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Overview (4)

Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameVincent Edward Zoine
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born in Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrant parents, Vince Edwards early aspired to the theater. He was a swimming champion in high school, attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship, and was on their National Championship swimming team. Olympics were on the horizon, but an appendicitis operation cut short his swimming career. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then became a contract actor at Paramount Pictures in the early 1950s. In the 1960s he reached his popular peak as the brilliant but confrontational young Dr. Casey in the television series Ben Casey (1961)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Vince Edwards aspired to the arts and theater at an early age. He also found time to become a swimming champion in New York State, and he won scholarship to the Ohio State University. He was on its national championship swimming team, but a budding stint in the Summer Olympic Gamnes was cut short by an appendectomy.

After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Edwards became a contract actor for Paramount Pictures. He also appeared on the New York stage in the 1940s and began his television career in the 1950s. His most memorable television role was as the title character in the ABC series Ben Casey (1961). Edwards also directed a number of Ben Casey (1961) episodes as well as being an actor in many episodes of other TV series. During the 1960s Edwards recorded six record albums, and he performed in sold-out shows in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (4)

Janet Friedman (7 November 1994 - 11 March 1996) (his death)
Cassandra Edwards (1980 - ?) (divorced)
Linda Foster (6 August 1967 - 1972) (divorced) (2 children)
Kathy Kersh (13 June 1965 - 1965) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

He has a twin brother, Bob Zoino.
Discovered by Bing Crosby whose production company made Ben Casey (1961)
Possessed of a pleasant, light tenor voice, he recorded half a dozen albums for Decca records at the height of his Ben Casey (1961) popularity, the first of which, "Vincent Edwards Sings," spent several weeks on the top-20 Billboard LP charts in early 1962.
Bo Jackson was named after him.
Declined the part of "The Doctor" in Airplane! (1980).
Production of Hammerhead (1968) was held up for a few weeks when he broke his heel bone, according to David Prowse on his website. Most of his standing, walking and running scenes were done by his double.
He lost a month-long struggle against pancreatic cancer on the night of March 11, 1996, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized for 11 days.

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