On October 23, 2011 it was announced that former president, Edge Edgerton, of the United Film & Television Artists, Inc. (UFTA) and film actor died. Close friend Coni Tibbetts and his brother Don were with him at his bedside when he died on Friday night, the 21st.
Edgerton was preceded in death by wife, Shirley. They had a daughter, Cindy Branum who currently resides in Ocala, Florida. His two grandchildren are Tara Branum in Dallas, Texas and Chase Branum who is serving in the military in Afghanistan.
This is not only an announcement of a man, father, grandfather, friend and actor’s death, but rather a celebration of his life and how he will be missed by many. Condolences (seen below) indicate that!
For those who were not lucky enough to know this man, Edge Edgerton, he was a man of many talents – a few included acting, dancing, stunt performing, motorcyclist, teacher…
Edge’s main passion was that of acting, but before he began making his livelihood as a professional actor he had other careers.
From a rural farm life to a city upbringing, Edge served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, was an aerospace engineer, a CEO… and he still found time to work in comedy and eventually more dramatic acting roles.
Edge was no stranger to working behind-the-scenes either. He wore many hats at Fiddler Films, in Naples, and proud of it. It is not every actor who is familiar with both sides of the camera. Edge was.
In front of the camera Edge also felt at ease, and here are a few of his film projects – science fiction among them: Striptease (1996), Vampire Wars (1996), Virtually Yours (1996), Assault on Devil’s Island (1997), The Blackout (1997), Holy Man (1998), Trans (1998), Tackle Box (1999), All Shook Up (1999), Black (2000), Edge’s Gig (2000), The Curse of the Blair Witch (2001), Barefoot Williams Road (2001), Satan Was a Lady (2001), Hide (2001), Ali (2001) and One Evening (2004).
Credits on the small screen/television are Shadow Warriors, Sheena and two episodes in Going to California, including countless commercials and printwork.
Another kind of behind-the-scenes for Edgerton was his 40 plus years involved with supporting the film industry, including his past dedication with the organization Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, Southwest Chapter (FMPTA) of which he was president and a member of the FMPTA State Board of Directors.
Edgerton, active up until his death, was a founder, officer (including past president) with the United Film and Television Artists (UFTA) representing Southwest Florida.
During an interview once, with another actor, he had this to say about meeting Edge and that he was thankful to him for steering him the right way:
“In the organization (FMPTA), I served as vice-president and executive vice-president. [Also] while in the organization, I met Edge Edgerton who encouraged me to get in front of the camera.” – Steve Barnett, Actor and Voicover Artist in Lehigh, Florida
Edge Edgerton will be buried at the National Cemetary in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be given to the American Cancer Society.
A few of the many condolences continually coming in:
“No! Why does it have to be Edge?”
“He was always so sweet to me. I will miss him.”
“I am so saddened by this. He was a great man.”
“I am so sorry to hear that. I didn’t know him well, but he was always so nice. He will be missed.”
“Remember the happy times.”
“It is such a tragedy. He will be sorely missed. He was a great person. :(“
” I was going to call him to play Charlie’s grandfather at the Ritz again this year for the big “Willie Wonka” holiday event. He played the role the last two years… “
“Edge Edgerton, a man whom I will never forget. He not only excelled in acting because of his passion for it, but he shared with others what he knew about the craft/art/biz… He did not want anyone to fail. He was a caring person, not only to friends and family but to his fellow thespians as well. He is already missed and will always be remembered.”
“I am at a loss for words. Edge and I traveled many roads together, and I am in disbelief that he is gone. I still see him and feel like he is still here.”
“I just found out my dear friend and mentor, Edge passed away this Friday after a long struggle with cancer. He will be sorely missed.” – Amanda Hootman, Actress based in England