Anthony Edwards is a popular American actor who rose to fame with his role as Dr. Mark Greene in a worldwide hit series called ER.
He had starred in many movies like Revenge of the Nerds, Northern Exposure and Top Gun.
He is the winner of many awards and is respected for his work ethic and honesty.
He was born as Anthony Charles Edwards on July 16, 1962, in the city of Santa Barbara, located in California, in the United States.
He was born into a highly educated family with his mother Erika being a landscape painter and his father working long hours as an architect.
He never developed a deep emotional relationship with his father and he missed it in his childhood.
Anthony is of Irish descent and he grew up alongside his sisters Ann-Marie and Heidi. He also had two brothers named Peter and Jeffrey, both elder than him which means that he is the youngest sibling in the family.
He discovered his passion for acting very early but his parents motivated him to go to college first.
He soon received a scholarship from the English Royal Academy and he began his acting studies at Southern California University.
However, he never finished college because he was soon recognized as a great talent and began getting offers to act and support himself by acting.
One of his first roles was in a TV series titled “It Takes Two” where he starred alongside Helen Hunt who was his sister in the series.
In 1982, he shortly appeared in a movie titled “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”.
Two years later he appeared in a comedy movie called “Revenge of the Nerds”. He gained huge popularity through his role of Gilbert Lowe and he later shortly appeared in its sequel.
He wasn’t very much represented in it because he broke his leg and couldn’t film a lot of scenes.
His next role brought him huge fame. He played a pilot named “Goose” in a famous movie called “Top Gun” and he gained a huge fanbase after this movie.
In 1988 he appeared as a patient in a movie named “Hawks” where he starred alongside Timothy Dalton. This role was also noticed by critics.
Anthony also starred in a comedy titled “Gotcha!” where he played the role of a college student.
In 1990 he appeared in a movie titled Downtown, with Forest Whitaker and Penelope Miller as his co-stars. He became good friends with Forrest Whitaker and they even wanted to make movies together.
In 1992 he fulfilled his dream by acting in a horror movie “Pet Sematary II”, a sequel of the same-named movie from 1988.
From 1992 until 1993 he appeared in many episodes of a very famous TV series called “Northern Exposure”.
1994 brought a huge change in his life with his new role as Dr. Mark Greene in a medical series called ER.
ER was a very long-running series that became one of the most viewed series of a decade. He starred in it for eight seasons, until 2002.
This series was special to him not only because of his acting but also because he was given the possibility to direct it and show his skills in that area too.
He became a huge fan of directing and wanted to turn his attention to that area so he decided to leave the series that made him world-famous.
He was one of the highest-paid actors in ER and had earned around $10 million per season. This brought him financial security which made it possible for him to stay at home with his children and leave work for almost a decade. It was something his father never would have done.
He decided to take some time with his family and be with his children while they were growing up so he didn’t do any major projects or got involved in movie shootings.
His work in the ER hasn’t been unnoticed so he became a proud winner of a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.
He has won six Screen Actors Guild Awards all together and is very proud of this achievement.
As a producer of a rock documentary movie titled “N.Y.H.C.”, he received a Daytime Emmy Award.
In 2001 he produced “My Louisiana Sky” which also gained him an award.
In 2007 he appeared in a role of a police inspector who was trying to catch a serial killer nicknamed Zodiac Killer. The movie was directed by David Fincher.
In 2008, he reprised his role as Dr. Greene in ER, in an episode which had many flashback scenes in it.
In 2010 he starred in a movie called “Motherhood” which was a huge bust and was one of the biggest loses that year.
In 2013 he began acting in a TV series called “Zero Hour” but the series had very poor ratings and was soon canceled.
He liked giving his voice to animated movie characters so he voiced a fighter jet Echo in Disney’s movie “Planes” and to a pirate in “Blaze and the Monster Machines”.
In 2017 he gained the role of a judge on the famous “Law & Order” series. He starred as judge Stanley Weisberg in six episodes of the series.
In 2018, he entered the third season of Netflix’s series “Designated Survivor” as one of the lead characters. He plays the role of Mars Harper, the Chief of Staff of the White House.
He also began working on Kenny Leon’s Broadway show, a revival of “Children of a Lesser God” by Mark Medoff and was extremely happy about it since it was a long time he committed himself to a project.
As for his personal life, he was in a long marriage with Jeanine Lobell which lasted until 2015.
They got married in 1994 and have four children together. His wife founded her own business and a cosmetic line which later brought her huge income.
Before entering the marriage with Jeanine he was known to be dating Meg Ryan in 1986/87. They have met during filming the famous “Top Gun”.
The pair even started living together but the relationship ended although Anthony proposed her several times.
Anthony is involved in a lot of charitable work and he tries to help communities that need it.
He is a chairman of a non-profit organization named Shoe4Africa and had also helped in collecting funds for building a children’s hospital in Africa.
He has a big passion for planes and he received his pilot license in 2012.
He is also the Vice-chairman of an organization called 1in6 which helps sexually abused men to overcome their pain and live happier lives.
He discovered that he was sexually abused as a teenager by a producer Gary Goddard and that it changed him completely.
He publically shared this in his essay published in 2017 and explained all of this happened at the beginning of his career and that he wasn’t the only young actor going through this.
He claimed that he was very easy to manipulate in that period of his life because his father was always emotionally unavailable which left Anthony developing a need to get the approval of other male role models.
Anthony claimed that he was molested but that one of his friends was especially wounded and it went on for years. The boys kept it quiet because of the shame and fear.
Full name: Anthony Charles Edwards
Date of birth: July 16, 1962
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Profession: actor, producer, director
Height: 1,88 m
Weight: 87 kg
Net Worth: $40 million