- This article is about the American actor. For the British academic see A.W.F. Edwards. Anthony Edwards is also a footballer for Macclesfield Town; For the football player of the same name see Anthony Edwards (football player)
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
, the son of Erika Plack (née
Weber), an artist/landscape painter, and Peter Edwards, an architect
. He has two older sisters, Heidi and Annamarie, and two older brothers, Peter and Jeffrey. Edwards was encouraged by his parents to attend college before pursuing his interest in acting. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England and studied theater at University of Southern California
but by age 19 was offered enough acting work that he left college.
Edwards' early work includes a co-starring role in the TV series, "It Takes Two" with Richard Crenna and Patty Duke Astin as his parents and Helen Hunt as his sister. His first starring role was 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 LTJG
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 and popular in the film. He also appeared as a terminally ill patient in Hawks
(1988) alongside Timothy Dalton
, another role which brought him worldwide fame. He also starred in the 1990 movie "Downtown" with Penelope Ann Miller
and Forest Whitaker
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. The series also afforded Edwards his first opportunity to direct. Edwards' desire to pursue directing led to his request to be written out of the series and in a touching and emotional storyline, his character died of 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 to date. 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. Edwards will be reprising his role of Dr. Greene (in flashback scenes) during the November 13th episode of ER's 15th and final season.
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.
Edwards has been married to Jeanine Lobell
since 1994, and they have one son, Bailey, and three daughters: Esme, Poppy, and Wallis. He left ER
so he could spend more time with his family. He lives in New York City and is currently doing philanthropical work in Africa.