Edmund Lyndeck, American actor, Died at 90


Edmund Lyndeck was born on October 4, 1925, and died on December 14, 2015.

He was an American character actor and musical theatre performer.

Edmund, a former college professor, spent well over a dozen years in stock and regional theater roles before making his Broadway debut in the original production of 1776.

After originating the role of John Witherspoon, Edmund went on to play Stephen Hopkins, Dr. Lyman Hall, and Charles Thomson before ending up on tour as John Dickinson.

His other Broadway credits include Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Doll’s Life, Merlin, and Into the Woods (as Cinderella’s Father).

Edmund best-known role is the evil Judge Turpin in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which he also repeated for the first national tour, the 1980 television broadcast, and a 1994 production at the North Shore Music Theatre.

He earned a Drama-Logue Award for his performance in the tour’s Los Angeles berth.

Edmund followed up Sweeney Todd with another Stephen Sondheim musical, Into The Woods, originating the role of Cinderella’s father.

Edmund has worked frequently in the Pennsylvania regional theater.

For many years he was a fixture at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera – most notably as Scrooge in their annual musical version of A Christmas Carol, a role he performed almost every year from 1992 to 2007.

Edmund Lyndeck passed away on December 14, 2015, aged 90.