Edward Egan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edward Egan was born in Queens, New York back in 1930, he was orphaned at 12 raised by his grandmother. In 1947, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge, he played baseball for the New York Yankees Triple-A club, however in 1950 he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War. After his second discharge, he joined the New York City Police Department in 1955.

His career spanned some 15 years with over 8,000 arrests. He retired in 1971 and worked as a full-time actor playing mainly law enforcement roles in more than 20 movies and television series. In 1984, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He died of colon cancer at the University of Miami Cancer Center in 1995.

What you may not know about Edward is that along with his partner Sonny Grosso they broke up an organized crime ring in 1961, seizing 112 pounds of heroin, a record amount at that time. His exploits were made into a movie some of you may remember The French Connection, it was also written about with the same title in a book by Robin Moore.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray what a great career change.... an ideal candidate to play a role that was his actual career....

Nov 02, 2019 04:02 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I knew that I had heard his name before.  I remember the story and the movie.

Nov 02, 2019 04:18 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I remember the movie well.

As they say, he had a storied career.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 02, 2019 04:40 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Remember the movie, but not Edward. He was one tough and determined guy! Enjoy your day!

Nov 02, 2019 04:45 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James- - -it's rare but I knew this story as soon as I read his name. 

Nov 02, 2019 04:57 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, I was suprised that I knew this one since watching the film and saw some articles in the local papers.

Nov 02, 2019 04:59 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Nov 02, 2019 05:21 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is some story. I remember the movie. Good job.

Nov 02, 2019 06:17 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Of course I remember the French Connection story and movie, James. This was so interesting to read about the background of one of the men behind it.

Nov 02, 2019 06:29 AM #9
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

This fellow lived life to the fullest.  Who else should portray a police officer than the real McCoy.  I am familiar with the movie and find this very interesting.

Nov 02, 2019 06:40 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And the movie has the best chase scene ever done in a movie, now it is commonplace. A

Nov 02, 2019 06:59 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he always achieved the highest levels he could throughout his life!

Nov 02, 2019 07:27 AM #12
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Detective "Eddie" had quite the storied life. Pretty decent filmography and TV career too. The French Connection still rates high in my favorite movies list.

Nov 02, 2019 07:49 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I had to look him up and do recognize his face from movies!

Nov 02, 2019 09:41 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how interesting!   I haven't seen the French Connection in years so I may look it up. 

Nov 02, 2019 10:29 AM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The French Connection! Excellent movie and now I know more about the background. Thanks, James.

Nov 02, 2019 02:51 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I've seen the movie but never knew the back story. Now that I've put the pieces together it makes perfect sense.

Nov 02, 2019 05:16 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the interesting "behind the scenes" story of Edward Egen.  Thinking of watching The French Connection again.

Nov 02, 2019 07:55 PM #18
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I remember watching the French Connection. It was riveting.  It takes a special kind of courage to put yourself in harm's way.

Nov 04, 2019 01:52 AM #19
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