Richard Edson

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Richard Edson
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Edson holding a producer credit for The 1 Second Film in May 2006
Born (1954-01-01) January 1, 1954 (age 61)
New Rochelle, New York, US
Occupation Actor/Musician
Years active 1981–present

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.[1] Edson also played trumpet with 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 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Man at newspaper stand in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Richie in Howard the Duck (1986), Eddie in Jim Jarmusch's cult film Stranger Than Paradise (1984), real-life gambler Billy Maharg in Eight Men Out, and the title character in Joey Breaker (1993). He also appeared in Platoon (1986), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dirty Dancing (1987), Tougher Than Leather (1988) Let It Ride (1989), and Do the Right Thing (1989). He starred in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros as Spike, King Koopa's cousin. Edson played the lead role in three films directed by Raphael Nadjari: The Shade (1999), I am Josh Polonski's Brother (2001)[2] and 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 The Adventures of Pete & Pete and the third season finale of Homicide: Life on the Street. Edson appeared in a 2007 TV commercial for The Travelers Companies Inc., in which he plays the human personification of risk. In total, Edson has appeared in about 85 movies/television shows.


Selected Filmography[edit]

  • A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles - (2012).Swan III Sanchez
  • Hands & Eyes (Short) - (2010).The Artist
  • Happiness Runs - (2010).Pete
  • The Greims (Short) - (2009).Larry
  • Vicious Circle - (2009).John
  • The Smell of Success - (2009).Nelly the Nose
  • Black Dynamite - (2009).Dino
  • Columbus Day - (2008).Manny
  • Momma's Man - (2008).Tom
  • Japan - (2008).Gus
  • Under There (Short) - (2007).Roman
  • Cut Off - (2006).Mikey
  • The Astronaut Farmer - (2006).Chopper Miller
  • Hard Scrambled - (2006).Joe
  • The Kid & I - (2005).Guy Prince
  • Welcome to California - (2005). Husband / Sylvio
  • Goodnight, Joseph Parker - (2004). Frankie
  • Frankenfish (TV Movie) - (2004). Roland
  • Land of Plenty - (2004).Jimmy Starsky & Hutch - (2004).Monix
  • Highway to Oblivion (TV Movie)(2003).Leslie
  • Apartment #5C - (2002).Harold
  • Sunshine State - (2002).Steve Tregaskis
  • P.O.V. - Point of View - (2001).Fool on Hill
  • Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician - (2001).Thomas
  • I Am Josh Polonski's Brother - (2001).Abe Polonski
  • Jack of Hearts - (2000).Henry
  • Desperate But Not Serious - (2000).Screenwriter
  • A Man Is Mostly Water - (2000).Bud Guy
  • * Picking Up the Pieces – (2000).Edsel Farkus
  • * Cement – (2000).Robbo
  • * Timecode – (2000).Lester Moore
  • * The Million Dollar Hotel – (2000).Joe
  • * The Shade – (1999).Simon
  • * Thick as Thieves – (1999).Danny
  • * Purgatory(TV Movie) – (1999).Euripides
  • * Purgatory(TV Movie) – (1999).Euripides
  • * Lulu on the Bridge – (1998).Dave Reilly
  • * Double Tap – (1997).Fischer
  • * Snide and Prejudice – (1997).Rudolph Hess
  • * This World, Then the Fireworks – (1997).
  • * Joe
  • * An Occasional Hell – (1996).Rodney Gillen
  • * Wedding Bell Blues – (1996).Tom
  • * Scorpion Spring – (1996).Lem Wells
  • * The Winner – (1996).Frankie
  • * Cosas que nunca te dije – (1996).Steve
  • * Marco Polo The Missing Chapter – (1996).Bergman
  • * Strange Days – (1995).Tick
  • * Destiny Turns on the Radio – (1995).Gage
  • * Jury Duty – (1995).Skeets
  • * Love, Cheat & Steal – (1993).Billy Quayle
  • * What About Me – (1993).Nick
  • * Super Mario Bros – (1993).Spike
  • * Posse – (1993).Deputy Tom
  • * Joey Breaker – (1993).Joey Breaker
  • * Split Ends – (1993).Eric
  • * Crossing the Bridge – (1992).Mitchell
  • * Love Is Like That – (1992)Bubba-Lilly
  • * Eyes of an Angel – (1991).Goon
  • * Jar – (1989). Jack Bateman
  • * China Lake – (1989).Connie Veesk
  • * Let It Ride – (1989).Johnny Casino
  • * Bloodhounds of Broadway – (1989).Johnny Crackow
  • * Do the Right Thing – (1989).Vito
  • * The Chair – (1988).Riot leader
  • * Tougher Than Leather – (1988).Bernie Carteez
  • * Eight Men Out – (1988).Billy Maharg
  • * Good Morning, Vietnam – (1987).Pvt. Abersold
  • * Walker – (1986).Turley
  • * Platoon – (1986).Sal
  • * For Love or Money – (1986).Jake Rennick
  • * Howard the Duck – (1986).Ritchie
  • * Ferris Bueller's Day Off – (1986).Garage Attendant
  • * Desperately Seeking Susan – (1985).Man with Newspapers
  • * Stranger Than Paradise – (1984).Eddie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, David (2008). Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth. Del Capo Press. pp. 79–80. 
  2. ^ allmovie ((( I Am Josh Polonski's Brother)))

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