Born November 5, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY; died of emphysema, July 21, 1996, inWoodland Hills, CA. Actor. Edelman gained prominence on stage and screen as aveteran character actor, typically playing a New Yorker. He attended Brooklyn College and Cornell University before making his Broadway debut in the 1963production of Lorenzo. His other stage appearances include Bajour and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad. He appeared on stage and screen in productions of Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.He made his first appearance on television as Uncle Harry in NBC's Occasional Wife. He starred in several television series, including The Good Guys, St.Elsewhere, and Murder She Wrote. He was nominated for an Emmy for his role in The Golden Girls. His other film credits include In Like Flint, The Front Page, California Suite, The Yakuza, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, and The Way We Were.