Vince Edwards,67, who starred as a brooding, brilliant...


March 13, 1996

Vince Edwards,67, who starred as a brooding, brilliant young doctor in the 1960s television series "Ben Casey," died of pancreatic cancer Monday in Los Angeles.

As handsome Dr. Casey on the 1961-1966 ABC series, he created a rare TV character a dedicated but difficult physician who battled disease and the medical establishment. The series, one of ABC's most popular, evoked the kind of realism and tension that decades later made NBC's "ER" a major hit. A Time magazine review of "Ben Casey" said it "accurately captures the feeling of sleepless intensity in a metropolitan hospital." Mr. Edwards, a native of New York City, began his acting career on the stage in the 1940s and appeared in films and on television during the 1950s. Among the TV shows in which he appeared were "Fireside Theatre," "The Untouchables" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

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