October 4, 1925|
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||December 14, 2015(aged 90)|
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Lyndeck, a former college professor, spent well over a dozen years in stock and regional theater roles before making his Broadway debut in the original production of 1776. After originating the role of John Witherspoon, Lyndeck went on to play Stephen Hopkins, Dr. Lyman Hall, and Charles Thomson before ending up on tour as John Dickinson. His other Broadway credits include Mrs. Warren's Profession, A Doll's Life, Merlin, and Into the Woods (as Cinderella's Father).
His best-known role is the evil Judge Turpin in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, which he also repeated for the first national tour, the 1980 television broadcast, and a 1994 production at the North Shore Music Theatre. He earned a Drama-Logue Award for his performance in the tour's Los Angeles berth. He followed up Sweeney Todd with another Stephen Sondheim musical, Into The Woods, originating the role of Cinderella's father.
Lyndeck has worked frequently in Pennsylvania regional theater. For many years he was a fixture at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera — most notably as Scrooge in their annual musical version of A Christmas Carol, a role he performed almost every year from 1992 to 2007.
Film and television
Lyndeck appeared occasionally on film and television. He was a contract player on a now-defunct soap opera, The Doctors, and has had guest roles in series like Ed, The Cosby Show, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His best-known film role is as the marijuana-smoking grandfather in Road Trip; he is also known for his appearance in Adam Sandler's Big Daddy as Mr. Herlihy, You Don't Mess with the Zohan as the Pharmacist and his most recent appearance in The Notorious Bettie Page. He also did voiceovers for numerous television and film documentaries.
Lyndeck died December 14, 2015, aged 90.
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- Rawson, Christopher (December 4, 2008). "Atkins discovers it's no picnic playing Scrooge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Edmund Lyndeck at the Internet Movie Database
- Simonson, Robert (December 17, 2015). "Edmund Lyndeck, Original Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Dies". Playbill. Retrieved 27 February 2016.