Robert Edeson

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Robert Edeson
Born(1868-06-03)June 3, 1868
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 1931(1931-03-24) (aged 62)
Hollywood, California, U.S. [1]
Years active1912–1931

Robert Edeson (June 3, 1868 – March 24, 1931) was an American movie and stage actor of the silent era.

Edeson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of manager and actor George R. Edeson.[2] After working as treasurer of the Park Theatre in Brooklyn,[3] he initially acted in New York in 1887[4] in a production of Fascination.[3] He debuted on Broadway in Marriage (1896). His last Broadway appearance was in The World We Live In (1922).[5]

Edeson received his first boost in films in 1914 when he starred in the Cecil B. DeMille directed film, The Call of the North (1914).

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).[4]

His third wife was the former Aida Banker.[6]

On March 24, 1931, Edeson died at his home in Hollywood. He was 62 years old.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Fathers of Men (1916)
Year Title Role
1930 The Way of All Men Swift
The Lash Don Mariana Delfine
Danger Lights Tom Johnson
A Devil with Women General Garcia
Pardon My Gun Pa Martin
1929 Romance of the Rio Grande Don Fernando
Dynamite Wise Fool
1928 Walking Back Edgar Thatcher
Beware of Blondes Costigan
A Ship Comes In Judge Gresham
1927 Altars of Desire John Sutherland
Chicago William Flynn
1926 The Blue Eagle Chaplain Regan
The Clinging Vine T. M. Bancroft
The Volga Boatman Prince Nikita
1925 Locked Doors Norman Carter
The Golden Bed Amos Thompson
Men and Women Israel Cohen
The Prairie Pirate Don Esteban
1924 Thy Name Is Woman The Commadante
Triumph Samuel Overton
Men Henri Duval
Welcome Stranger Eb Hooker
Feet of Clay Dr. Fergus Lansell
1923 The Ten Commandments Inspector Redding
To the Last Man Gaston Isbel
The Silent Partner Ralph Coombes
The Tie That Binds Charles Dodge
1922 Sure Fire Flint Anthony De Lanni
The Prisoner of Zenda Colonel Zapta
Foolish Wives Andrew J. Hughes
1921 Extravagance Richard Vane
1915 The Caveman Hanlick Smagg
On the Night Stage Austin
The Absentee Nathaniel Crosby
1914 The Call of the North Ned Stewart
1913 The Paymaster's Son The Paymaster's Son


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  2. ^ Leslie, Frank (1902). "Robert Edeson". Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. Frank Leslie Publishing House: 590. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Briscoe, Johnson (1908). The actors' birthday book: First -third series. An authoritative insight into the lives of the men and women of the stage born between January first and December thirty-first. Moffat, Yard and Company. p. 133. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Liebman, Roy (2017). Broadway Actors in Films, 1894–2015. McFarland. p. 81. ISBN 9781476626154. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Robert Edeson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b Hennessy, Duane (March 25, 1931). "Death Rings Down Curtain Upon Hero of Stage and Film After Futile Battle Against Illness". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press. p. 3. Retrieved April 16, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read

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