Actor and active in community affairs, Ed Fry was born in Chicago and grew up in Texas. He graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, and was inducted into the honorary scholastic fraternity Alpha Chi. He trained with famed theater director Paul Baker, making his television debut on NBC’s “Another World”. Roles since then have included:
“Chappelle’s Show” Comedy Central; “Sex and the City” HBO; “Young Americans” WB; “This Far and No More” PBS; “American Masters” series PBS; “As the World Turns” CBS; “All My Children” ABC.
A long time on-camera spokesman for the “Rooms To Go” furniture company, Fry’s credits also include numerous dramatic and musical stage roles off-Broadway and in regional theaters around the country.
Fry also currently serves as Vice-President of the New York Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and serves on their national board of directors and as Eastern Chair of the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee.
Apart from acting, Fry serves as an honorary board member of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, and was a national vice-president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association until 2003. He served from 1991-1997 as their first honorary national chairperson of the ALS division of MDA and traveled extensively on their behalf. A New York co-host of the Labor Day Telethon, he was named MDA’s eastern division Humanitarian of the Year in 1991 and received the MDA “Field of Hope” Humanitarian Award in 2000.
Fry was twice named an `Outstanding Young Man of America’, receiving awards of merit from Cancer Cares, God’s Love We Deliver, Northern Lights Alternatives (an AIDS service organization), and received the Award of Distinguished Service from Earth Action, a non-profit service organization on whose board he served from its founding until 1996. Fry is also the recipient of the Joseph C. Riley Award for service to the Screen Actors Guild.
Mr. Fry is married to Janice Doskey. They reside outside New York City.