Ed played baseball with 110% passion and no brains. His enthusiasm for the game taught him a valuable lesson. He would slide into a base headfirst without regard for injury. Ed explained, "Knowing what I know now, if I gave more thought to playing a full season as opposed to being a hero for one game, I would have been much happier." After two consecutive seasons, Eds baseball career came to a screeching halt. He separated and dislocated his right shoulder.
After this setback, Ed decided to change his career and auditioned for a couple of Acting Conservatories. He was accepted into the State University of New York at Purchase. Eight hundred people auditioned for the program and only thirty were accepted. "I realized how much I liked being an actor, I couldn't imagine going to school for anything else. I found a new dream, and a new passion." At graduation, Ed was one of sixteen out of thirty actors who actually made it through the program.
After receiving his BFA degree, he started his own business, Ad Skates, Inc., a promotional company. He also produced videos for business to business communications, in house sales training tapes, and satellite up-linking and down-linking around the world. He continued his studies at the Michael Howard Studios and worked Off-Broadway and NY regional theater. Ed realized he was spending most of his time launching his new business, instead of his acting career. One day his grandmother encouraged him to pursue his dream. Well this was just what Ed needed, a push in the right direction. He sold his businesses, bought a new car and drove across the country to Hollywood, California.
This time he made a total commitment to acting. He
felt that if he weren't totally focused on acting he would get side tracked.
He made a two-year commitment to himself, and financed his career through
his credit cards. He was getting deeper and deeper into debt.
Ed found little acting jobs, and continued doing theater and working with casting directors as a reader. It wasn't until Dori Zuckerman called Ed to be a reader for the pilot of Babylon 5 did his career really take a turn. This helped land him a recurring role for the next five seasons as Mr. Morden. He's had guest-starring roles on NYPD Blue and Mike Hammer, and he's worked on several movies.
Ed is well on his way to discovering his dream; we can be confident he won't end up on the disabled list and disappear. He's come a long way since baseball and plans to be around for many seasons to come.