Big Louby Craig Hamrick
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 spanned much further than that. Working with such performers as Charlton Heston, Kaye Ballard, Joan Bennett, and Carol Burnett, he was a pioneer performer 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. In a revealing biography, author Craig Hamrick chronicles the life and career of this remarkable man.
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This is, to my knowledge, the first full legnth bio of a soap star. Louis Edmonds(1923-2001) had a five year run on 'Dark Shadows' & a 16 year run on 'All My Children'. But he also had hundreds on roles on the stage and in early live TV.He was a superb character actor with a strong daytime TV fan base. But he never got the level of stardom that he deserved.Craig Hamrick's Big Lou gives Louis Edmonds that belated recognition. In a very well written & researched tome, Hamrick profiles every aspect of Louis' career, including quotes from friends, family, & co-workers. His life as a semi-closeted gay actor, his public coming out in his 70s, and his stregnth & courage as he faced illnesses that took first his career, then his life, are discussed in great detail.It's a wonderful book about a wonderful actor, who, thanks to Craig Hamrick, will not be forgotten.
This is a fascinating look at the career of a journeyman actor, Louis Edmonds, who is best known for his lengthy soap stints on 'Dark Shadows' and 'All My Children.' What probably isn't known by the average viewer is that Edmonds was a respected actor with an enviable stage career whose ego and temperament might have prevented his career from taking off. Author (and Dark Shadows expert) Craig Hamrick takes just the right tone in presenting Edmonds' life, warts and all. Bravo!