Though his first professional citation of record took place in 1976, it wasn't until nearly two decades later -- in 1993 -- that he stepped into the realm of cinematic Fantasy: cast in Stuart Gillard's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III -- the film that transported that fearsome foursome back into 17th century Japan -- Aylward filled the shoes of 'Niles' in the picture.
In 1998, the actor enjoyed exploring characters in the popular HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon (produced by Tom Hanks). That same year also had the man facing an aquatic menace in the miniseries adaptation of Peter Benchley's Creature as well as turning up on the silver screen with a small role aboard Michael Bay's Armageddon.
In 2000, Alyward enjoyed a recurring role aboard the short-lived TV series, The Others, a procedural that dealt with a group privately confronting supernatural and paranormal events. That same year, he paid a visit to another TV world, that of the short-lived Secret Agent Man from creator Barry Sonnenfeld.
As you can guess, other opportunities continued to appear on his horizon. Fans were able to enjoy his work in such properties as 3rd Rock From The Sun, HBO's Carnivale, The X-Files, Surface, Stargate SG-1, Alias, The Crazies (2010), Fringe, and American Horror Story.
Alas -- as they say -- an end awaits us all, and word has reached us this week that the actor passed from natural causes. Thankfully, we'll always have the work he did so well to appreciate the time he spent entertaining everyone.
Thoughts and prayers are extended to Aylward's family and friends.