PROFILE
Name:
Anthony Edwards
Birth Date:
July 19, 1962
Birth Place:
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role in 'Top Gun' (1986)
BIOGRAPHY
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ER

Background:

"Flying back from New York, the flight attendant said, 'God, I wished you were here yesterday, we had a stroke on the plane.' I said, 'If I have a stroke on a plane, I hope the pretend doctor isn't the one on the plane. I want a real doctor.'" Anthony Edwards

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor/director/producer Anthony Edwards got his first big break as Tom Cruise's wingman Goose in Tony Scott's Academy Award winning movie "Top Gun" (1986). Around the mid 1990s, he landed his best known role to date, that of Dr. Mark Greene (1994-2002) in the hit NBC medical drama series "ER."

Making his film debut with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), Edwards has added to his resume roles in the films "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984), "Gotcha," (1985), "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987), "The Client" (1994), "Playing by Heart" (1998), "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (1999), "Thunderbirds" (2004), "The Forgotten" (2004) and "Zodiac" (2007). Besides "ER," TV viewers could also catch him playing the recurring role of Mike Monroe (1992-1993) in the acclaimed CBS drama/comedy series "Northern Exposure."

As a director, Edwards has helmed several episodes of "ER" and an independent drama/comedy called "Charlie's Ghost Story" (1994), which he also starred in with former “Gotcha” co-star Linda Fiorentino. He owns his own production company, Aviator Films, and is an honorary board member of Access Theatre, an acting company comprised of disabled artists. He later directed a documentary about Acess Theatre, which received several awards and is being distributed in high schools around the United States.

The 6' 2" balding actor, who dated Meg Ryan during 1986-1988, has been married to make-up artist Jeanine Lobell since 1994 and has four children.


ACE

Childhood and Family:

The youngest child to Peter Edwards (an architect) and Erika Plack (an artist/landscape painter), Anthony Charles Planck Edwards was born on July 19, 1962, in Santa Barbara, California. He grew up in "The Riviera," Santa Barbara's answer to Beverly Hills. His family belonged to the Riviera Country Club. Edwards' grandfather helped design Walt Disney Studios in the 1930s.

Edwards, nicknamed “ACE,” has four older siblings, Jeffrey Edwards (born in February 1956), Peter Ross Edwards (born in October 1953), Annamaria Edwards (born in July 1958), and Heidi Edwards (born in March 1952).

Edwards grew up and went to school with childhood friend and future actor Eric Stoltz. As a teenager, they studied ballet together in Santa Barbara, California, so that "they could meet girls." He attended San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara and graduated in 1980.

With his parents’ encouragement, Edwards began acting on stage at age 12. He would act in over 30 plays in 5 years before he went to a summer workshop in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He studied acting at the University of Southern California and worked in commercials to help pay for his education. However, he dropped out after he began receiving roles.

On September 5, 1994, Edwards married his present wife, Jeanine Lobell, a respected and renowned make-up artist who also founded the Stila cosmetics line. They have three daughters, Esme Edwards (born in January 1997), Wallis Edwards (born in September 2000), and Poppy Edwards (born in 2002), and one son, Bailey Edwards (born in January 1994).

"There's really no point in having children if you're not going to be home enough to father them." Anthony Edwards

Edwards is a longtime friend of Aimee Mann and good friends with James Garner. He plays basketball with friend George Clooney, who also co-starred with him on "ER" (1994), and spends every Thanksgiving with Helen Hunt. He moved to Manhattan, New York, in 2002.

A big fan of race car driving, Edwards owned a Honda Civic as his very first car. He collected James Taylor and Styx tapes/records as a teenager. Edwards, who has a cat named Nitro, is also involved with the Project Angel Food, Cure Autism Now (CAN) foundation and the Los Angeles Youth Network, a shelter for homeless youth in Hollywood.


Top Gun

Career:

Getting his start by acting on stage when he was 12, Anthony Edwards toured California one summer as part of Santa Barbara Youth Theatre's production of "Peter Pan." He would act in over 30 plays in 5 years before he went to London to attend the Royal Academy of Arts. He would also sharpen his craft at USC in Los Angeles.

In 1981, at age 19, Edwards made his TV acting debut in the CBS movie "The Killing of Randy Webster," alongside Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He followed it up with a TV series debut as a regular in the short-lived ABC sitcom "It Takes Two" (1982). Also that year, he made his feature acting debut with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," a coming-of-age teen-comedy directed by Amy Heckerling based on Cameron Crowe's book. In the film, Edwards shared the screen with childhood friend Eric Stoltz and was reunited with Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker were also featured in the film.

Edwards landed his first leading role in a feature in Jeff Kanew's action/comedy film "Gotcha" (1985). The following year, he got his big break when he co-starred with Tom Cruise in Tony Scott's Academy Award winning movie "Top Gun" (1986).

"Everything I hate about Hollywood is embodied by that movie [Top Gun]. It’s the idea that you have to succeed at any cost. If you have to kill your best friend, that is OK as long as you are the best fighter pilot. It’s a pure capitalism message gone mad. I guess I’m just an old peacenik because I don’t believe you solve problems by killing people." Anthony Edwards

In the early 1990s, Edwards had a recurring role on the CBS Emmy winning drama/comedy series "Northern Exposure," as Mike Monroe (1992-1993), a hyper-allergic lawyer who moves to Alaska to escape pollution. He then returned to the big screen to co-star with Helen Hunt in Howard Cushnir's independent drama film "Sexual Healing" (1993), which earned him a CableACE nomination for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.

After playing a lawyer in Joel Schumacher's legal thriller film adapted from John Grisham's novel, "The Client" (1994; starring Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Brad Renfro), Edwards was approached by "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton and producer John Wells to star in a two-hour medical drama pilot on NBC called "ER" (1994). For his work in the hit show, Edwards won five Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, two for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1996 and 1998) and three for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1997, 1998 and 1999). He also won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Drama in 1998. In addition to his SAG and Golden Globe wins, Edwards also received several nominations at the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

During his "ER" years, Edwards made his feature directing debut with the independent drama/comedy "Charlie's Ghost Story" (1994), which he also starred with former “Gotcha” co-star Linda Fiorentino, and signed an one-year development and production deal with the Walt Disney Company. He also became the first member of the "ER" cast to direct an episode of the series in 1996.

In the rest of the 1990s, Edwards co-executive produced and starred (as a sensitive failing sports trainer named Tony) in Willi Patterson's independent romantic comedy "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (released theatrically in 1999) and created the production company Aviator. He subsequently returned in front of the camera, teaming with Madeleine Stowe as a couple having an affair, in the drama/comedy film "Playing By Heart" (1998). Four years later, he would win a Daytime Emmy for producing the Showtime original movie based on the acclaimed children's novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, "My Louisiana Sky" (2001; starring Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, and Shirley Knight), which was directed by Adam Arkin.

After signing a reported $35 million dollar deal with Warner Bros. in 1998 to remain on "ER" through the 2001-2002 season that made him the highest paid actor on TV, Edwards eventually left his role in 2002 so he could spend more time with his family.

Post "ER," Edwards played the estranged husband of a grieving woman (played by Julianne Moore) in the psychological thriller "The Forgotten" (2004) and starred as a genius scientist known as Brains in Jonathan Frakes' science fiction-adventure film based on the cult British television series of the 1960s, "Thunderbirds" (2004). His most recent film is "Zodiac" (2007), David Fincher's serial killer thriller based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction books "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked" in which he portrayed a San Francisco detective named William Armstrong.


Awards:

  • Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Children's Special, "My Louisiana Sky," 2002

  • Association for Library Service to Children: Andrew Carnegie Medal, "My Louisiana Sky," 2002

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "ER," 1999

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "ER," 1998

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, "ER," 1998

  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, "ER," 1998

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "ER," 1997

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, "ER," 1996

  • People's Choice: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series, 1995

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