From 1916 to 1927, Edward Van Sloan had a successful career on Broadway appearing in The Unknown Purple, Polly Preferred, Morals, Schweiger, Juarez and Maximilian, Remote Control, and Lost. In 1927, he was cast as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in the Broadway production of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi in the title role.
His Broadway role would lead to his successful film career as a character actor. He recreated his role of Dr. Van Helsing in the 1931 film Dracula and again later in Dracula's Daughter (1936). Edward's third movie credit was playing Dr. Waldman in Frankenstein (1931) starring Boris Karloff. Right before the opening credits of Frankenstein, he stepped out in front of a curtain to warn the audience that they now had a chance to escape the theater if they were too squeamish.
Edward Van Sloan retired from both the stage and movies in 1950 after a final performance in an uncredited movie role as a minister in The Underworld Story. He passed away on March 6, 1964 at the age of 81.