Edmund Lyndeck was an American actor.


Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Lyndeck became a performer at a young age, becoming a versatile character actor who notably played three seperate roles in an Off-Broadway production of Around the World in Eighty Days in 1964.

Whilst his primary medium was theatre, Lyndeck made several onscreen appearances, comedies such as Road Trip and Big Daddy and numerous guest roles on television.

Lyndeck passed away on December 14th, 2015.


Making his start in regional theatre, Lyndeck made his Broadway debut in the non-singing role of Reverend John Witherspoon in 1776 before understudying and moving up to playing several other larger roles. He became most famous however for his role as the antagonistic Judge Turpin in the original production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a role he continued to play in the ensuing tour and its respective video.

Lyndeck would later star with Sweeney costar Betsy Joslyn in A Doll's Life, and later worked with Stephen Sondheim again for the original production of Into the Woods. In 1982, he originated the role of "Wizard" in the musical Merlin.

In later years, Lyndeck originated the role of Sir Danvers Carew in the original Alley Theatre Production of Jekyll & Hyde and became a mainstay at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol several years running.


Ziegfeld Follies of 1943 (1943)

1776 (1969)(originated the role)

Charles Thompson
  • Is Anybody There? (duet)
Thomas Jefferson
  • But, Mr. Adams (contains solo lines)
Rev John Witherspoon
  • Sit Down, John
  • The Egg
  • Finale

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)(originated the role)

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  • Johanna - Judge's Song (solo)
  • Kiss Me (quartet)
  • Pretty Women (duet)
  • The Judge's Return (duet)
  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (reprise 7) (contains solo lines)

A Doll's Life (1982)(originated the role)

  • New Year's Eve (contains solo lines)
  • Rare Wines (duet)
  • There She Is (contains solo lines)

Oliver! (1983)

  • Pick a Pocket or Two (contains solo lines)
  • Rum Tum Tum (solo)
  • I'd Do Anything (contains solo lines)
  • Be Back Soon (contains solo lines)
  • It's a Fine Life (reprise)(contains solo lines)
  • Reviewing the Situation (solo)
  • Reviewing the Situation (reprise)(solo)

Merlin (1983)

  • The Elements (contains solo lines)
  • Nobody Will Remember Him (duet)
  • He Who Knows The Way (solo)
  • He Who Knows The Way (reprise)(solo)
  • He Who Knows The Way (second reprise)(contains solo lines)

Into the Woods (1987)

Cinderella's Father (originated the role)
  • Act Two Finale
Mysterious Man
  • No More (duet)

Grand Hotel (1989)

Jekyll & Hyde (1990)(originated the role)

  • Sir Danvers (contains solo lines)
  • Board of Governors (contains solo lines)
  • Your Work and Nothing More (contains solo lines)

A Musical Christmas Carol (1992)


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