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"Louis Edmonds wasn’t just in love with acting, he was in lust with it. [He] was acclaimed for his ham-on-rye performance as the sinister Roger Collins…and oily opportunist Langley Wallingford….
Edmonds is sorely missed, not just because he was so brilliant but because he was a specialist in the kind of arch and arty gents that soaps, sadly, don’t prize much anymore.” -- Michael Logan, TV Guide, 2001

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Actor Louis Edmonds is best remembered for his popular soap opera roles on Dark Shadows and All My Children.      

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A revised, expanded edition of Big Lou was released in March 2003 -- two years after Louis' death. It includes an indepth look at Louis' career on TV and on the New York stage.

Beginning in 1948, Louis starred in dozens of stage productions with talented co-stars including Kaye Ballard, Sada Thompson, Conrad Bain, Dick Cavett, Carrie Nye, Brett Somers, and Jan Miner. Over the years, he consistently garnered good reviews.The New York Times' Brooks Atkinson called his performances "vivid" and "excellent."

On television, he worked from the 1950s to the 1990s, with Charlton Heston, Carol Burnet, Julie Harris, Joan Bennett, and many others. He was nominated for three Emmys.

While building this impresssive career, Louis overcame a number of obstacles--including alcoholism, cancer, depression, and prejudice against his homosexuality.

Big Lou chronicles the life and caereer of this remarkable man.

Click here to read a review of Big Lou, on Dark Shadows Journal Online.

Louis and the Woman Across the Hall

In one of his earliest TV roles, in 1960, Louis took a comedic turn as a hard-drinking playboy, acting with a star from Hollywood's Golden Age: Glenda Farrell. Read about it here.


Langley & Verla:

On All My Children with Carol Burnett

The Governess
Speaks: An interview with Dark Shadows' Alexandra Moltke


Ernest in Love:
Off-Broadway success in a Wilde musical



Troy Donahue and a
Star Trek actress

costarred with Louis in the film Come Spy With Me.

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