Richard Edson

Actor, Musician, Composer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1953 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (79)

3 Holes and a Smoking Gun 2014 (Movie)

Sam Dunkim (Actor)

Dark Hearts 2014 (Movie)


A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III 2013 (Movie)

Sanchez (Actor)

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)


Harlem Aria 2010 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Dino (Actor)

Momma's Man 2008 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Choppie Miller (Actor)

Vicious Circle 2007 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Hard Scrambled 2006 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

The Kid & I 2005 (Movie)

Guy Prince (Actor)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

Monix (Actor)

Southlander 2003 (Movie)


Apartment No. 5c 2002 (Movie)


Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Steve Tregaskis (Actor)

A Man is Mostly Water 2001 (Movie)


Civil Wars 1992 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Gideon's Crossing 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


I am Josh Polonski's Brother 2001 (Movie)

Abe Polonski (Actor)

L.A. Law 1992 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Nash Bridges 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Snide and Prejudice 2001 (Movie)

Hess (Actor)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Edsel Farkus (Actor)

Timecode 2000 (Movie)

Lester Moore (Actor)

Bricks 1999 (Movie)


The Shade 1999 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Goodnight, Joseph Parker 1998 (Movie)


Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Dave Reilly--Band Member No 2 (Actor)

Things I Never Told You 1998 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Scorpion Spring 1997 (Movie)

Lem Wells (Actor)

This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

American Gothic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Intimate Betrayal 1996 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 (Movie)

Gage (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Jury Duty 1995 (Movie)

Skeets (Actor)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Tick (Actor)

Love, Cheat & Steal 1994 (Movie)

Billy Quale (Actor)

Joey Breaker 1993 (Movie)

Joey Breaker (Actor)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

Bad Love 1992 (Movie)


Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

Mitchell (Actor)

Eyes of An Angel 1991 (Movie)

Goon (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

What About Me 1991 (Movie)


Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Johnny Crackow (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Vito (Actor)

Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

Johnny Casino (Actor)

Making "Do the Right Thing" 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shannon's Deal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


China Lake 1988 (Movie)

Connie Veesk (Actor)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Billy Mahard (Actor)

Tougher Than Leather 1988 (Movie)

Bernie (Actor)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

Private Abersold (Actor)

The Chair 1987 (Movie)

Riot Leader (Actor)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

Turley (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Garage Attendant (Actor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Ritchie (Actor)

Platoon 1986 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Man with Newspapers (Actor)

Stranger Than Paradise 1984 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

An Occasional Hell (TV Show)


Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)


Desperate But Not Serious (TV Show)


Double Tap (TV Show)


Frankenfish (TV Show)


Love, Cheat & Steal (TV Show)


Motorcycle Gang (TV Show)


Murder in High Places (TV Show)


Purgatory (TV Show)


Shannon's Deal (TV Show)


The Winner (TV Show)


Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

Music (1)

Vortex 1981 (Movie)



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".



TV series debut as a regular in "Shannon's Deal"


Made TV debut in the NBC-TV movie pilot, "Shannon's Deal", written by John Sayles


Made acting debut in a leading role in Jim Jarmusch's feature, "Stranger Than Paradise"


Composed the score for New York-based independent filmmakers Beth and Scott B.'s "Vortex"

Spent years attending various colleges around the country

Spent some time in the early 1980s in the San Francisco music scene

Composed the music for the Montreal premiere of "Fiction", a mixed-media theatrical presentation by Bernard Herbert

Worked as a professional musician, playing trumpet and percussion for NYC-based acts Lydia Lunch, Forces of Love, Konk

Left Sonic Youth after playing drums on their first album

Bonus Trivia


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


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