Vince Edwards


Actor
Vince Edwards

About

Also Known As
Vincent Edward Zoino Iii, Vincent Edwards
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
July 09, 1928
Died
March 12, 1996
Cause of Death
Pancreatic Cancer

Biography

Stiffly handsome leading man of some 50s features, but mostly remembered as Dr. Ben Casey, neurosurgeon, on "Ben Casey," an ABC series which aired from 1961-66, Vince Edwards spent his post-Casey career fighting off the image of the brooding, caring doctor who broke a minor TV taboo when he unbuttoned his frock and revealed a forest of chest hair. Edwards had originally dreamed of swimmi...

Photos & Videos

Cell 2455, Death Row - Lobby Card Set
Rogue Cop - Lobby Card Set
City of Fear - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Linda Winter
Wife
Designer. Divorced.
Janet Edwards
Wife
Third wife; married 1994.

Biography

Stiffly handsome leading man of some 50s features, but mostly remembered as Dr. Ben Casey, neurosurgeon, on "Ben Casey," an ABC series which aired from 1961-66, Vince Edwards spent his post-Casey career fighting off the image of the brooding, caring doctor who broke a minor TV taboo when he unbuttoned his frock and revealed a forest of chest hair. Edwards had originally dreamed of swimming in the Olympics, but when an appendectomy put a damper on those dreams he turned to acting. He made his Broadway debut in 1947 in "High Button Shoes." By 1951, he was under contract to Paramount in Hollywood and made his debut in a low-budget programmer, "Mr. Universe," playing a wrestler being groomed as the "new find." Hollywood casting practices put him in a version of the Native American legend "Hiawatha" (1952). But his subsequent film roles were of the supporting variety in the 50s, including a small one in "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Having begun appearing on TV dramas in the mid-50s, including "Ford Theatre" (1955), Edwards was ripe for a series when "Ben Casey" came his way in 1961. He had been picked by the show's executive producer and owner, Bing Crosby. The same year ABC premiered "Casey," NBC premiered the TV version of "Dr. Kildare" and viewers debated their preference for the five years both were on the air. "Ben Casey" was often grittier, dealing with the poignancy of life and death. Edwards also became one of the first TV stars to step behind the cameras, directing about 20 of the 154 "Ben Casey" episodes produced. And he used the show to launch a singing career, recording six albums, including "Vince Edwards Sings," and playing Las Vegas. But the demise of the series temporarily stymied his career, as if often the case as the audience searches for a new face. In 1964, Edwards appeared in the first 20 minutes of Carl Foreman's oddly-structured feature "The Victors," and in 1968, he was helping William Holden create a commando force in "The Devil's Brigade," but the period in between roles increased. Edwards turned back to TV in 1970 playing a hip psychiatrist working with teens in the one-season series "Matt Lincoln." He also made his TV movie debut in "Sole Survivor" for ABC. In 1973, he directed the CBS TV movie "Maneater" and he had strong roles in two TV movies of the decade, "The Rhinemann Exchange," in which he was a general gathering information from a spying Stephen Collins (NBC, 1977), and "Evening in Byzantium" (1978), one of the first syndicated TV movies. But Edwards found himself less in demand in the 80s. An old friend, manager-producer Jay Bernstein, hired Edwards to co-star in the 1986 TV movie "The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" and Edwards went on to direct episodes of the "Mike Hammer" series for CBS as well as episodes of "Fantasy Island," "Police Story," and "In The Heat of the Night." In 1988, he made the syndicated TV movie "The Return of Ben Casey," playing the stalwart doctor as having been in Vietnam, married and divorced. He died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on March 13, 1996.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1990)
Director
Maneater (1973)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Fear (1995)
Jailbreakers (1994)
Mr Norton
The Nutty Nut (1992)
Motorama (1991)
Dillinger (1991)
J Edgar Hoover
To Die For 2: Son of Darkness (1991)
The Gumshoe Kid (1990)
Ben Sherman
Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure (1989)
Cellar Dweller (1988)
Return to Horror High (1987)
Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1986)
Texas Sno-Line (1985)
Steve King
The Fix (1983)
Frank Lane
Deal Of The Century (1983)
Frank Stryker
Space Raiders (1983)
The Seduction (1981)
Maxwell
The Courage and the Passion (1978)
Colonel Joe Agajanian
Cover Girls (1977)
Bradner
Death Stalk (1975)
Jack Trahey
Firehouse (1973)
The Mad Bomber (1973)
Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971)
The Desperados (1969)
David Galt
Hammerhead (1968)
Charles Hood
The Devil's Brigade (1968)
Maj. Cliff Bricker
The Victors (1963)
Baker
Too Late Blues (1962)
Tommy
The Outsider (1961)
George
City of Fear (1959)
Vince Reicher, also known as Vince Justin
The Scavengers (1959)
Stuart Allison
Island Women (1958)
Mike
Murder By Contract (1958)
Claude
Ride Out for Revenge (1957)
Little Wolf
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Soldier
Hit and Run (1957)
Frank
The Hired Gun (1957)
Serenade (1956)
Marco Roselli
The Killing (1956)
Val Cannon
Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)
Hamilton
The Night Holds Terror (1955)
Victor Gosset
Rogue Cop (1954)
[Joey] Langley
Sailor Beware (1952)
Blayden
Hiawatha (1952)
Hiawatha
Mister Universe (1951)
Mister Universe (Tommy Tomkins)

Writer (Feature Film)

Maneater (1973)
From Story
Maneater (1973)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Courage and the Passion (1978)
Executive Producer

Cast (Special)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
Surviving a Heart Attack (1988)
You Are the Jury (1986)
Detective Lieutenant Philip Lombardo
National Off-The-Wall People's Poll (1984)
Saga of Sonora (1973)

Cast (Short)

The Lion Roars Again (1975)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Wrong Number (1989)
General Daniel T Donovan
The Return of Ben Casey (1988)
Dr Ben Casey
Evening in Byzantium (1978)

Life Events

1947

Made Broadway acting debut in "High Button Shoes"

1951

Signed to contract by Paramount; made film debut in "Mr. Universe"

1955

Began working in TV with "Ford Theatre"

1961

Starred as "Ben Casey"; also directed 20 episodes of series

1970

Made TV movie debut in "Sole Survivor"

1977

Starred in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC)

1988

Put stethoscope back on for "The Return of Ben Casey"

Photo Collections

Cell 2455, Death Row - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Cell 2455, Death Row (1955), starring William Campbell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Rogue Cop - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Rogue Cop (1954), starring Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, and Anne Francis. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
City of Fear - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from City of Fear (1959), starring Vince Edwards. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Family

Vincent Edward Zoino
Father
Bricklayer.
Anthony Zoino
Brother
Twin of Vince.
Nicole Edwards
Daughter
From first marriage.
Angela Edwards
Daughter
From first marriage.
Devera Edwards
Daughter
From first marriage.

Companions

Linda Winter
Wife
Designer. Divorced.
Janet Edwards
Wife
Third wife; married 1994.

Bibliography