Edson was born in New Rochelle, New York. From 1981 to 1982, he was Sonic Youth’s original drummer and also played drums for Konk at the same time. After the release of Sonic Youth’s self-titled debut EP, Edson left Sonic Youth to play with Konk full-time. Edson also played horns with the San Francisco band The Offs on the group’s eponymous 1984 album.
After his music career ended Edson has worked as an actor appearing in over 35 movies. His more notable roles include a disreputable parking garage attendant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Eddie in Jim Jarmusch’s cult film Stranger Than Paradise (1984), and real-life gambler Billy Maharg in Eight Men Out. He also had roles in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Platoon (1986), Dirty Dancing (1987), and Do the Right Thing (1989). He also starred in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. (film) as Spike, Koopa’s (Dennis Hopper) cousin. His television appearances include… read more