Edmonds appeared in the musical Ernest in Love in 1960. He acted on the supernatural soap Dark Shadows as Roger Collins from 1966 to 1971. His other roles on Dark Shadows were Joshua Collins (the father of Barnabas Collins), Edward Collins (the older brother of Quentin Collins), Roger Collins PT (Roger Collins' opposite self in 1970 Parallel Time), the adult Daniel Collins (a cousin of Barnabas Collins and Millicent Collins' younger brother), Amadeus Collins (a lawyer who was the main prosecutor in the trial of Judah Zachary in 1692, whose spirit later possesses Gerard Stiles in 1840), and Brutus Collins (a ghost who haunted the secret locked room in 1841 Parallel Time). On All My Children, he played Langley Wallingford/Lenny Wlasuk from 1979 to 1995, who was married to Phoebe Tyler, portrayed by Ruth Warrick. He received Daytime Emmy nominations in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He also received Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in 1989 and 1990. Edmonds left the show due to ill health. He died of respiratory failure on March 3, 2001, in Port Jefferson, New York at the age of 77.
Edmonds began his career off-Broadway in the 1950s, appearing in mostly light comedy and classical works. He created the role of Algernon in Ernest in Love, the musical version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest. The cast recording was recently reissued on CD. He played Max in the original Broadway production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, but due to a temporary illness, he is not heard on the cast recording. In the 1970s and 1980s Edmonds toured in several national tours, two of the most successful were Man of LaMancha (as Cervantes/Quixote) and My Fair Lady (as Henry Higgins).
Louis was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 24, 1923 to Walter R. Edmonds and his wife, Katherine L. Stirling.
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Louis Edmonds was well known for his TV soap opera roles as Dark Shadows Roger Collins and ,All My Children's Langley Wallingford, but his career was not limited to these characters.Working with such performers as Charlton Heston, Kaye Ballard, Joan Bennett, and Carol Burnett, he was a pioneer actor on live television in the 1950s and played numerous critically acclaimed roles on and off Broadway and on TV for five decades. Throughout his life, the gay actor battled?and conquered?depression, alcoholism, and cancer.Author Craig Hamrick chronicles the life and career of this remarkable man in the revealing biography, Big Lou: The Life and Career of Actor Louis Edmonds."Craig Hamrick is a wonderful, gifted young writer with a heart-breaking story to tell. Big Lou is an insightful look at the theater world, crafted with warmth, humor and just the right dash of cynicism."- Craig Lucas
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