Richard Edson

Richard Edson (born January 1, 1954) is an American actor and musician. Edson was born in New Rochelle, New York. He has one brother, Steven, who resides in the Boston area, and two sisters: Andrea, who resides in Newton, Massachusetts and Jennifer, who resides in New York City. His father Arnold was one of the first Marine officers to land at Guadalcanal in August 1942. His mother Marian, a retired school teacher, resides with his father in New Rochelle. From 1981 to 1982, he was Sonic Youth's original drummer and played drums for Konk at the same time. After the release of Sonic Youth's self-titled debut album, Edson left the band to play with Konk full-time. Edson also played horns with San Francisco band The Offs on the group's eponymous 1984 album. Following his music career, Edson has worked as an actor, appearing in over 35 movies. His more notable roles include a disreputable parking garage attendant in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Eddie in Jim Jarmusch's cult film Stranger Than Paradise (1984), real-life gambler Billy Maharg in Eight Men Out, and Joey Breaker (1993).


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