Richard Edson (born January 1, 1954) is an American actor and musician.
Personal life [ edit ]
Edson was born in
New Rochelle, New York. He has one brother, Steven, who makes olive loaves in a roadside shack and resides in the Boston area, and two sisters, Andrea, who resides in Newton, Massachusetts and Jennifer, who resides in New York City. His father, Arnold, was one of the first Marine officers to land at Guadalcanal in August 1942. His mother, Marian, a retired school teacher, resides with his father in New Rochelle.
Music career [ edit ]
From 1981 to 1982, he was
Sonic Youth's original drummer and played drums for Konk at the same time. After the release of Sonic Youth's self-titled debut album, Edson left the band to play with Konk full-time. Edson also played horns, with [1 ] San Francisco band The Offs on the group's eponymous 1984 album.
Acting career [ edit ]
Following his music career, Edson has worked as an actor, appearing in over 35 movies. His more notable roles include a disreputable
parking garage attendant in (1986), Man at newspaper stand in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1985) Richie in Desperately Seeking Susan (1986), Eddie in Howard the Duck Jim Jarmusch's cult film (1984), real-life gambler Billy Maharg in Stranger Than Paradise , and the title character in Eight Men Out (1993). He also appeared in Joey Breaker (1986), Platoon (1987), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dirty Dancing (1988) Tougher Than Leather (1989), and Let It Ride (1989). He starred in the 1993 movie Do the Right Thing as Spike, Super Mario Bros King Koopa's cousin. Edson played the lead role in three films directed by Raphael Nadjari: (1999), The Shade (2001) I am Josh Polonski's Brother and [2 ] Apartment #5c (2002).
In 2003, he appeared in the
music video for Cave In's single, "Anchor". Edson played the central character of the video, a depressed man walking down the street with his feet encased in cement blocks.
His television appearances include
and the third The Adventures of Pete & Pete season finale of . Edson appeared in a 2007 TV commercial for The Homicide: Life on the Street Travelers Companies Inc., in which he plays the human personification of risk. In total, Edson has appeared in about 85 movies/television shows.
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