Edward Albert, born as Edward Laurence Heimberger, was an American actor best known for his breakout role as Don Baker, a blind man, in the comedy-drama film ‘Butterflies Are Free.’ The role earned him the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. Born in California to actor cum activist Eddie Albert and Mexican actress Margo, Albert was himself an advocate for preserving the heritage, environment, and rights of Native Americans. He served on California Native American Heritage Commission and the California Coastal Commission. In terms of education, he attended Oxford University and studied psychology at UCLA. Married to actress Katherine Woodville, Albert fathered one child, a daughter, during his lifetime. In his last years, he cared for his father who had Alzheimer's disease and died in 2005 at the age of 99. He himself died in September 2006 from lung cancer, surviving his late father by only sixteen months.
Childhood & Early Life
Edward Albert was born on February 20, 1951, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His mother was the Mexican actress Margo and his father was the American actor Eddie Albert. He had a sister named Maria Zucht.
He studied at Oxford University and later attended University of California, Los Angeles.
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In 1972, Edward Albert gave his breakthrough performance when he appeared as a blind man named Don Baker in ‘Butterflies Are Free’. Apart from earning the New Star of the Year – Actor award, he also got a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor.
In 1973, he appeared in ‘40 Carats’, a romantic comedy also starring Liv Ullmann, Gene Kelly, Deborah Raffin, Binnie Barnes and Nancy Walker. After this, the actor featured in two episode of the series ‘Kung Fu’ as Johnny Kingsley McLean.
From 1975 to 1976, he starred in the crime drama series ‘Police Story’. During this time, Albert also played Lieutenant Tom Garth, the son of a famous naval captain in the technicolor war movie ‘Midway’.
He guest-starred in two episodes of the comedy/drama TV series ‘The Love Boat’. In 1977, the actor appeared as Ross Pine in ‘The Domino Principle’, a thriller film based on Adam Kennedy’s novel of the same name.
He was cast in the role of Nico Tamisis in the film ‘The Greek Tycoon’ (1978) which was loosely based on the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and his relationship with the American socialite Jacqueline Kennedy.
In the mid-1980s, Albert made guest appearances in a number of television programs including ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘Brothers’, ‘Deadly Nightmares’, ‘Houston Knights’ and ‘The New Mike Hammer’.
In 1987, he started playing Elliot Burch in the fantasy drama series ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and also did the films ‘Terminal Entry’ and ‘The UnderAchievers’.
Following his appearance in two episodes each of ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’, ‘Spider Man’ and ‘Extreme Ghostbusters’, the American artiste played Rafe in the sitcom ‘Invasion America’.
He featured in the series ‘Power Rangers Time Force’ as Mr. Collins in 2001. In 2003, he had a role in the movie ‘A Light in the Forest’ starring Lindsay Wagner. Albert appeared in the film ‘Sea of Fear,’ a story about a group of individuals on a boat who die mysterious deaths.
In 1983, Albert starred as Quisto Champion in NBC’s soap opera ‘The Yellow Rose’ along with Cybill Shepherd, Sam Elliott, and David Soul. The series followed the intrigues of the Champion family who owned an oil ranch called ‘The Yellow Rose.’
In 1986-87, he played Jeff Wainwright in ‘Falcon Crest’, a series revolving around the wealthy Channing/ Gioberti family in the Californian wine industry.
Family & Personal Life
In the mid-1970s, Edward Albert lived with his fiancée, actress Kate Jackson. In 1978, he married actress Katherine Woodville. The couple had a daughter, Thaïs Carmen Albert.
Albert was also a talented singer, linguist, and musician.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 and eventually died on September 22, 2006, sixteen months after the death of his father. He was 55.
The Escondido Canyon has been renamed as Edward Albert Escondido Trail and Waterfalls to honour the legendary actor.