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Also Known As: Died: September 22, 2006
Born: February 20, 1951 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Albert has a Black Belt in kenjutsu (sword fighting), in the Niten (Two Heaven Style), using long swords (katanas).

Extremely proud of his Latino origins (his mother Margo hailed from Mexico City), Albert helped found Plaza de la Raza, a community arts center that for 25 years has taught the arts to 500 Latino children a week. As of 1997, the complex at Plaza includes a 235-seat theater, two outdoor stages, a dance studio, art space and expansive classrooms.

Albert's earliest work as an environmentalist was as a member of the historic Berkeley expedition to Ana Capa Island which discovered decimation of eggs of pelican rookeries. Testing at Berkeley determined the eggs' thin shells resulted from DDT absorbed by parents, affecting calcium retention. These findings led directly to the banning of DDT and several other pesticides, as well as the indirect salvation of many then-endangered species. Albert also worked 15 years to preserve the 150 acre Escondido Canyon and legendary Escondido Falls (1000 foot waterfall called by THE WALKING GUIDE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA the most beautiful in the region), resulting in the purchase of the canyon by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

As a photo-journalist, Albert travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, publishing articles accompanied by his photographs, and also worked with a National Geographic photo assignment team at Native American ceremonials in the Southwestern United States. He has had sold-out exhibitions of his photography in both London and Los Angeles and is preparing the photo book "Sacred Vision", a bound edition of images of traditional Native American medicine animals. He has also championed the preservation of Native American sacred and habitation sites.

Albert made his London stage debut in "A Terribly Strange Bed", directed by Orson Welles, and his Los Angeles stage debut came as Fortinbras in the Gordon Davidson production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Mark Taper Forum. Among his other theatrical performances, he acted in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" and in "Room Service", portrayed the same role in which Eddie Albert had made his stage debut years before.

Albert lives with his family in a home he built with his own hands from the ground up. Since 1985, he and wife Kate have operated an equestrian training and boarding facility at their ranch in Malibu. He has also received a Palisades Award and a Harriet Hugo Award for his poetry.

A musician and composer, Albert did studio work with such people as Rita Coolidge, Joni Mitchell, Glen Campbell, Booker T and Ry Cooder.

About his time in Russia during the breakup of the Soviet Union: "I did a film called 'Ice Runner'. We were shooting a chase scene in Red Square [in Moscow] when the tanks started coming in. We had a young trainee walking toward the tanks with a bullhorn saying, 'We have the square until 5, we have the square until 5!' thinking it was a parade. The news said they shot four people, but I counted at least 16 that I saw, so it was hairier than most people realize." --Edward Albert in Soap Opera Digest, October 14, 1997.

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