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Also Known As: Anthony Charles Edwards Died:
Born: July 19, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Barbara, California, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, documentarian

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Whether he was playing a physician with perfect bedside manners, a goofy college nerd, or a charming naval aviator, Anthony Edwards always delivered performances that were full of wit, warmth and genuine emotion that even the most jaded viewer could not resist. After he ingratiated himself as one of Hollywood's loveable, go-to geeks in films such as the classic teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984), and "The Sure Thing" (1985), his innate comic flair and endearing presence managed to steal every scene from Tom Cruise in the blockbuster hit "Top Gun" (1986), where Edwards portrayed the easygoing yet ill-fated fighter jet pilot, Goose. Though some wrote him off as simply the goofball sidekick, Edwards proved the doubters wrong years later when he took a more serious turn and landed his most accomplished role - that of Dr. Mark Greene - on the long-running medical drama series "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). As one of the head doctors working in a hectic emergency room alongside such heavy hitters as Noah Wyle and George Clooney, Edwards as Greene exemplified the qualities of a true leader, and established himself as one of television's most compelling and enduring...

Whether he was playing a physician with perfect bedside manners, a goofy college nerd, or a charming naval aviator, Anthony Edwards always delivered performances that were full of wit, warmth and genuine emotion that even the most jaded viewer could not resist. After he ingratiated himself as one of Hollywood's loveable, go-to geeks in films such as the classic teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984), and "The Sure Thing" (1985), his innate comic flair and endearing presence managed to steal every scene from Tom Cruise in the blockbuster hit "Top Gun" (1986), where Edwards portrayed the easygoing yet ill-fated fighter jet pilot, Goose. Though some wrote him off as simply the goofball sidekick, Edwards proved the doubters wrong years later when he took a more serious turn and landed his most accomplished role - that of Dr. Mark Greene - on the long-running medical drama series "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). As one of the head doctors working in a hectic emergency room alongside such heavy hitters as Noah Wyle and George Clooney, Edwards as Greene exemplified the qualities of a true leader, and established himself as one of television's most compelling and enduring character actors.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Charlie's Ghost Story (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Food (2015)
3.
 Planes (2013)
4.
 Big Sur (2013)
5.
 Flipped (2010)
6.
 Motherhood (2009)
7.
 Zodiac (2007)
8.
9.
 Thunderbirds (2004) Brains
10.
 Forgotten, The (2004) Jim
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Milestones close milestones

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Toured California one summer as part of Santa Barbara Youth Theatre's production of "Peter Pan"
1981:
TV acting debut "The Killing of Randy Webster" (CBS)
1982:
Feature acting debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
1982:
TV series debut as regular, "It Takes Two" (ABC) playing the son of Patty Duke Astin and Richard Crenna
1984:
First leading role in a feature, the comedy "Revenge of the Nerds"
1986:
Breakthrough role as Maverick's (played by Tom Cruise) loyal sidekick Goose in "Top Gun"
1987:
Reprised role as Gilbert for "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise"
1988:
Appeared as a terminally ill patient in "Hawks" alongside Timothy Dalton
1990:
Co-starred in "Downtown" with Penelope Ann Miller and Forest Whitaker
1992:
Cast in a recurring role on the CBS series, "Northern Exposure"
1994:
Feature directing debut, "Charlie's Ghost Story"
1994:
Played the regular role of Dr. Mark Greene on the NBC medical drama "ER"; also directed several episodes; earned four consecutive Emmy nominations from 1995-1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor
1997:
Formed production company, Aviator; signed three-year first-look deal with Warner Bros.
1997:
Co-executive produced and starred in the romantic comedy "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (released theatrically in 1999)
1998:
Appeared in the ensemble of "Playing By Heart"
2001:
Produced the Showtime original program "My Louisiana Sky"
2004:
Starred in "Thunderbirds" which is based on the cult British television show from the 1960s; directed by Jonathan Frakes
2004:
Played Julianne Moore's husband in the thriller "The Forgotten"
2007:
Played a San Francisco detective in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac"
2008:
Reprised the role of Dr. Greene (in flashback scenes) during the 15th and final season of "ER" (NBC)
2009:
Played Uma Thurman's absent-minded husband in the indie comedy, "Motherhood"
2010:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name
2010:
Executive produced the HBO biopic "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1980

Notes

"I just don't think it's in Anthony's nature to be vain . . . He accepts himself as he is. And that's so sexy, much sexier than those guys you see at the gym with the permanent tans and the capped teeth and the hair plugs. . . . He is superintelligent, funny, the warmest, most compassionate person, ever . . . Why didn't I marry him?" --Linda Fiorentino quoted in US, November 1996

"He reeks nice guy, but scratch that surface and there's a sardonic, sarcastic side--just like all of us." --Noah Wyle in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, December 9, 1994

"My whole thing has been persistance. More than anything, I just keep going. People say 'Top Gun' was my big break, but I had done four or five movies and TV stuff before that." --Anthony Edwards in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, December 9, 1994

"The nice thing about dying on television is that people seem genuinely happy to see you when they run into you at the grocery store."-Edwards Los Angeles Magazine November 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Meg Ryan. Actor. Met during filming of "Top Gun"; together 1986-88.
wife:
Jeanine Lobell. Makeup artist. Met on set of 1992's "Pet Semetary"; married September 1995 in Reno, Nevada; mother of Edwards' two children; born c. 1963.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Edwards. Architect.
mother:
Erika Plack. Artist.
sister:
Heidi Edwards. Born in March 1952.
brother:
Peter Ross Edwards. Born in October 1953.
brother:
Jeffrey Edwards. Born in February 1956.
sister:
Annamaria Edwards. Born in July 1958.
son:
Bailey Edwards. Born in January 1994; mother, Jeanine Lobell.
daughter:
Esme Edwards. Born in January 1997; mother, Jeanine Lobell.
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