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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, musician, composer

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Former downtown New York musician turned character actor whose quirky, understated debut as a lead in Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984) led to supporting roles in film and TV. Often playing fringe New Yorkers, Edson's likable, homely mug befits characters that range from a nervous military sycophant to an amiable pizzaman to a fast-talking talent agent. He appeared in another hip NYC feature, Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), before enjoying a memorable small part in John Hughes's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) as a joy-riding parking lot attendant. Edson went on to appear in "Platoon" (1986), "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), and "Eight Men Out" (1989) before making his strongest impression in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989) as Vito, the more sympathetic of Danny Aiello's two sons. He appeared in three films in 1993: "Posse," in a bit part; "Super Mario Bros.," as a reptilian baddie; and in the title role of the independently produced comedy "Joey Breaker."

Former downtown New York musician turned character actor whose quirky, understated debut as a lead in Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984) led to supporting roles in film and TV. Often playing fringe New Yorkers, Edson's likable, homely mug befits characters that range from a nervous military sycophant to an amiable pizzaman to a fast-talking talent agent. He appeared in another hip NYC feature, Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), before enjoying a memorable small part in John Hughes's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) as a joy-riding parking lot attendant. Edson went on to appear in "Platoon" (1986), "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), and "Eight Men Out" (1989) before making his strongest impression in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989) as Vito, the more sympathetic of Danny Aiello's two sons. He appeared in three films in 1993: "Posse," in a bit part; "Super Mario Bros.," as a reptilian baddie; and in the title role of the independently produced comedy "Joey Breaker."

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 Dark Hearts (2011)
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 Black Dynamite (2009)
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 Momma's Man (2008)
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 Vicious Circle (2008)
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 Hard Scrambled (2006)
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 Kid & I, The (2005)
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 Frankenfish (2004)
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Spent years attending various colleges around the country
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Spent some time in the early 1980s in the San Francisco music scene
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Worked as a professional musician, playing trumpet and percussion for NYC-based acts Lydia Lunch, Forces of Love, Konk
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Left Sonic Youth after playing drums on their first album
1982:
Composed the score for New York-based independent filmmakers Beth and Scott B.'s "Vortex"
1984:
Made acting debut in a leading role in Jim Jarmusch's feature, "Stranger Than Paradise"
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Composed the music for the Montreal premiere of "Fiction", a mixed-media theatrical presentation by Bernard Herbert
1989:
Made TV debut in the NBC-TV movie pilot, "Shannon's Deal", written by John Sayles
1990:
TV series debut as a regular in "Shannon's Deal"
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Notes

Edson plays drums with a Los Angeles-based band called Tarantula.

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