Anthony Edwards (actor)

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Anthony Edwards
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Edwards in 2018
Anthony Charles Edwards

(1962-07-19) July 19, 1962 (age 59)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1973–present
Jeanine Lobell
(m. 1994; div. 2015)

(m. 2021)

Anthony Charles Edwards (born July 19, 1962)[2] is an American actor and director.[3] He is known for his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the first eight seasons of ER, for which he received a Golden Globe award and six Screen Actors Guild Awards, and was nominated for four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards. He has appeared in various films and television series, including Top Gun, Zodiac, Miracle Mile, Revenge of the Nerds, Planes, Northern Exposure and Designated Survivor.

Early life

Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Erika Kem Edwards Plack (née Weber), an artist/landscape painter, and Peter Edwards, an architect to whom he was one of five children[4][5] His maternal grandfather was designer Kem Weber. He is partly of German and Irish descent. Edwards was encouraged by his parents to attend college before pursuing his interest in acting, which grew from the area's theater community.[6] He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England and studied theatre at University of Southern California;[7] but by the age of nineteen was being offered enough acting work to enable him to leave college.[citation needed]


Television and film

It was Edwards' role as LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw alongside Tom Cruise in the 1986 film Top Gun that brought his first widespread public acknowledgment.[8] His character, who died in an aviation accident, was among the most prominent and popular in the film.

Edwards' best-known role is as Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running TV series ER, from the series premiere in 1994 to the end of the eighth season in 2002. The series also afforded Edwards his first opportunity to direct. Edwards' desire to pursue directing led to his request to be written out of the series. He reportedly earned $35 million for three seasons on ER, which made him one of television's highest-paid actors.[9] Edwards received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for ER. He won a Golden Globe Award For Best Performance by an Actor-In a TV Series after being nominated four times and he has two Screen Actor's Guild Awards.[10] In 2008, Edwards returned to ER to reprise his role as Dr. Greene (in flashback scenes, where he treats the dying son of character Catherine Banfield) for one episode during its 15th and final season.[11] Following ER, he took some time to raise his children, appreciating the privilege that his ER salary provided.[12]

In 2010, Edwards appeared in the movie Motherhood, which set a record for the biggest bomb in British cinema history by garnering £88 on 11 tickets on opening weekend.[13] Motherhood did not fare much better in the United States, earning $93,388 in three weeks of release.[14] At the time, he said he took the role because "it seemed like a very organic and real thing. It really kind of reminded me of what the dynamic in a family is like."[15]

Edwards reunited with Val Kilmer, another actor from Top Gun, when he voiced one of the fighter jets in the Disneytoon Studios film Planes.[16]

In 2018, Edwards was cast in the recurring role in the third season of Netflix's Designated Survivor as Mars Harper, the President's Chief of Staff.[17]

In 2022, Edwards was cast as Alan Reed in Netflix’s docu-series Inventing Anna.[1]

Honors and awards

Edwards received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for ER and won as an executive producer on Outstanding Television Movie winner Temple Grandin. He earned a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series (1995);[11] and won six Screen Actors Guild Awards for: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1996 and 1998), and Best Ensemble Cast (1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999). He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama in 1998).[11]

Edwards also won a Daytime Emmy for the production of the underground rock documentary N.Y.H.C. (1999) and the telepic adaptation of Kimberly Willis Holt's 1998 coming of age novel My Louisiana Sky (2001),[18] and earned the Carnegie Medal Award for My Louisiana Sky (2003).[18]


After a long career in television, Edwards made his Broadway debut as his second act in 2018 in the revival of Children of a Lesser God at Studio 54.[10][12][19] In 2015 he appeared in Classic Stage Company's A Month in the Country but his stage acting career began when he was growing up in Santa Barbara.[6][20]

On May 13, 2022, Edwards made his unexpected Broadway musical debut when he appeared as Dr. Walker in the Broadway production of Girl from the North Country due to COVID-19 cases impacting the cast. The show also stars his wife, Mare Winningham.[21][22]

Personal life

Edwards was married to Jeanine Lobell, with whom he had one son and three daughters, from 1994–2015.[1][6] At the end of 2021, Edwards and long-time friend and fellow actor Mare Winningham eloped.[1][23][24]

On November 10, 2017, Edwards wrote an essay on Medium, in which he stated that screenwriter/producer Gary Goddard befriended and then sexually assaulted him and several of his friends "for years" beginning when they were 12 years old.[25][26]

Edwards has been a licensed private pilot since 2012.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Big Zapper Kono's Boy
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Stoner Bud
1983 Heart Like a Wheel John Muldowney (age 15-23)
1983 High School U.S.A. Bo Middleton (Age 18)
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Gilbert Lowe
1985 Gotcha! Jonathan Moore
1985 The Sure Thing Lance
1986 Top Gun Lt. (j.g.) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw
1987 Summer Heat Aaron
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise[28] Gilbert Lowe
1988 Hawks Deckermensky, 'Decker'
1988 Miracle Mile Harry Washello
1988 Mr. North Theophilus North
1989 How I Got into College Kip Hammett
1990 Downtown Alex Kearney
1992 Pet Sematary Two Chase Matthews
1992 Delta Heat Mike Bishop
1992 Landslide Bob Boyd
1993 Sexual Healing David Nominated — CableACE Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1994 The Client Clint Von Hooser
1994 Charlie's Ghost Story Dave
1998 Good Night, Gorilla Zookeeper (voice)
1998 Playing by Heart Roger
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Tony Dorfman
2000 The Island of the Skog Narrator (voice)
2001 Jackpot Tracy
2003 Northfork Happy
2004 Thunderbirds Ray "Brains" Hackenbacker
2004 The Forgotten Jim Paretta
2007 Zodiac Inspector William Armstrong
2009 Motherhood Avery Welsh
2010 Flipped Steven Loski
2012 Big Sur Lawrence Ferlinghetti
2013 Planes Echo (voice)
2015 Experimenter Miller
2015 Consumed Lab Scientist
2016 "My Dead Boyfriend"[29] Director
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Nick "Goose" Bradshaw Cameo
Archival footage


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Killing of Randy Webster Tommy Lee Swanson Television film
1981 Walking Tall Robbie Episode: "The Fire Within"
1982–1983 It Takes Two Andy Quinn Main role, 22 episodes
1983 High School U.S.A. Beau Middleton Television film
1984 Call to Glory Billy 1 episode
1985 Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story Bill Johnson Television film
1990 El Diablo Billy Ray Smith Television film
1990 Hometown Boy Makes Good Boyd Geary Television film
1992–1993 Northern Exposure Mike Monroe Recurring role, 10 episodes
1994–2002, 2008 ER Dr. Mark Greene Main role, 180 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1996, 1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–1999)
TV Land Award - Icon Award (2009)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1996–1997, 1999)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series (1995–98)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1997)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1997, 1999, 2001)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 2000–01)
Nominated — TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year in a Drama Series (2001)
1995 Saturday Night Live Host 1 episode
1996 In Cold Blood Dick Hickock Miniseries, 2 episodes
2001 Cursed Ricky 1 episode
2001 Frasier Tom 1 episode
2013 Zero Hour[30] Hank Galliston Main role, 10 episodes
2015 Girls Melvin Shapiro 1 episode
2015 Blue Bloods Owen Cairo[31] 1 episode
2016 Billions Judge Whit Wilcox 2 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Patrick Griffin 1 episode
2016 Drunk History Giles Allen 1 episode
2017 Law & Order True Crime Judge Stanley Weisberg Recurring role, 6 episodes
2019 Designated Survivor White House Chief of Staff Mars Harper Recurring role, 10 episodes
2022 Inventing Anna Alan Reed Miniseries, 5 episodes
2022 WeCrashed Bruce Dunlevie Miniseries, 7 episodes
TBA Tales of the Walking Dead Kyle Adler Upcoming series


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Executive producer
1999 Border Line Executive producer Television film
1999 N.Y.H.C. Executive producer
2001 My Louisiana Sky Executive producer Television film
Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video (2002)
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special (2002)
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Producer
2010 Temple Grandin Executive producer Television film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie (2010)


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