Vince Edwards

Actor, Singer, TV director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

The Fear 1995 (Movie)

Uncle Pete (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1989, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1986 - 1989, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Motorama 1993 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The Nutty Nut 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dillinger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & Ten: Do It Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gumshoe Kid 1990 (Movie)

Ben Sherman (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

To Die For 2: Son of Darkness 1990 (Movie)

(uncredited) Police Honcho (Actor)

Wrong Number 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Punky Brewster 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Voice

Surviving a Heart Attack 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure 1988 (Movie)

Space Raider (Actor)

Cellar Dweller 1987 (Movie)

Meshelski (Actor)

Return to Horror High 1987 (Movie)

Richard Birnbaum (Actor)

You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Centurions -- PowerXtreme! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

National Off-The-Wall People's Poll 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Sno-Line 1985 (Movie)

Steve King (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Frank Stryker (Actor)

Space Raiders 1983 (Movie)

Hawk (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seduction 1980 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Firehouse 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Saga of Sonora 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Lincoln 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Bomber 1971 (Movie)

Geronimo Minelli (Actor)

Sole Survivor 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desperados 1969 (Movie)

David Galt (Actor)

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Major Cliff Bricker (Actor)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

Baker (Actor)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

City of Fear 1958 (Movie)

Vince Ryker (Actor)

Murder By Contract 1958 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Undercurrent 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride Out For Revenge 1957 (Movie)

Little Wolf (Actor)

The Hired Gun 1957 (Movie)

Kell Beldon (Actor)

Serenade 1956 (Movie)

Marco Roselli (Actor)

The Killing 1956 (Movie)

Val Cannon (Actor)

The Night Holds Terror 1955 (Movie)

Victor Gosset (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Langley (Actor)

Cover Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Death Stalk (TV Show)

Actor

Dial Hot Line (TV Show)

Actor

Evening in Byzantium (TV Show)

Actor

Jailbreakers (TV Show)

Actor

The Courage and the Passion (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Ben Casey (TV Show)

Actor
Director (3)

In the Heat of the Night 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Maneater 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

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.

Relationships

Janet Edwards

Wife
third wife married 1994

Angela Edwards

Daughter
from first marriage

Devera Edwards

Daughter
from first marriage

Nicole Edwards

Daughter
from first marriage

Linda Winter

Wife
divorced

Vincent Zoino

Father

Anthony Zoino

Brother
twin of Vince

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio

University of Hawaii

Honolulu , Hawaii

Milestones

1988

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

1977

Starred in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC)

1969

Made TV movie debut in "Sole Survivor"

1961

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

1955

Began working in TV with "Ford Theatre"

1951

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

1947

Made Broadway acting debut in "High Button Shoes"

Turned to acting after an appendectomy ended dream of swimming in the Olympics

Returned to TV series as "Matt Lincoln"

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