Born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1927, Ed was one of nine children growing up in a poor household. Ed attended Boston Public Latin School where he was involved in many activities, including athletics and music. Despite his athletic ability, Ed turned his attention to a quartet formed by the four Ames brothers which won competitions in Boston and around the state. The Ames Brothers quartet and were hired by bandleader Art Mooney in New York and signed to Coral Records in 1948. Their first major hits, "Rag Mop" and "Sentimental Me", were released in 1950s, leading the quartet to several variety show appearances as well as their own short 15-minute variety show in 1955.
When the Ames Brothers split in 1960, Ed turned his focus to acting and landed roles in on-stage productions on Broadway, which eventually led him to his widely-known role as Mingo on Daniel Boone
. While playing Mingo, Ed developed tomahawk throwing skills, which he showed of in a famous episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
on April 29, 1965.
After Daniel Boone
, Ed returned to his singing roots as a solo artist, but didn't have a successful song until 1967 with "My Cup Runneth Over".
At the age of 79, Ed continues to do stage work as well as guest star appearances on television. Currently Ed resides in Utah.