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Robert Edeson
Edeson in 1913
Born(1868-06-03)June 3, 1868
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 1931(1931-03-24) (aged 62)
Hollywood, California, U.S. [1]
Years active1912–1931

Robert Edeson (June 3, 1868 – March 24, 1931) was an American film and stage actor of the silent era and a vaudeville performer.[2]

Life and career

Robert Edeson
Robert Edeson

Edeson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of manager and actor George R. Edeson.[3] After working as treasurer of the Park Theatre in Brooklyn,[4] he initially acted in New York in 1887[5] in a production of Fascination.[4] He debuted on Broadway in Marriage (1896). His last Broadway appearance was in The World We Live In (1922). He also performed in vaudeville.[6]

Edeson received his first boost in films in 1914 when he starred in the Cecil B. DeMille directed film, The Call of the North (1914).

Edeson replaced actor Rudolph Christians in Erich von Stroheim's production of Foolish Wives (1922), after Christians died of pneumonia. Edeson famously only showed his back to the camera so as not to clash with shot footage of Christians that was still to be used in the completed film.

Edeson's final film was Aloha (1931).[5]

His third wife was the former Aida Banker.[7]


On March 24, 1931, Edeson died at his home in Hollywood. He was 62 years old.[7]

Selected filmography

Fathers of Men (1916)
Fathers of Men (1916)


  1. ^ "Gettysburg Times - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ "Edeson in New York". Dramatic Mirror. LXXVIII (2037): 4. January 5, 1918. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Leslie, Frank (1902). "Robert Edeson". Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. Frank Leslie Publishing House: 590. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Briscoe, Johnson (1908). The actors' birthday book: First -third series. An authoritative insight into the lives of the men and women of the stage born between January first and December thirty-first. Moffat, Yard and Company. p. 133. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Liebman, Roy (2017). Broadway Actors in Films, 1894–2015. McFarland. p. 81. ISBN 9781476626154. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Robert Edeson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Hennessy, Duane (March 25, 1931). "Death Rings Down Curtain Upon Hero of Stage and Film After Futile Battle Against Illness". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press. p. 3. Retrieved April 16, 2018 – via open access
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