Edward "Eddie" Cantor Dean
is a member of Roland Deschain
's second ka-tet. He was introduced in The Drawing of the Three
. He is the husband of Susannah Dean
Eddie was originally a 23-year-old heroin addict from New York City 1987. He has a deep attachment to his brother, Henry Dean, despite his constant abuse (his brother was the one who got him addicted to heroin). Henry was jealous of Eddie's natural talent and played his Eddie's admiration of him to tease him until Eddie became self-conscious about it. Eventually, we find out that Eddie's talent translates into being a gunslinger. Roland notes that he was a born gunslinger.
Roland initially thought that Eddie was weak-willed, narcissistic, and foolish. Although he initially disliked Eddie's jokes, he came to realize that Eddie's sense of humor was actually reminiscent of his old companion Cuthbert Allgood.