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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 4 December 1934Santa Barbara, California, USA
Date of Death 15 June 1989Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameVictor Edwin French
Nickname Uncle Eddie
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Victor French was the son of a stuntman. His debut was a small role in Lassie (1954), uncredited. He had his first real acting experiences in western-films, where he usually played the "bad guy" due to his rather gruff look. This changed with Little House on the Prairie (1974), (as Isaiah Edwards). In 1977, he left Little House on the Prairie (1974) to play in his own sitcom Carter Country (1977), which lasted for two seasons. French then teamed up again with Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven (1984), as (Mark Gordon). French, along with Leonard Nimoy, founded LA's "Company of Angels", one of the area's earliest attempts to establish LA as a type of "Off-Broadway-West Coast". Its limited seating arrangement (99 seats) served as the prototype of LA's Equity-Waiver code. After he left the company in the mid 1970s, he went on to teach acting privately. He was well sought-after, and it became apparent that he had to take students on "by referral only". His philosophy and style was gentle and encouraging to young actors just entering the field. He directed in LA Theaters and won the Critics Circle Award for "12 Angry Men." In the 1980s, he declined to play "bad guys." Victor French died 1989 after finishing the last episode of Highway to Heaven (1984).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Thorsten Scheffner

Spouse (2)

Julie Cobb (14 March 1976 - 23 May 1978) (divorced)
Judith Schenz (9 January 1959 - 3 July 1975) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Son of actor Ted French, grandson of Charles A. French.
Inducted (as a cast member of Little House on the Prairie (1974)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998.
Like his friend Michael Landon, he was a chain smoker.
Was not diagnosed with lung cancer until May 1989, by which time it was too advanced.
Former son-in-law of Lee J. Cobb, by his marriage to Julie Cobb.
At his funeral in 1989, his humorous farewell for friends and family was "Eat Shit, Love Victor," a message displayed overhead by an airplane.
Victor French is the great uncle to TV/film actress Kristin M. Meade and was her inspiration to follow in his footsteps. Kristin always knew Victor as "Uncle Eddie" because of his role in Little House as Mr. Edwards, the town's silly wisecracking drunk.

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