Eddie Albert


Actor
Eddie Albert

About

Also Known As
Edward Albert Sr., Edward Albert Heimberger
Birth Place
Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Born
April 22, 1906
Died
May 26, 2005
Cause of Death
Complications From Pneumonia

Biography

This personable character actor from radio and the stage entered films in 1938, reprising his stage role as the star pitcher for a military college's baseball team in "Brother Rat." In his long and varied stage, screen and television career, Eddie Albert has had roles that have ranged from amiable best friend of the romantic lead to charming con men to outright villains. Raised in Minnea...

Photos & Videos

Roman Holiday - Movie Posters
Escape to Witch Mountain - Movie Poster
The Joker is Wild - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Margo
Wife
Actor, singer, dancer. Married from 1945 until her death on July 17, 1985.

Notes

Participated in the World Hunger Conference in Rome (1974).

Received the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University in 1982.

Biography

This personable character actor from radio and the stage entered films in 1938, reprising his stage role as the star pitcher for a military college's baseball team in "Brother Rat." In his long and varied stage, screen and television career, Eddie Albert has had roles that have ranged from amiable best friend of the romantic lead to charming con men to outright villains.

Raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Albert began his career as a singer and stage manager in local theater. By the mid-1930s, he had toured the USA with the singing group Threesome and had begun to work on radio. "O Evening Star" (1935-36) marked his Broadway debut and in 1936 he had a co-starring role in "Brother Rat," the role which brought him to Hollywood. Throughout his career, he would venture back to the stage with memorable turns in Rodgers and Hart's "The Boys from Syracuse" (1938), Irving Berlin's ill-fated "Miss Liberty" (1949), Harold Hill in "The Music Man" (1960) and an all-star revival of "You Can't Take It With You" (1983).

Once in Hollywood, Albert quickly became established as a stalwart character player. He reprised his turn as Bing Edwards in the sequel "Brother Rat and a Baby" (1940). Despite solid work throughout the 40s, it wasn't until the 50s that Albert began to garner breakout roles. He was a traveling salesman who encounters Jennifer Jones' "Carrie" (1952) and had one of his most memorable roles as a photographer who snaps a shot of a runaway princess in William Wyler's "Roman Holiday" (1953), a role that earned him his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Other memorable roles included the reformed alcoholic in "I'll Cry Tomorrow" and the itinerant peddler in love with Ado Annie (Gloria Grahame) in "Oklahoma!" (both 1955), the psychiatrist in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956) and the psychologically fragile army colonel haunted by the deaths of his men in "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963). Albert earned a second Best Supporting Oscar nomination as Cybill Shepherd's cool, WASP father who wants to keep her away from the Jewish Charles Grodin in Elaine May's "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972). While Albert continued to appear in features into the 1980s, few of his later roles were memorable, with the exception of his turn as the prison warden blackmailing inmate Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard" (1974).

The small screen has also proven hospitable to the actor's wide-ranging talents. A former circus performer, Albert broke into the medium appearing in numerous live broadcasts during the so-called "Golden Age of Television." He landed his first series berth as a man working for his father-in-law (Ed Begley) in the short-lived "Leave It to Larry" (CBS, 1952). The following year, Albert hosted the NBC variety series "Nothing But the Best" and later handled hosting chores on the CBS game show "On Your Account" (1954-56). Perhaps his best-remembered role, however, was on "Green Acres" (CBS, 1965-71), as Oliver Douglas, the Manhattan attorney who, with his socialite wife (Eva Gabor), leaves the city behind to become a farmer. (During the sitcom's first season, Albert also made appearances on another CBS sitcom "Petticoat Junction" which was set in the same fictional town of Hooterville.) Although CBS dumped "Green Acres" in 1971 when it was clearing house of series with rural appeal, some TV historians now consider the show to have been an astute, if somewhat low content, social satire. Albert returned to the weekly format as Robert Wagner's con-man father on "Switch" (CBS, 1975-78) (CBS).

The actor has remained a staple on the small screen as a guest actor and in longforms well into the 90s. He made his TV-movie debut in "See the Man Run" (ABC, 1971) and later starred in the 1973 NBC production of "The Borrowers," based on the children's classic about a family of tiny people living in the cracks and crevasses of a home. Other memorable roles have included as the aged statesman in "Benjamin Franklin: The Ambassador" (CBS, 1974), a plantation owner in "Beulah Land" (NBC, 1980) and the unscrupulous judge in "Dress Grey" (NBC, 1984). In 1989, Albert made the first of several appearances as Timothy Busfield's father on "thirtysomething" (ABC) and was a media mogul in the small screen remake of "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC, 1995).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Barefoot Executive (1995)
Return to Green Acres (1990)
Deadly Illusion (1989)
Theo
The Big Picture (1989)
Brenda Starr (1989)
Mercy Or Murder (1987)
Joe Varon
Terminal Entry (1987)
Captain Danny Jackson
Stitches (1986)
Dean Bradley
Head Office (1986)
In Like Flynn (1985)
Bill White
Dreamscape (1984)
Burning Rage (1984)
Will Larson
The Demon Murder Case (1983)
The Act (1982)
Rooster (1982)
Yes, Giorgio (1982)
Henry Pollack
Take This Job And Shove It (1981)
Oklahoma City Dolls (1981)
Foolin' Around (1980)
Trouble in High Timber Country (1980)
Carroll Yeager
How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980)
Yesterday (1979)
Bart Kramer
The Concorde--Airport '79 (1979)
Moving Violation (1976)
Birch Interval (1976)
Hustle (1975)
Whiffs (1975)
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Dr Samuel Richards
Switch (1975)
Frank Macbride
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Promise Him Anything... (1975)
Pop
The Take (1974)
Chief Berrigan
McQ (1974)
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Borrowers (1973)
Pod Clock
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Mr. [Duane] Corcoran
Fireball Forward (1972)
See the Man Run (1971)
Seven Women (1966)
Charles Pether
The Party's Over (1966)
Ben
Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)
Rider Otto
Captain Newman, M. D. (1963)
Col. Norval Algate Bliss
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
Clint Morgan
Madison Avenue (1962)
Harvey Ames
The Longest Day (1962)
Colonel Newton
The Two Little Bears (1961)
Harry Davis
The Young Doctors (1961)
Dr. Charles Dornberger
Beloved Infidel (1959)
Bob Carter
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
Abe Fields
The Gun Runners (1958)
"Papa" Hanagan
Orders to Kill (1958)
The Joker Is Wild (1957)
Austin Mack
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Bill Gorton
Attack (1956)
Capt. Erskine Cooney
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Capt. McLean
I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Burt McGuire
The Girl Rush (1955)
Elliot Atterbury
Oklahoma! (1955)
Ali Hakim
Roman Holiday (1953)
Irving Radovich
Carrie (1952)
Charles [S.] Drouet
Actor's Blood and Woman of Sin (1952)
Orlando Higgens
You're in the Navy Now (1951)
Lt. Bill Barron
Meet Me After the Show (1951)
Chris Leeds
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
Humphrey Briggs
You Gotta Stay Happy (1949)
Bullets Baker
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
Harry Proctor, also known as Joe
The Dude Goes West (1948)
Daniel Bone
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947)
Kip Walker
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Capt. Gil Cummings
Time Out of Mind (1947)
Jack Bullard
Smash Up--The Story of a Woman (1947)
Steve Anderson
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Jeffrey Dolan
Strange Voyage (1946)
Chris Thompson
Ladies' Day (1943)
Wacky Waters
Lady Bodyguard (1943)
Terry Moore
Bombardier (1943)
Tom Hughes
Treat 'Em Rough (1942)
"Panama Kid", Bill Kingsford
Eagle Squadron (1942)
Leckie
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
Eddie Barnes
Four Mothers (1941)
Clint Forrest
The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)
[Robert] "Dreamy" Smith
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Matt Varney
Out of the Fog (1941)
George Watkins
An Angel from Texas (1940)
Peter ["Tex"] Coleman
A Dispatch from Reuters (1940)
Max Wagner
My Love Came Back (1940)
Dusty Rhodes
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
Bing Edwards
Four Wives (1939)
Dr. Clinton Forrest Jr.
On Your Toes (1939)
Phil Dolan Jr.
Brother Rat (1938)
Bing Edwards

Music (Feature Film)

Son-In-Law (1993)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Eva Gabor (1999)
Frank Sinatra: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
Interviewee
Victory in the Pacific (1995)
Art Linkletter on Positive Aging: Alternative Living, Senior Rip-Offs, and Grandparenting (1994)
A Norman Rockwell Christmas (1994)
The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Christmas With the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit (1989)
Daddy Can't Read (1988)
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (1985)
Parade of Stars (1983)
Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
Living in Paradise (1981)
Vincent Slattery
Siegfried and Roy (1980)
Host
The Ambassador (1974)
Benjamin Franklin
Daddy's Girl (1973)
Bob Randall
Li'l Abner (1971)
Howdy (1970)
The Spiral Staircase (1961)
Hollywood Sings (1960)
Guest
The Ballad of Louie the Louse (1959)
Paul Hughes
Johnny Belinda (1955)
Dr Jack Davidson
The Chocolate Soldier (1955)
Bumerli
A Connecticut Yankee (1955)
Martin Barret

Music (Special)

Living in Paradise (1981)
Theme Performer ("That'S The Way I Am")

Cast (Short)

Operation Teahouse (1956)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Desilu Story: The Rags to Riches Success of the Desilu Empire (2003)
The Girl From Mars (1991)
War and Remembrance (1988)
Dress Gray (1986)
Judge Hand
Goliath Awaits (1981)
Peter and Paul (1981)
Beulah Land (1980)
Evening in Byzantium (1978)
The Word (1978)
Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (1972)
Narrator

Life Events

1933

Made professional debut as singer and stage manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1935

Broadway debut in "O Evening Star"

1935

Co-starred with Grace Albert on the NY radio show, "The Honeymooners"; later toured in stage version

1936

Created role of Bing Edwards in stage version of "Brother Rat"

1938

Co-starred in Rodgers and Hart's musical "The Boys from Syracuse"

1938

Film acting debut, repeating his Broadway role in "Brother Rat"

1941

Appeared with Circus Moderno in Mexico

1945

Formed educational film company, Eddie Albert Productions

1951

Made TV episodic debut in "Somerset Maugham TV Theatre" (NBC)

1952

Featured in first TV comedy series, "Leave It to Larry"

1953

Had one of his more enduring feature film roles, "Roman Holiday"; won first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1953

Tried TV series again with "Nothing But the Best" (NBC)

1954

Toured in nightclub act with wife, Margo

1954

Hosted the CBS game show "On Your Account"

1960

Played the title role in the Broadway musical "The Music Man"

1971

TV-movie debut, "See the Man Run" (ABC)

1972

Played cool, WASP father in "The Heartbreak Kid"; received second Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1978

TV miniseries debut "The Word" (CBS)

1980

Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Beulah Land"

1983

Returned to the stage to co-star in Broadway revival of "You Can't Take It With You"

1987

Appeared on one season of "Falcon Crest" (CBS)

1989

Played Elliot's father on "thirtysomething" (ABC)

1995

Had featured role in TV remake of "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)

Photo Collections

Roman Holiday - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for William Wyler's Roman Holiday (1953), starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Escape to Witch Mountain - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain (1975). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Joker is Wild - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Joker is Wild (1957), starring Frank Sinatra. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Roman Holiday (1953) - Care To Make A Statement? The ending of the escape from official guest quarters by visiting Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), only beginning to feel the effect of a sleep medication, and the introduction of reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) and buds, especially cameraman Irving (Eddie Albert), in William Wyler's Roman Holiday. 1953.
Big Picture, The (1989) - Only The Artistically Incorrupt Ending director Christopher Guest’s credits and incorporating uncredited Eddie Albert as the MC and two of the (highly satirical) student films up for awards at the (fictional) National Film Institute, (the first with cameos by Elliott Gould, June Lockhart, Roddy McDowall and Stephen Collins) Kevin Bacon (as nominee Nick, with girlfriend Emily Longstreth) in the audience, Jason Gould, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Dan Schneider his fellows, in The Big Picture, 1989.
Brother Rat (1938) - How Do You Keep From Getting Caught? Girl-crazy VMI cadet Billy (Wayne Morris), with distracted roommate Bing (Eddie Albert), awaits his slightly stand-offish girlfriend, local belle Joyce (Priscilla Lane) and her college roommate Claire (Jane Wyman), in town for the big baseball weekend before graduation, early in Warner Bros.’ Brother Rat, 1938.
Brother Rat (1938) - Youthful High Spirits Opening with exteriors from the real Virginia Military Institute where the story takes place, with the Stonewall Jackson statue, we meet ballplayer-cadets Wayne Morris as Billy, Eddie Albert as Bing, Ronald Reagan as catcher Dan, and “rats” William Tracey as Misto and Johnnie Davis as Townsend, in Warner Bros.’ Brother Rat, 1938.
Brother Rat (1938) - An All-Around Man Big reveal here as we find out why Virginia Military Institute cadet and star pitcher Bing (Eddie Albert, in his first picture, in a role he originated on Broadway) has been so anxious for the arrival of his girl Kate (Jane Bryan) before the big game weekend, and she has a big surprise, in the Warner Bros’ hit Brother Rat, 1938.
McQ (1974) - Kept Him Off The Street Seattle cop John Wayne (title character) wants his captain (Eddie Albert) to let him go after the drug dealer he thinks shot his partner, which of course he won’t allow, so Duke goes ahead and surveils the guy, Santiago (Al Lettieri), anyway, early in director John Sturges’ McQ, 1974.
Dreamscape (1984) - He Was An Authentic Genius Introducing principals via the pacey opening with Virginia Kiser running from a nuclear fireball, awakening Eddie Albert, Madison Mason checking on him, then Dennis Quaid in a photo, Max von Sydow as Dr. Novotny, Kate Capshaw as Dr. Devries, Christopher Plummer as Blair, then finally at the Los Alamitos track, in the popular sci-fi/thriller Dreamscape, 1984.
Dreamscape (1984) - This Nuclear Madness An abrupt edit begins another nuclear-horror nightmare which again turns out to be in the mind of the widower president (Eddie Albert), comforted by his daughter (Kate Charleson) then receiving Christopher Plummer as mysterious government player Blair, whose motives not revealed, in Dreamscape, 1984.
Teahouse Of The August Moon, The (1956) - How Did You Get Into Psychological Warfare? Native Okinawan servant Sakini (Marlon Brando) running circles around the American occupiers, in this case blowhard Colonel Purdy (Paul Ford), who receives new man Fisby (co-star Glenn Ford), in whom he’s immediately disappointed, in The Teahouse Of The August Moon, 1956.
Roman Holiday (1953) - Scooter Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) doesn't know that reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) and his photographer buddy (Eddie Albert) know her true identity, and they don't expect her to drive the scooter, thus this famous on-location romp, largely with stunt riders, in William Wyler's Roman Holiday, 1953.
Joker Is Wild, The (1957) - All The Way The movie is maybe unfairly known mostly for this song, the Academy Award-winning instant classic by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, Sinatra as showman Joe E. Brown in 1920's Chicago, threatened by a gangster (Leonard Graves), reassuring pal Eddie Albert, in The Joker Is Wild, 1957.
Joker Is Wild, The (1957) - I Cried For You Director Charles Vidor's opening, rival speakeasy owners Bliss (Harold Huber) and Parker (Ted de Corsia) facing off as leading man Frank Sinatra performs, playing entertainer Joe E. Brown, the song credited to Arthur Freed, Gus Arnheim and Abe Lyman, in the 1957 bio-pic The Joker Is Wild.

Trailer

Longest Yard, The (1974) -- (Theatrical Trailer) The original trailer is a fair reflection of Robert Aldrich’s landmark football comic-drama, The Longest Yard, 1974, which received a decidedly mixed reception, but grossed better-than $22-million.
My Love Came Back -- (Original Trailer) A millionaire helps a pretty lady violinist (Olivia de Havilland) with her career in My Love Came Back (1940).
Fuller Brush Girl, The - (Re-issue Trailer) Lucille Ball stars as a daffy door-to-door saleswoman who blunders into a murder investigation in The Fuller Brush Girl (1950).
Four Mothers - (Original Trailer) The Four Daughters, then Four Wives face financial problems as motherhood approaches in Four Mothers (1941).
Dispatch From Reuters, A - (Original Trailer) An entrepreneur (Edward G. Robinson) builds an international news agency.
Brother Rat - (Original Trailer) Ronald Reagan, Eddie Albert and Wayne Morris are cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Brother Rat (1938).
Seven Women - (Original Trailer) Seven women staffing an isolated Chinese mission fight to survive a bandit attack in John Ford's last movie Seven Women (1966).
Roman Holiday - (Original Trailer) A runaway princess (Audrey Hepburn) in Rome finds love with a reporter (Gregory Peck) who knows her true identity in Roman Holiday (1953).
Wagons Roll at Night, The - (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart runs off with the circus, but keeps his hard-boiled edge in The Wagons Roll At Night (1941).
Longest Day, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast including John Wayne and Henry Fonda in a re-creation of the D-Day invasion on The Longest Day (1962).
Joker Is Wild, The - (Original Trailer) The true story of comedian Joe E. Lewis (Frank Sinatra) who fights to rebuild his life after gangsters slash his vocal cords.
Captain Newman, M.D. - (Original Trailer) A World War II Army psychiatrist (Gregory Peck) tries to help his battle-shocked patients in Captain Newman, M.D. (1964).

Promo

Family

Frank Daniel Heimberger
Father
Realtor.
Julia Heimberger
Mother
Maria Albert
Daughter
Edward Albert
Son
Actor, director. Born February 20, 1951.

Companions

Margo
Wife
Actor, singer, dancer. Married from 1945 until her death on July 17, 1985.

Bibliography

Notes

Participated in the World Hunger Conference in Rome (1974).

Received the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University in 1982.

In 1960, Albert was announced as the first host of the CBS revival of the "Candid Camera" series, but was dropped before the premiere in favor of Arthur Godfrey.