ANTHONY EDWARDS Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Anthony Charles Edwards                                                           
Born: 19 July 1962 Santa Barbara, California                                           
Anthony Charles Edwards (born July 19, 1962) is an Emmy Award-winning                   
American actor and director. He has appeared in various movies and television           
shows, including Top Gun, Revenge of the Nerds, Northern Exposure and ER.               
Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Erika Plack (née Weber),     
an artist/landscape painter, and Peter Edwards, an architect. He has two               
older brothers, Jeffrey and Peter Ross, and two older sisters, Annamaria and           
Heidi. Edwards was encouraged by his parents to follow his interest in acting.         
He studied acting at the University of Southern California but left before             
graduating when parts were offered to him.                                             
Edwards had his first starring role in the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds as         
Gilbert Lowell, though he had a tiny part in the 1982 film Fast Times at               
Ridgemont High, credited as "stoner Bud". It was his role as Lt. (j.g.) Nick "Goose"   
Bradshaw alongside Tom Cruise in the 1986 film Top Gun that brought his first           
widespread public acknowledgement. His character, who died in an aviation               
accident, was among the most prominent in the film. He also appeared as a               
terminally ill patient in Hawks (1988) alongside Timothy Dalton, another role           
which brought him worldwide fame.                                                       
His best known role to date is as Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running TV series         
ER, where he resided from its premiere in 1994 to the end of the 8th season in         
2002. In a touching and emotional storyline, his main character passes away from       
brain cancer. He reportedly earned $35,000,000 for three seasons on ER. His ER         
paycheck made him one of the highest paid television actors of all time. Anthony       
Edwards and his former co-star George Clooney, were the ones who suggested doing       
an episode of ER live. The fourth season premiere, "Ambush" was performed               
live twice with an East Coast and West Coast version.                                   
Although he never won, Edwards was nominated four times for an Emmy For                 
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Despite not winning an Emmy, Edwards         
has his share of awards under his belt. He won a Golden Globe Award For Best           
Performance by an Actor-In a TV Series after being nominated four times, and he         
has two Screen Actor's Guild Awards.                                                   
In 2007, Edwards appeared in David Fincher's Zodiac, about the Zodiac Killer,           
the notorious serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s.