November 3, 1929 ~ February 16, 2009
Ed Cotter, a resident of Torrance for many years passed away on Monday, February 16, 2009.
Ed was born in Boston on November 3, 1929 and joined the Marine Corps, serving in Korea. When he returned to the States he took theatre classes and began getting roles in regional productions, soon becoming a member of Actor's Equity.
On a trip to Los Angeles he fell in love with the region and decided to move here permanently. He quickly discovered The Kentwood Players in Westchester and made his directing debut there in 1959 with a production of "Light Up the Sky." It was at Kentwood that he met his future wife, De when she auditioned for a role and he didn't cast her. They were married in October 1965 and became an inseparable team - directing and producing many theatre productions together until her passing in July, 2007.
Besides theatre, Ed had a passion for film that led him to Paramount Studios, where he was apprenticed as an editor. For over nine years he worked as an editor on the television series "Happy Days," winning an Emmy in 1978 for the episode "Richie Almost Dies." He also did editing on "Laverne and Shirley," "Dear John," "Family Matters" and several TV movies. In his later years he became a librarian for Paramount, overseeing their massive archive of films and television shows.
In addition to his TV work, he still pursued acting at many South Bay theatres including Long Beach Civic Light Opera, Kentwood Players, Little Fish, Showcase, Shakespeare-by-the-sea, Downey Civic Light Opera, Bluth Brothers Showcase, etc. Performing in both musicals and plays, some of his stand-out roles were King Arthur in "Camelot, " Marryin' Sam in "Li'l Abner", Don Quixote in "Man of LaMancha", El Gallo in "The Fantasticks", Littlechap in "Stop the World," Uncle Buddy in "City of Angels," and Harold Hill in "The Music Man." He won many Marcom Awards from Kentwood for his acting, including his performances in "The Elephant Man," "West Side Story," and "Moon Over Buffalo" as well as a Golden Anniversary Award for his fifty years of membership.
As a director he also guided numerous award-winning plays and musicals in the South Bay, including "Summer and Smoke," "Hatful of Rain," "Death of a Salesman," "Cabaret," "Heaven Can Wait," "Follies," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," "Oleanna," "Charley's Aunt" and "The Lion in Winter". His 2002 production of "Blood Brothers" for Kentwood Players was eventually moved to the Knightsbridge Theatre in Los Angeles for an extended run.
Ed is survived by his son Robert Moore and his wife Debora of Cherry Valley, California and his son William Moore and his wife Kathy of Littleton, Colorado and his grand-daughter Alyssa, grandson, Clayton and great-granddaughter Solluna. Services will be ten a.m. Wednesday February 25 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, graveside service to follow.
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