Eddie Albert was an American actor of
Roman Holiday, Brother Rat, The Sun Also Rises,
The Longest Yard, The Heartbreak Kid, I'll Cry Tomorrow,
Oklahoma!, and TV's Green Acres and Switch fame.
Over his long career he also made guest
appearances on over 100 different TV shows.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Edward Albert Heimberger
Date, time and place of birth: April 22, 1906*,
at 11:30 a.m., Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: May 26, 2005,
at 719 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A. (Pneumonia/Alzheimer's)
Wife: Margo (m. December 5, 1945 - July 17, 1985) (her death)
Wedding took place at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Son: Edward Laurence Albert
Adopted daughter: Maria
Father: Frank Daniel Heimberger (Restaurateur/Insurance businessman)
Mother: Julia (Jones) Heimberger
Burial: He was cremated and his ashes interred in Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Career - Hobbies/sidelines
Eddie was a prolific actor whose career spanned
radio, Broadway, films and television. The
versatile two-time Academy Award nominee began
his career as a circus trapeze artist, and
singer. As an actor, he made his motion picture
debut in 1938's Brother Rat, and worked
steadily into the 1990s. Some of his more
memorable screen roles include the lovesick
peddler in the classic musical Oklahoma!,
and Gregory Peck's photographer sidekick in
William Wyler's 1953 Roman Holiday.
It was his work in Roman Holiday and
The Heartbreak Kid, that garnered Eddie
his two Oscar nominations.
He was best known to TV audiences as the
gentleman farmer in the 1960s sitcom Green
Acres. The actor actually "farmed" in real
life as well, though with far greater success
than his Green Acres' character, Oliver Wendell
Douglas, ever managed. Instead of palm trees,
fancy topiary and traditional manicured lawns
found throughout his exclusive neighborhood,
his entire front yard was a garden complete
with stalks of corn. In actuality, both the
front and back yard of his home in Pacific
Palisades, an upscale community west of Los
Angeles, were brimming with productive organic
vegetable and flower gardens.
Eddie Albert was also a pioneering crusader
for environmental causes. International Earth
Day was held on April 22nd, in honor of his
birthday, as a result of his tireless work
on behalf of environmental, conservation
and humanitarian issues.
Boating, fitness, swimming, jogging, gardening,
world travel, and the aforementioned environmental
and humanitarian activism. He was also a promoter
of agronomy to combat world hunger, and was the
most prominent figure to raise awareness about
the importance of soil conservation.
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