Vince Edwards Biography (1928-)

Born Vincente Edwardo Zoino, July 7, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Vincente and Julia Zoino; married Kathy Kersh, June 13, 1965 (divorced, October 1965);married Linda Ann Foster, 1967 (marriage ended); married wife, Cassandra (anactress), 1980; children: one daughter (first marriage). Addresses: AGENT--Lillian Micelli, Diamond Artists, Ltd., 9200 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 909, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Born Vincente Eduardo Zoino, July 7 (some sources say July 9), 1928, in Brooklyn, NY; died of pancreatic cancer, March 11, 1996, in Los Angeles, CA. Actor, singer, director, author. Edwards rose to celebrity status when he was castto appear in the title role of the 1960s television series Ben Casey. His portrayal as an idealistic surgeon who had no patience for bureaucratic red tape is said to have inspired depictions of similar doctors in shows like ER. Edwards and his siblings, including his twin brother, Anthony, grew up in New York City. He pursued sports, eventually training for the Olympics, but switched to acting after an appendectomy. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and found work in stage productions such as High Button Shoes. He then signed on with Paramount and was featured in gangster and other tough-guyroles. Among his film credits are The Hired Gun, Murder By Contract, City ofFear, I Am a Camera, and Three Faces of Eve. After appearing on Ben Casey anddirecting several episodes, he continued to make film appearances and triedanother television series in the 1970s called Matt Lincoln. In 1979 he filmedMission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, which he coscripted and directed. He also wrote the script for the 1973 television movie Maneater, which he directed. During his career, Edwards directed episodes of shows such as The Hardy Boys Mysteries, David Cassidy--Man Undercover, B. J. and the Bear, Battlestar Galactica, Police Story, and Fantasy Island. An accomplished singer, he recorded six albums and appeared at clubs in Las Vegas, New York, and elsewhere.

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July 7, 1928
Brooklyn, New York, United States

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