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Happy Birthday To New Rochelle’s Richard Edson

Richard Edson turns 59 on Wednesday.
Richard Edson turns 59 on Wednesday. Photo Credit:

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Richard Edson!

Richard Edson, who was born in New Rochelle, turns 59 on Wednesday.

Edson, an actor and musician, was born Jan. 1, 1954.  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 more than 35 movies. His more notable roles include a disreputable parking garage attendant in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off: (1986), Man at newspaper stand in "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) Richie in "Howard the Duck" (1986), Eddie in Jim Jarmusch's cult film "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984), real-life gambler Billy Maharg in "Eight Men Out," and the title character in "Joey Breaker" (1993). Edson played the lead role in three films directed by Raphael Nadjari: "The Shade" (1999), "I am Josh Polonski's Brother" (2001) and "Apartment #5c" (2002).

His television appearances include "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and the third season finale of "Homicide: Life on the Street." He has appeared in about 85 movies/television shows.

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