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|Born||Louis Stirling Edmonds
September 24, 1923
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Died||March 3, 2001
Port Jefferson, New York
|Cause of death||respiratory failure|
|Other names||Loui Man, Big Lou, Uncle Oodie.|
Edmonds appeared in the musical Ernest in Love in 1960. He acted on the supernatural soap Dark Shadows as Roger Collins from 1966 to 1971. His other roles on Dark Shadows were Joshua Collins (the father of Barnabas Collins), Edward Collins (the older brother of Quentin Collins), Roger Collins PT (Roger Collins' opposite self in 1970 Parallel Time), the adult Daniel Collins (a cousin of Barnabas Collins and Millicent Collins' younger brother), Amadeus Collins (a lawyer who was the main prosecutor in the trial of Judah Zachary in 1692, whose spirit later possesses Gerard Stiles in 1840), and Brutus Collins (a ghost who haunted the secret locked room in 1841 Parallel Time). On All My Children, he played Langley Wallingford/Lenny Wlasuk from 1979 to 1992 (on contract, returning for special events up until 1995, the show's 25th anniversary special), who was married to Phoebe Tyler, portrayed by Ruth Warrick. He received Daytime Emmy nominations in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He also received Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in 1989 and 1990. Edmonds retired from the show due to ill health after being off contract for several years. He died of respiratory failure on March 3, 2001, in Port Jefferson, New York.
Edmonds began his career off-Broadway in the 1950s, appearing in mostly light comedy and classical works. He created the role of Algernon in Ernest in Love, the musical version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest. The cast recording was recently reissued on CD. He played Max in the original Broadway production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, but due to a temporary illness, he is not heard on the cast recording. In the 1970s and 1980s Edmonds toured in several national tours, two of the most successful were Man of LaMancha (as Cervantes/Quixote) and My Fair Lady (as Henry Higgins).
Louis was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 24, 1923 to Walter R. Edmonds and his wife, Katherine L. Stirling. Though he never hid his sexuality from those he met, he came out publicly in the biography Big Lou by Craig Hamrick, published while Edmonds was in his 70s. The actor gave details of his life as a gay man.