Edward was born into the family of Michael, Catherine and John (brother) Garzero in San Francisco in 1927. He was blessed to live a happy childhood in Russian Hill. He graduated from Lowell High School and served in the Army Air Corp at the end of the Second World War. He earned his BS from University of San Francisco, and his MFA in Speech and Drama from Catholic University in Washington DC.
Upon graduation from CU, Edward toured overseas with Players Incorporated, performing Shakespeare for the troops in Korea, and students in the USA. He moved to New York, gaining entry to United Scenic Artists, Local 829 as an All Category member in 1955.
In 1957, Edward married Harriet Alexander of Port Washington, NY. They started their family straight away, having four children. They have 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Ed and Harriet were very active in their community, participating in Christian Family Movement and Marriage Encounter. After the Second Vatican Council, when the laity was invited to participate more fully in the liturgy, he served as a lector in every parish he and his family belonged to. He stopped only when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
His professional achievements are most impressive. He was considered one of the”best in the business”. His artistic ability, attention to detail, and overall vision of what things should look like were a potent combination. Edward always did beautiful work and led his crew to the same end.
A list of the movies on which he was the chargeman scenic artist includes: “The Night They Raided Minsky’s”, “The Boys in the Band”, “The Panic in Needle Park”, “The French Connection”, “Bad”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “Claudine”, “The Godfather”, “The Exorcist”, “Godfather II”, “Kramer Vs Kramer”, “Deathtrap”, “Wolfen”, “Ragtime”, “Beat Street”, “The Verdict”, “King of Comedy”, “An Unmarried Woman”, “The Flamingo Kid”, “84 Charing Cross Road”, “Hello Again”, and “Skip Tracer”.