ER Star Anthony Edwards is a Proud Father of Four Grown Up Children - Meet All of Them
Anthony Edwards was Goose to Tom Cruise's Maverick, captain of the 'Nerds,' and Dr. Mark Greene on the first eight seasons of 'ER.' The father of four followed 'ER' with a starring role in 'Zero Hero' and began his career as a director. Off-camera things weren't so rosy. Edwards grappled with a divorce and sex-abuse scandal, resulting in years of therapy. We explored all this and more, and here's what we found:
Encouraged by his parents to attend college before pursuing his dream of acting, Edwards received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England and studied theatre at the University of Southern California. By the time he was nineteen, though, Edwards was getting enough acting work that he left college.
His early work included a co-starring role in the TV series 'It Takes Two' with Richard Crenna and Patty Duke Astin as his parents and Helen Hunt as his sister. He had a cameo in the hit film 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' as "Stoner Bud."
In 1984, he captured hearts with his starring role in the blockbuster film 'Revenge of the Nerds.' Edwards played the leading role of Gilbert Lowe, a sensitive and well-meaning nerd, best friend to Robert Carradine's "Lewis," and later president of the Tri-Lambs. He reprised the role for a few scenes in the sequel 'Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.'
His portrayal of Nick "Goose" Bradshaw alongside Tom Cruise in the 1986 film Top Gun brought his first widespread public praise. His character, who died in an aviation accident, was among the most prominent and prevalent in the movie.
Born and raised in Sweden, Jeanine Lobell studied in London before moving to LA. There, she had jobs in various beauty shops, which led her to meet the video producer of ‘Hairspray.' It was a low-budget movie, and the producer proposed that she do the makeup.
Three others were doing the same job, but she was the only one who could do impeccable and quick work. Her career kicked off when she started doing music video makeup. She has worked with famous artists such as Mariah Carey, Wilson Phillips, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman.
Anthony Edwards met the makeup artist on the set of 1992's 'Pet Sematary Two.' They fell in love quickly, moved into a Spanish-style house in LA, and married in 1994. In 1994, Lobell founded the Stila cosmetics line, and, in 1999, she sold it to Estee Lauder.
The couple shares four children: A son, Bailey Edwards, and three daughters named Esme Edwards, Wallis Edwards, and Poppy Edwards. Unfortunately, by 2014, the pair were separated, and in 2015 they divorced. Both reside in New York City.
25-year-old Bailey Edwards is following in his father's footsteps. Previously he appeared in the Netflix movie, 'Bright' with Will Smith, and in 2018, he announced that he landed a lead role in the independent psychological thriller, 'M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters.' The part is his first leading role. While he might be following in his father's footsteps, he insists on achieving his career goals on his own.
"I realized about halfway through the [MOM] audition process that the producers had no idea Anthony Edwards was my dad, and because it can sometimes be rare to be seen just as me, I decided to keep it to myself for the rest of the chemistry tests.
It wasn't until after I was offered the part that I finally brought it up, and the fact that they didn't know gave me much more ownership over the role."
Esme Edwards is the Edwards' oldest daughter. The twenty-two-year-old was born on January 29, 1997. She studied at Skidmore College and graduated earlier this year. According to her Instagram, her "partner in crime" and her current boyfriend is DJ Ben Baumann.
Wallis, born on September 1, 2000, is 19 years old and graduated high school in 2018. Her mother revealed at the time that she also managed to snag a spot at her dream school, Pitzer College, in an Instagram post saying:
"This is what you look like when you get into your dream college congrats you are and have always been a total genius girl i [heart emoji] you @wallisedwards1 #pitzer #firstgen #happiness #collegegirl."
The young woman has grown to resemble her older sister Esmé, who pointed their similarities out in an Instagram post, congratulating her sister, writing: "Endlessly proud of my little sister, who grew up to be my twin."
The couple then had Poppy Edwards on March 15, 2002. The 17-year-old has stayed out of the spotlight for the most part. However, she did take ballet lessons while growing up. She remains close with both her parents and went on a ski trip with her father.
On November 10, 2017, Edwards wrote an essay on Medium in which he stated that screenwriter/producer Gary Goddard befriended and then sexually assaulted him and several of his friends "for years" beginning when they were 12 years old. At the time, the producer was a Disney Imagineer who helped design projects on EPCOT. Goddard went on to create attractions for Universal Studios theme parks and produce Broadway shows.
He said his mother asked him when he was 14-years-old whether Goddard was a pedophile, but Edwards denied it.
"To face that truth was not an option as my sense of self was completely enmeshed in my gang of five friends who were all led by this sick father figure."
Edwards said he had a run-in with Goddard 22 years ago, where he confronted the producer about the alleged abuse.
"I was able to express my outrage at what he had done. He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help. I felt a temporary sense of relief," he wrote. "I say temporary because when Goddard appeared in the press four years ago for alleged sexual abuse, my rage resurfaced."
In 2014, Goddard and X-Men director Bryan Singer were sued for allegedly sexually abusing two teenage boys. The lawsuits were later withdrawn. Shortly after Edwards accused Goddard, the producer took a leave of absence from his company, The Goddard Group.
In response, a representative for Goddard said the producer categorically denies all allegations, and "is at a loss to understand the attacks that have been made full of innuendo and hearsay."
Edwards said in the Medium post that he got professional help from a therapist four years ago.
"By processing my anger in a safe place with a professional, I was finally able to have the conversation that I wish I could have had with my mom when I was 14.
I did not go from being a victim to a survivor alone. No one does. I had to ask for help, and I am so grateful that I did."
Edwards now serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of 1in6, a leading national organization dedicated to helping men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.
WHAT HE'S UP TO NOW
After his time on 'ER,' he had a recurring role on 'Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,' and in Netflix's 'Designated Survivor' season three. Edwards also appeared as SFPD inspector Bill Armstrong in David Fincher's 'Zodiac.'
In 2010, Edwards appeared in the movie 'Motherhood.' It set a record for the biggest bomb in British cinema history, taking in £88 on 11 tickets on opening weekend. It did not fare much better in the United States, earning $93,388 after three weeks.
Edwards said he took the role because "it seemed like a very organic and real thing. It really kind of reminded me of what the dynamic in a family is like."
Edwards was the voice of Echo, one of the fighter jets, in the Disneytoon Studios film 'Planes,' and also voiced the character Pegleg Pirate in an episode of 'Blaze and the Monster Machines.' Edwards directed the 2016 film 'My Dead Boyfriend,' starring Heather Graham. The film is based on Arthur Nersesian's 2000 novel 'Dogrun.'
Edwards is also a licensed private pilot, dedicated philanthropist, and marathon runner. He serves as chairman of Shoe4Africa, a non-profit organization that donates shoes to Kenyan athletes and aims to build the largest public children's hospital in Africa. He ran in the ING New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009, to raise funds for Shoe4Africa.
Since his teenage years, Edwards has been a close friend of picture book illustrator Steven Kellogg. In 2011, Edwards's gift of $350,000 made it possible for Kellogg's complete life's work of more than 2700 illustrations to be donated to the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books.
Edwards also won a Daytime Emmy for the production of the underground rock documentary 'NYHC' and the telepic adaptation of Kimberly Willis Holt's coming of age novel 'My Louisiana Sky' and earned the Carnegie Medal Award for 'My Louisiana Sky.'
Currently, Edwards is dating actress Mare Winningham and the pair have been spotted at multiple events together. They have known each other for over 35 years.
He has a loving family, a fantastic career, and wonderful outlook. What's your favorite Anthony Edwards role? Tell us in the comments below!