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Vince Edwards

Vince Edwards (1928- 1996) was an American actor, director, and singer. Born Vincent Edward Zoino in Brooklyn, New York, he was a star of his high school swim team who went on to study at Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship. There, he was part of the university's swim team that won the United States National Championships.

Zoino studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and in 1950 he was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures, making his film debut as Vince Edwards in 1951's Mr. Universe. Although he had major or lead roles in several films, including the 1958 film noir, Murder by Contract, it was not until he starred as the title character on the highly successful Ben Casey television series that he achieved a real level of stardom. The medical drama show, which he occasionally directed, ran from 1961 to 1966 and as a result of his popularity, Edwards released several music albums that met with reasonable success.

When the television series ended, Edwards returned to acting in motion pictures with a major role in the 1968 war drama, The Devil's Brigade. He continued to act in film as well as in guest spots on television plus he directed a number of episodes in a variety of television series.

Vince Edwards made his last film in 1995 after which he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away in Los Angeles, California the following year and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Vince Edwards Facts

Birth NameVincent Edward Zoino
OccupationActor, Director, Musician
BirthdayJuly 7, 1928
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Date of deathMarch 11, 1996 (age 67)

Selected Filmography

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