Anthony Edwards Biography

Film Actor, Television Actor (1962–)
Anthony Edwards is an award-winning actor, director and producer. He is best known for his roles in 'Revenge of the Nerds,' 'Top Gun,' and 'ER.'


Born on July 19, 1962, Anthony Edwards is an award-winning actor, and producer. His first lead role was as Gilbert Lowe in Revenge of the Nerds, which led to other big-named films such as Top Gun, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Pet Sematary II, and Zodiac. He landed a memorable TV role as Mike Monroe in Northern Exposure and his most notable as Dr. Mark Greene on ER, for which he won a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards. In 2010 he won an Emmy as executive producer for the TV movie Temple Grandin.

Early Life 

The youngest of five siblings, Anthony Edwards was born on July 19, 1962 in Santa Barbara, California. His mother was a landscape artist and his father an architect who encouraged him to act in his teens.

After taking workshops and appearing in commercials, Edwards studied acting at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year because his career was already in high demand. 


In 1982 he starred in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a year later, in Heart Like a Wheel. In 1984 he starred in one of his most memorable film roles as the nerd Gilbert in Revenge of the Nerds which spawned a sequel, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987). In 1986 he played Tom Cruise's ill-fated wingman, Goose, in Top Gun. Other films he appeared in were Miracle Mile (1988), How I Got Into College (1989), Pet Sematary II (1992), Delta Heat (1992), Thunderbirds (2004), and The Forgotten (2004).

In television, Edwards played Mike 'Bubble Man' Monroe in Northern Exposure in 1990 and three years later appeared on Showtime's Sexual Healing. In 1996 he played a cold-blooded killer in the TV movie remake of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. But his small screen role of a lifetime came in the form of Dr. Mark Greene on ER (1994), whose untimely death in Season 8 was a turning point for the series. His work on the hit show spawned four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  

Edwards' dedication on ER allowed him to direct some of the show's episodes, which in turn inspired him to work behind the scenes as a producer. Among the more recent shows he's produced are: the children's special Louisiana Sky (2001), for which he won a Carnegie Medal of Excellence and Emmy Award, the satirical comedy Die, Mommie, Die (2003), and the biopic Temple Grandin (2010), which scored him another Emmy Award. 

Among his latest projects, Edwards has guest starred in television shows like Zero Hour, Girls, and Blue Bloods and has done voiceover work for various animations. 

Personal Life

In 1994 Edwards married Jeanine Lobell, a makeup artist and founder of Stila Cosmetics. They have four children and live in New York City.

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