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Ronald Edwin Blackgaard, voiced by Earl Boen (who also voices Edwin Blackgaard's identical-twin brother Dr. Regis Blackgaard), first appeared in #203: “Double Trouble”. Due to his similarity to Regis, he was initially rejected by the townspeople, but, thanks to Whit's help, he is generally accepted by the town (though they don't patronize his Harlequin Theatre as often as he would like).
- Main article: Blackgaard family
Edwin has an invalid mother who lives off a trust fund set up by Edwin's evil twin Regis.
Edwin's history is unclear, except that he was trained as a Shakespearean actor and, apparently, was quite popular in roles before he moved to Odyssey. In Odyssey, he is torn between performing the Shakespearean plays he loves and performing the "crowd pleasers" that bring in enough money to keep his dinner theatre afloat financially. He had a couple incidents with the parents of criticized students.
He is generally accompanied by his faithful servant Walter Shakespeare. Whit befriended him when he first came to Odyssey, and they remain good friends, though they don't see each other too often now.
Edwin is an egotistical, condescending, spotlight-loving ham. However, he does this in such a lovable manner and has such a generally good attitude that fans (and citizens of Odyssey) love him. He can be serious at times, and occasionally (such as in #359: “The Merchant of Odyssey”) we get a glimpse of the good actor that lives somewhere (very deep) inside of him. His conversation with Whit at the end of #203: “Double Trouble” also shows more of his serious side.
- Edwin takes mud baths for skin elasticity.
- Edwin's full name is Ronald Edwin Blackgaard, but he prefers to be called 'Edwin' as opposed to 'Ronald' so as not to be confused with a certain clown with that first name.
- Edwin owns The Electric Palace and The Harlequin Theatre.
- Edwin once put on a drama similar to War of the Worlds entitled Terror from the Skies.
- Edwin and Walter Shakespeare love drinking lemonade.
- He inherited The Electric Palace from Regis Blackgaard and was forced to keep it to support his mother.
- Edwin Blackgaard may have been inspired by the historical figure Edwin Thomas Booth, an actor who was the brother of the presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth.
Edwin has appeared in the following albums:
- Album 15: A Place of Wonder
- Album 18: A Time of Discovery
- Album 20: A Journey of Choices
- Album 22: The Changing Times
- Album 25: Darkness Before Dawn
- Album 26: Back on the Air
- Album 28: Welcome Home!
- Album 30: Through Thick and Thin
- Album 34: In Your Wildest Dreams
- Album 36: Danger Signals
- Album 39: Friends, Family, and Countrymen
- Album 40: Out of Control
- Album 41: In Hot Pursuit
- Album 44: Eugene Returns!
- Album 50: The Best Small Town
- Odyssey Adventure Club: Season 2
Edwin has appeared on the front cover of the following albums:
Edwin has appeared on the back cover of the following albums:
See, Blackgaard quotes