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Edward Albert

Edward Albert was an award-winning American actor of Butterflies Are Free, Midway, and TV's Beauty and the Beast and The Yellow Rose fame.

Like his father, Eddie Albert, Edward was also a crusader for environmental and humanitarian causes.

Edward Albert
Edward Albert
Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Edward Laurence Albert

Date and place of birth: February 20, 1951, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Date, place and cause of death: September 22, 2006, at 27320 Winding Way, Malibu, California, U.S.A. (Lung cancer)

Child: Thais Carmen (daughter)

Father: Eddie Albert (b. April 22, 1906, at 11:30 a.m., Rock Island, Illinois - d. May 26, 2005, at 719 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades, California, of pneumonia and Alzheimer's)
Mother: Margo (1917-1985)

Error corrections or clarifications

Note: The book Born This Day: A Daily Celebration of Famous Beginnings by Ed Morrow, erroneously lists "1908" as Edward's year of birth. It has his date of birth correct, but misses his year of birth by more than 40 years. (It erroneously lists "1908" as both his father's and Edward's year of birth.)

Earl Blackwell's Entertainment Celebrity Register erroneously reports he "made his debut in the film Butterflies Are Free." (He actually made his movie debut in the 1965 drama The Fool Killer.)

Biography - Credits - Hobbies

Edward Laurence Albert was born to television and screen veteran Eddie Albert, and dancer/actress Margo. Like his parents, Edward Albert would go on to a long, successful career in entertainment. His father had also been a pioneering crusader for environmental causes, and that passion was also passed down to son Edward. His godfather was family friend Laurence Olivier, which is precisely where Edward's middle name originated.

He made his motion picture debut in the unusual and offbeat 1965 drama The Fool Killer. In the film he played a runaway orphan who crosses paths with a disturbed Civil War veteran, played by Anthony Perkins. It wasn't until the release of the film Butterflies Are Free several years later, that audiences and critics alike, sat up and took notice of young Edward Albert. His performance as a blind man opposite Goldie Hawn, earned him a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer. By the early 1980s, the quality of films he was being offered had declined noticeably. Consequently, he was more apt to take interesting roles on quality television shows such The Yellow Rose, and Beauty and the Beast. He would continue to find work in films, TV-movies and television series for years to come.

During what would turn out to be his final years, Edward Albert devoted an increasing amount of time to environmental and humanitarian causes. He served on both the California Coastal Commission and the state's Native American Heritage Commission. He lived on a ranch in the mountains above Malibu for many years, and as a resident of the area, took a leading role in preserving the mountains and canyons that remained undeveloped. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy named the Escondido Canyon area the Edward Albert Escondido Trail and Waterfalls, in his honor before his death.

In the late 1990s, he put his own career on the backburner to care for his father, Eddie Albert, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Edward recalled a moment when his father was in the early stages of the disease, they were sitting together and, "I said to him 'You're my hero.' I saw him struggling to put together the words, and he looked at me and said: 'You're your hero's hero.' I'll take that to my . . . grave." Eddie Albert died at the age of 99 in 2005. Edward Albert, who was just 55, passed away as a result of lung cancer just 16 months later.

He was survived by his wife of nearly three decades, former actress Katherine Woodville, his daughter, Thais Carmen, a singer/songwriter with the rock band Sugar in Wartime, and his sister, Maria.

Selected film credits:
The Fool Killer (1965)
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
40 Carats (1973)
Midway (1976)
The Purple Taxi (1977)
The Domino Principle (1977)
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
When Time Ran Out... (1980)
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
Butterfly (1982)
A Time to Die (1982)
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Getting Even (1986)
The Rescue (1988)
Guarding Tess (1994)

Selected TV-movies/Miniseries/Pilots/Miscellaneous TV:
Killer Bees (1974)
Death Cruise (1974)
Black Beauty (1978)
The Millionaire (1978)
Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979)
The Last Convertible (1979)
Blood Feud (1983)

Selected TV guest appearances:
Kung Fu
The Rookies
Medical Story
Police Story
Ellery Queen
The Love Boat
Today's F.B.I.
Tales of the Unexpected
Murder, She Wrote
The Hitchhiker
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
Houston Knights
Silk Stalkings
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
L.A. Law
In the Heat of the Night
Dark Justice
Walker, Texas Ranger
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
The Sentinel
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Nash Bridges
Martial Law

Television series:
The Yellow Rose (1983-1984)
Falcon Crest (1986)
Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)
Port Charles (1997-1998; 1999)
Power Rangers Time Force

Oxford University
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Edward Albert was also a photographer, sculptor, singer/songwriter, musician (guitar), and a linguist/dialectician who was fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.

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