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|Born||June 3, 1868|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||March 24, 1931 (aged 62)|
Life and career
Edeson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of manager and actor George R. Edeson. After working as treasurer of the Park Theatre in Brooklyn, he initially acted in New York in 1887 in a production of Fascination. He debuted on Broadway in Marriage (1896). His last Broadway appearance was in The World We Live In (1922). He also performed in vaudeville.
Edeson replaced actor Rudolph Christians in Erich von Stroheim's production of Foolish Wives (1922), after Christians died of pneumonia. Edeson famously only showed his back to the camera so as not to clash with shot footage of Christians that was still to be used in the completed film.
Edeson's final film was Aloha (1931).
His third wife was the former Aida Banker.
On March 24, 1931, Edeson died at his home in Hollywood. He was 62 years old.
- The Paymaster's Son (1913) as The Paymaster's Son
- The Call of the North (1914) as Ned Stewart
- The Absentee (1915) as Nathaniel Crosby
- The Light That Failed (1916) as Dick Hedlar
- Big Jim Garrity (1916) as Jim Garrity
- On the Night Stage (1915) as Austin
- The Caveman (1915) as Hanlick Smagg
- Public Defender (1917) as Arthur Nelson
- Extravagance (1921) as Richard Vane
- Foolish Wives (1922) as Andrew J. Hughes
- The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) as Colonel Zapta
- Sure Fire Flint (1922) as Anthony De Lanni
- Any Night (1922) as Jim Barton
- You Are Guilty (1923) as Theodore Tennent
- The Tie That Binds (1923) as Charles Dodge
- The Silent Partner (1923) as Ralph Coombes
- To the Last Man (1923) as Gaston Isbel
- The Ten Commandments (1923) as Inspector Redding
- Feet of Clay (1924) as Dr. Fergus Lansell
- Welcome Stranger (1924) as Eb Hooker
- Men (1924) as Henri Duval
- Triumph (1924) as Samuel Overton
- Thy Name Is Woman (1924) as The Commandante
- Missing Daughters (1924) as Secret Service Chief
- The Prairie Pirate (1925) as Don Esteban
- Men and Women (1925) as Israel Cohen
- The Golden Bed (1925) as Amos Thompson
- Go Straight (1925) as The Hawk
- Locked Doors (1925) as Norman Carter
- Blood and Steel (1925) as W.L. Grimshaw
- The Volga Boatman (1926) as Prince Nikita
- The Clinging Vine (1926) as T. M. Bancroft
- The Blue Eagle (1926) as Chaplain Regan
- The King of Kings (1927) as Matthew the Apostle
- Chicago (1927) as William Flynn
- Altars of Desire (1927) as John Sutherland
- The Night Bride (1927)
- George Washington Cohen (1928) as Mr. Gorman
- A Ship Comes In (1928) as Judge Gresham
- Beware of Blondes (1928) as Costigan
- Walking Back (1928) as Edgar Thatcher
- Dynamite (1929) as Wise Fool
- Romance of the Rio Grande (1929) as Don Fernando
- Pardon My Gun (1930) as Pa Martin
- A Devil with Women (1930) as General Garcia
- Danger Lights (1930) as Tom Johnson
- The Lash (1930) as Don Mariana Delfine
- The Way of All Men (1930) Swift
- Swing High (1930)
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- Robert Edeson at IMDb
- Robert Edeson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Robert Edeson at Find a Grave
- a young Robert Edeson on the cover of THE THEATRE magazine September 1905