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
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
(1977) The Domino Principle
(1977) The Greek Tycoon
(1978) When Time Ran Out...
(1980) Galaxy of Terror
(1982) A Time to Die
(1982) The House Where Evil Dwells
(1982) Getting Even
(1986) The Rescue
(1994) Selected TV-movies/Miniseries/Pilots/Miscellaneous TV: Killer Bees
(1974) Death Cruise
(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 Paradise
Silk Stalkings Star Trek: Deep Space Nine L.A. Law In the Heat of the Night Dark Justice
Walker, Texas Ranger Profiler 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
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.