Anthony Edwards

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Anthony Edwards
Edwards at the 2001 Indy 500
Born Anthony Charles Edwards
(1962-07-19) July 19, 1962 (age 53)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Jeanine Lobell (m. 1994)
Children 4

Anthony Charles Edwards[1] (born July 19, 1962) is an American actor and director.[2][3] He has appeared in various movies and television shows, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, Miracle Mile, Revenge of the Nerds, Planes, Northern Exposure, and ER.

Early life[edit]

Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Erika Kem (née Weber), an artist/landscape painter, and Peter Edwards, an architect.[4][5] He has two older sisters, Heidi and Ann-Marie, and two older brothers, Peter and Jeffrey. Edwards was encouraged by his parents to attend college before pursuing his interest in acting. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England and studied theatre at University of Southern California but by the age of nineteen was being offered enough acting work to enable him to leave college.


Edwards's early work includes a co-starring role in the TV series It Takes Two with Richard Crenna and Patty Duke Astin as his parents and Helen Hunt as his sister. He made a cameo in the hit 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High as "Stoner Bud." In 1984, He starred in the hit comedy film Revenge of the Nerds playing the main role of Gilbert Lowe, a sensitive and well meaning nerd, Lewis' (played by Robert Carradine) best friend and would later be president of the tri-lambs. He reprised the role of Gilbert for a few brief scenes in the sequel Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), with his character unable to join the rest of the nerds because of a broken leg.

It was his role as LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw alongside Tom Cruise in the 1986 film Top Gun that brought his first widespread public acknowledgement. His character, who died in an aviation accident, was among the most prominent and popular in the film. He appeared as a terminally ill patient in Hawks (1988) alongside Timothy Dalton, another role which brought him worldwide fame. He starred in the Cold War era comedy Gotcha! as a college student who gets wrapped up in spy antics. He starred in the 1990 movie Downtown with Penelope Ann Miller and Forest Whitaker. He also played widowed veterinarian Chase Matthews, father of Edward Furlong's character in the horror film, Pet Sematary Two (1992), a sequel to the film Pet Sematary in 1989. In 1992 and 1993 he played Mike Monroe in ten episodes of Northern Exposure.[6]

His best known role is as Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running TV series ER, where he resided from its premiere in 1994 to the end of the 8th season in 2002. The series afforded Edwards his first opportunity to direct. Edwards's desire to pursue directing led to his request to be written out of the series. He reportedly earned $35,000,000 for three seasons on ER, which made him one of the highest-paid television actors to date.[7] Anthony Edwards and his former co-star George Clooney were the ones who suggested doing an episode of ER live.[8] The fourth season premiere, "Ambush" was performed live twice with an East Coast and West Coast version.

He never won a Primetime Emmy, though he was nominated four times.[2] He won a Golden Globe Award For Best Performance by an Actor-In a TV Series after being nominated four times, and he has two Screen Actor's Guild Awards.[2]

In 2007, Edwards appeared as SFPD inspector Bill Armstrong in David Fincher's Zodiac, about the Zodiac Killer, the notorious serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2008, Edwards returned to ER to reprise his role as Dr. Greene (in flashback scenes, where he treats the dying son of character Catherine Banfield) for one episode during its 15th and final season.[9]

In 2010, Edwards appeared in the movie Motherhood, which set a record for the biggest bomb in British cinema history garnering just £88 on 11 tickets on opening weekend.[10] In the United States Motherhood did not fare much better earning just $93,388 in three weeks of release.[11]

In 2013, Edwards returned to episodic television with the conspiracy drama, Zero Hour, playing the male lead Hank Galliston. After three episodes, Zero Hour was cancelled due to poor ratings.[12]

He was the voice of Echo, one of the fighter jets in the Disneytoon Studios film, Planes.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1994 Edwards has been married to Jeanine Lobell. They have one son, Bailey, and three daughters, Esme, Wallis and Poppy. He left ER in order to spend more time with his family. Currently they reside in New York City. In 1994 Lobell, who had worked as a makeup artist, founded the Stila cosmetics line, which she then sold to Estee Lauder in 1999.[13]

He also serves as chairman for Shoe4Africa, a non-profit organization that donates shoes to Kenyan athletes and aims to build the largest public children's hospital in Africa. Edwards ran in the ING New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009 to raise funds for Shoe4Africa.[14]

Since his teenage years, Edwards has been a close friend of picture book illustrator Steven Kellogg. In 2011, Edwards's gift of $350,000 made it possible for Kellogg's complete life's work of more than 2700 illustrations to be donated to the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books.[15]

Edwards has been a certified private pilot (airplane single engine land) since 2011.

Honors and tributes[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Big Zapper Kono's Boy
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Stoner Bud
1983 Heart Like a Wheel John Muldowney (age 15-23)
1983 High School USA Bo Middleton (Age 18)
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Gilbert Lowe
1985 Gotcha! Jonathan Moore
1985 Sure Thing, TheThe Sure Thing Lance
1985 Going for the Gold Bill Johnson The story of Olympic downhill racer Bill Johnson
1986 Top Gun Lt. (j.g.) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw
1987 Summer Heat Aaron
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Gilbert Lowe
1988 Hawks Deckermensky, 'Decker'
1988 Miracle Mile Harry Washello
1988 Mr. North Theophilus North
1989 How I Got Into College Kip Hammett
1990 Downtown Alex Kearney
1992 Pet Sematary Two Chase Matthews
1992 Delta Heat Mike Bishop
1992 Landslide Bob Boyd
1993 Sexual Healing David Nominated — CableACE Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1994 Client, TheThe Client Clint Von Hooser
1994 Charlie's Ghost Story Dave
1998 Good Night, Gorilla Zookeeper Voice
1998 Playing by Heart Roger
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Tony Dorfman
2000 Island of the Skog, TheThe Island of the Skog Narrator Voice
2001 Jackpot Tracy
2003 Northfork Happy
2004 Thunderbirds Brains
2004 Forgotten, TheThe Forgotten Jim Paretta
2007 Zodiac Inspector William Armstrong
2009 Motherhood Avery Welsh
2010 Flipped Steven Loski
2012 Big Sur Lawrence Ferlinghetti
2013 Planes Echo Voice
2015 Experimenter Miller
2015 "Consumed" Lab Scientist


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Killing of Randy Webster, TheThe Killing of Randy Webster Tommy Lee Swanson
1981 Walking Tall Robbie 1 episode
1982 Police Squad! Dental Patient 1 episode - uncredited
1982–83 It Takes Two Andy Quinn 22 episodes
1983 High School U.S.A. Beau Middleton
1983 For Love and Honor Michelson 1 episode
1984 Call to Glory Billy
1985 Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story Bill Johnson
1990 Diablo, ElEl Diablo Billy Ray Smith
1990 Hometown Boy Makes Good Boyd Geary
1991 General Motors Playwrights Theater, TheThe General Motors Playwrights Theater Josh 1 episode
1992–93 Northern Exposure Mike Monroe 10 episodes
1995 Saturday Night Live Host 1 episode
1996 In Cold Blood Dick Hickock
2001 Cursed Ricky 1 episode
2001 Frasier Tom 1 episode
1994–2002, 2008 ER Dr. Mark Greene 181 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1996, 1998)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series (1995–98)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–99)
TV Land Award - Icon Award (2009)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1996–97, 1999)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1997)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1997, 1999, 2001)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 2000–01)
Nominated — TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year in a Drama Series (2001)
2013 Zero Hour Hank Galliston 13 episodes
2015 Blue Bloods Owen Cairo[18] 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Executive producer
1999 Border Line Executive producer Television film
1999 N.Y.H.C. Executive producer
2001 My Louisiana Sky Executive producer Television film
Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video (2002)
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special (2002)
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Producer
2010 Temple Grandin Executive producer Television film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie (2010)


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  2. ^ a b c Anthony Edwards - Biography, IMDB. Note: Although nominated four times for Primetime awards, Edwards only won an Emmy for a daytime award
  3. ^ Advanced Primetime Awards, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website, retrieved 2009-04-17;
  4. ^ "Anthony Edwards Biography (1962-)". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Peter Edwards and Bride on Honeymoon in Sun Valley". 1950-12-08. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Dr. Benton's $27m cut". BBC News. 17 August 1999. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  8. ^ ER: The Complete Fourth Season, Extra Features
  9. ^ "Dr. Greene returns in `ER' final-season flashback". Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. 
  10. ^ Anita Hill (2010-03-26). "The Uma Thurman film so bad it made £88 on opening weekend". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ "Motherhood (2009)". BoxOfficeMojo. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  12. ^ "Time's Up: Zero Hour Cancelled by ABC". 2013-03-01. 
  13. ^ "ESTEE LAUDER SAYS IT HAS AGREED TO BUY STILA COSMETICS". NYTimes Co. 1999-08-06. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  14. ^ Oh, Eunice (2009-09-03). "Anthony Edwards Goes the Distance for Charity". People magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  15. ^ "Mazza Obtains Major Collection of Kellogg Artwork". University of Findlay. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  16. ^ a b c d NBC Press Release: NBC Announces Golden Globe Winner & Emmy Nominee Anthony Edwards to Reprise His Role as Dr. Mark Greene...., originally issued 09-04-08, The Futon Critic website, retrieved 2009-04-17;
  17. ^ a b Anthony Edwards Biography, website, retrieved 2009-04-17;
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