health of Carters grandmother, Millicent, continues to decline, and his mother, Eleanor, has difficulty accepting her divorce from Carters father, Jack. Worse, Abby and Carter continue to disagree over whether or not Abby should be drinking at all and these personal issues come to a head when Eric reappears the same day Gamma dies. Carter is broken by his grief, yet Abby feels it is her duty to go and get her destitute brother, when the uninvited Eric behaves inappropriately at the funeral, even falling into her open grave, it marks the beginning of the end of Carter and Abbys relationship
5. Jing-Mei Chen – Dr. Jing-Mei Debra Deb Chen is a fictional medical doctor on the long-running television show ER. The character is played by Ming-Na, originally, Deb Chen entered the series midway through Season 1 as a medical student. Toward the end of season, Chen decided she was ill suited to a career in medical practice. The character was absent for more than four years, returning in mid-Season 6 as Dr. Jing-Mei Chen. After five years, Dr. Chen departed once again in the 11th season, ming-Nas addition into the main cast opening credits was in the 10th episode of season 6 and her removal was in the 10th episode of season 11. She experiences several difficult transitions in her years at County General Hospital, as mentioned, she suffers a crisis of career early in her medical studies. She leaves County and does not continue her medical training and she was also revealed to have been very wealthy early in her appearances, since both of her parents were doctors, her mother was chief of surgery at another hospital. With the encouragement of Nurse Haleh Adams, she ends up playing a prank on John, Nurse Adams does this after seeing his initial treatment of Deb. She returns to County General in the Season 6 episode Family Matters as a third year resident, upon her return she expresses preference at using her Chinese name Jing-Mei, although John Carter continues to affectionately call her Deb. She and Carter resume their friendship despite not having seen or spoken with other in 5 years. In this episode, it is revealed that four months after she quit and she then realized that she had a talent for medicine, and her erstwhile rival John Carter was happy to see her back. They continue their rivalry for a while before finally learning how to work each other. During this season she showed signs of being attracted to Dr. Dave Malucci and he reciprocated, and the possibility of a romance was briefly explored. However, this changed with the introduction of a male ICU Nurse introduced later in the season as possible romantic interest. In Season 7, Jing-Mei reveals to Dr. Kerry Weaver that she is pregnant with Nurse Frank Bacons child and she gives birth to a baby boy on Christmas Eve, accompanied by her longtime friend John Carter, and she subsequently gives the child up for adoption. At the end of the season, both she and Carter apply for Chief Resident, but her application is declined due to her time off for maternity leave and she appeals the decision and is promoted to Chief Resident in Season 8. During this season it was shown that her attraction to Dave Malucci had disappeared and in fact, during the early part of Season 8, Jing-Mei is having a hard time as an authority figure in the ER. Weaver is pressuring her about being indecisive. Because of this mistake, and her history as a medical student, the board determines that because of her maternity leave, she was not at Attending status at the time of the incident and was not authorized to make the decision for the procedure
6. Elizabeth Corday – Elizabeth Corday, MBBS, FRCS is a fictional character in the television series ER. She was played by Alex Kingston and appeared from 1997 to 2004, first appearing at the opening of season four in the episode Ambush, Elizabeth Corday is a British surgeon who has moved to Chicago to gain more experience in trauma surgery. We learn in her first episode that she comes from a family of surgeons, Cordays grandfather was a surgeon, as is her father and, since there are no boys in her family. In a later episode we learn that her father is a Consultant surgeon at St. Thomas Hospital, though the two do seem to come to some kind of mutual agreement, the relationship is still strained. However, Elizabeth has a relationship with her father, Charles. Corday faces many problems in adjusting to the United States and she also introduces herself as Miss Corday, as is customary for members of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and not Dr Corday. She nevertheless becomes popular among the staff, both for her surgical skill and for her personality. She quickly gains a reputation for being unimpressed by status, an example being when she greets one eminent surgeon, Dr. Sam Breedlove, with I knew you were old, luckily Breedlove responded in the positive. She befriends many of the female ER staff, including Carol Hathaway and Dr. Anna del Amico, despite her arrogant and opinionated exterior, she has a deeply caring side to her - she is there to provide support at critical moments for both staff and patients alike. Corday is also good friends with John Carter. However, Corday can also be harsh in criticizing her fellow physicians. During this time, she makes repeated attempts to become involved with Benton. He even agrees to take over as her supervisor after a while and she faces further trouble when, at the end of a 36-hour shift, she makes a non-lethal mistake in calculating how much drug to inject into a patient. Fortunately, this doesnt put her off her stride, and she uses it to campaign for better conditions for junior medical staff and she also amicably ends her romantic relationship with Peter after that. However, the ends up haunting her later on when Dr. Maggie Doyle correctly accuses Dr. She takes the job, however, and soon finds herself getting caught up in hospital politics, despite her attempts to get along, a rift soon develops between her and Cleo Finch, Bentons new love interest. In season 6, Corday saves the life of serial rapist, when a victims family wants to learn of their daughters bodys location, the killer manipulates Corday into euthanizing him in exchange for the location. At the last minute, Corday realizes that the killer was afraid of her for the power that she held him and she spares his life, breaking his will
7. Anna Del Amico – Dr. Anna Del Amico is a fictional medical doctor from the television series ER. She was portrayed by Maria Bello, Del Amico first appeared in the show in 1997, guest starring in the last 3 episodes of the third season. Having previously completed a residency, she comes to County General as an emergency medicine intern wishing to double-board in both emergency medicine and pediatrics. As a series regular in the season, her experience as a pediatrician initially causes friction with Doug Ross. She becomes a consultant in the clinic run by Carol Hathaway. She helps Carter detox his cousin Chase and she has had to do this with her ex-boyfriend Max and knows what he is going through. During her brief stint at County General, Anna also became friends with Carol Hathaway. Anna was very insulted when she discovers Carters family fortune that he kept secret, Del Amico felt betrayed and fooled after giving him a glimpse of her poor struggling lifestyle. She never felt secure in such a setting and was always happy with her getting by day to day persona. The two hold the same passion for medicine and eventually share a kiss, Carter and Annas relationship is strained when Annas ex Dr. Max Rocher comes to Chicago to see her. Anna isnt too confident in trusting Max after his drug addiction and is frustrated whenever she has to deal with Carter. Her character is not seen again after the end of season 4 and she was mentioned again in the fifth season and her disappearance was explained to Lucy Knight by Dr. Carter who received her locker after her departure
8. Cleo Finch – Dr. Cleo Finch is a fictional doctor in the television series ER, from Seasons 6 through 8. She was portrayed by actress Michael Michele, Dr. Cleo Finch was first introduced at the start of Season 6 as a skilled new pediatric fellow at County. She was portrayed as a working, no-nonsense doctor who often jogged to work. Dr. Finch took over most of the pediatric storylines left void by the departures of George Clooney and Maria Bello and was portrayed as a generally competent doctor. She had a time early in Season 6 when she was distracted by a loud, brattily obnoxious young girl. Later on that year in “How The Finch Stole Christmas, Cleo separated a young alcoholic patient from his alcoholic mother, who fed his addiction, during Christmastime. She was at first reprimanded by Dr. Peter Benton, her boyfriend at the time, but he apologized, blaming the stress of performing surgery on his friend, Dr. John Carter. Cleo barely responded and looked completely stunned and sorrowful, leading Peter to ask her what was wrong and she seemed vaguely annoyed that Dr. During the course of Season 6, Cleo started a relationship with Dr. Peter Benton and she got along well with Peter’s deaf son Reese, impressing Peter with her knowledge of ASL. Cleo often clashed with Reese’s mother Carla, who saw Cleo as interfering in her family’s decisions, while under Cleo’s care, Reese accidentally injured his hand on a piano, leading Carla to claim she was untrustworthy and irresponsible. Despite their problems, Cleo and Peter stayed together, allowing Cleo to help Peter through a difficult battle with Roger, Carlas husband. Cleo took the stand to testify that she hoped to play an important role in both Peter and Reese’s lives, in Season 8, Cleo left County for a job at a private hospital just outside Chicago. Later in the season, after winning his battle over Reese. Their final appearance was the episode “I’ll be Home for Christmas, Michael Michele reprised her role as Dr. Finch in the Season 8 episode On the Beach, at Mark Greene’s funeral, along with Doctor Benton. Amongst them, the tag Finch can be seen, later appearances by Dr. Benton in Season 15 suggested that Cleo and Peter had gotten married and were raising Reese together. Michele did not appear in any of those episodes
9. Tony Gates – Dr. Anthony Tony Gates is a fictional character on the television series ER. He is portrayed by John Stamos, Stamos was originally going to be introduced on ER in Season 12 as Dr. Tom Beck, an unorthodox new ER Chief who would alternately clash with and impress the ER regulars. In Gatess first appearance in the series, his paramedic was fired at while trying to assist a young kidnapping victim, Gates transported the girl to County General following the arrest of her kidnapper. While assisting in the treatment of the girl, Gates met Dr. Neela Rasgotra, in the beginning, Neela seems irritated by Gates, but the two soon developed a friendship. Gates later revealed to Neela that he too is a student who is spending time with the paramedics until he graduates. In the episode, Two Ships, when two airplanes collided and crashed in downtown Chicago, Gates and Neela again worked together, this out in the field. Gates was badly injured when a burning building exploded, Neela was forced to perform risky liver surgery on him in the field. Gates returned to the series as an intern at County at the start of season 13, Tony reunited with Neela and encountered feelings. The two bickered with one another but eventually had a fling and this began to upset Ray Barnett, who also had feelings for Neela but could never quite face up to them. It was revealed that Tony had a girlfriend named Meg who was using her husbands life insurance money to get him through medical school. She also had a daughter named Sarah who loved Tony more as a best friend than father figure, Tony and Megs relationship was revealed at first being casual friends through Megs husband, who was friends with Tony from their service in the first Gulf War. After the husbands death, Tony decided to live with Meg, Tony would eventually become intimate with Meg. Meg clearly had big hopes for Tony to provide more for his family, Tony didnt mention his domestic status at the hospital, and it was unknown even to Neela. Tony was caught in the act with Neela when they spent a Thanksgiving together at his, jealousy and fury were unleashed as Meg tried to get back at Tony and Neela. Ultimately, Tony left Meg for Neela but still managed to stay in Sarahs life, in Murmurs of the Heart, Tony gets a frantic call from Sarah saying her mother was unconscious. Despite everyones best efforts, Meg eventually died from an overdose of medication, leaving Tony flooded with guilt. The last thing Meg said to Tony before she lost consciousness was that Sarah is yours, however, a paternity test revealed that this was not the case. More of Gatess life is exposed when he allows his father, Tony later throws his father out after finding out his father drove Sarah to the movies while drunk
10. Mark Greene – Dr. Mark Greene is a fictional medical doctor from the television series ER, portrayed by the actor Anthony Edwards. For most of his time on the series, Greenes role was that of a mediator and occasional authority figure, Mark was also the only original character to die, and his death at the end of Season 8 marked one of the biggest turning points in the series. Mark Greene, a child, was raised by his mother, Ruth. Kings Bay, Georgia, and Hawaii, where spent three years, Davids longest assignment. Mark had a strained relationship with his father, and was decidedly closer to his mother. He would often act out in an attempt to upset his father, the most memorable time of his childhood was when his family was in Hawaii, a time he would later recreate with daughter Rachel during the last few weeks of his life. While still in school, Mark met and soon after developed a romantic relationship with Jennifer. Presumably their relationship lasted the duration of their time in college and his daughter, Rachel was born shortly afterwards. While in medical school, he met future colleague Peter Benton, while there, Mark developed close friendships with Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician, Dr. Susan Lewis, an ER resident, and nurse manager, Carol Hathaway. Although Mark enjoys working the ER, the nights on call. Also, his friendship with Susan is shown as they confide in each other about their personal lives while on break. During the same episode, Jen gets Mark to visit a private practice near the hospital to explore the possibility of leaving his job at the ER, Mark decides the clean medicine isnt his cup of tea. Back at the ER, Mark removes a hangnail from an older woman, later during the night, Mark has to urge everyone to get back to work when Carol is rushed into the ER after a shocking suicide attempt. During the first season, Dr. Greenes marriage becomes increasingly shaky, when offered an attending physicians position by David Morgenstern, Mark readily accepts, much to Jens chagrin. As a newly admitted member of the bar, Jen has been clerking in Milwaukee for a judge and she begins an affair with a coworker, and the marriage soon ends, with Rachel and Jen leaving Chicago first for Milwaukee and later for St. Louis. In Loves Labor Lost, Mark makes miscalculations in treating a pregnant woman that lead to her death in childbirth, in A Miracle Happens Here, a Christmas episode, Mark explains that he is the son of an agnostic Jew and a lapsed Catholic. He lights a Hanukkah candle for a Holocaust survivor, Marks career becomes more difficult as he needs to make decisions that periodically alienate his friends, such as selecting Dr. Marks friendship with Dr. His love life takes a more drastic downward spin when his feelings for Dr. Lewis increase and he suffers emotionally again after he is attacked in the ER mens room in the episode Random Acts