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Eddie Albert

Eddie Albert is an American actor. Born as Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, Illinois, Albert spent his early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from University of Minnesota, Albert pursued a show business career through jobs as a stage actor, nightclub singer and trapeze performer in a Mexican circus.

In 1936, Albert became one of the first television actors when he performed live in RCA's first television broadcast, a promotion to their New York City radio stations. In 1938, Albert made his film debut in Brother Rat, playing cadet 'Bing' Edwards, a role he had originally performed on the New York stage.

Albert served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, when he rescued a group of wounded Marines from under enemy fire.

Albert married actress MarĂ­a Marguerita Guadelupe Boldao y Castilla (better known by her stage name Margo) on December 5, 1945 and they remained together until her death on July 17, 1985. The couple have two children: Edward, an actor like his parents; and Maria, a businesswoman.

In 1965, Albert took the role of Oliver Wendall Douglas in the television sitcom Green Acres, which ran through 1971. Albert played the straight man to his co-star Eva Gabor and the rest of the cast in the series about an urban couple who moved to a surreal farming community.

Albert was active in a number of causes. He and his family help support Plaza de la Raza, a center for Hispanic arts and education. Albert produced a number of educational films for children and also organized City Children's Farms, a program for creating gardens in inner cities. Albert is also very active in environmental concerns. He was one of the first people calling for a ban on DDT and International Earth Day was designated on April 22, partly in honor of his birthday.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Eddie Albert Facts

Birth NameEdward Albert Heimberger
BirthdayApril 22, 1908
BirthplaceRock Island, Illinois, USA
Date of deathMay 26, 2005 (age 97)
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Eddie Albert compared to you?

Selected Filmography

A Bronx Tale
Apocalypse Now
Bruce Almighty
Television: The First 50 Years
It's A Wonderful Life
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