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Albert in ROMAN HOLIDAY.
About Eddie Albert (1906 – 2005)
Eddie Albert was born on April 22, 1906, in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of an insurance agent. and homemaker. He was the oldest of five children. Eddie was born two years before his parents actually got married, which really embarrassed his mother, who had his birth ceertificate changed. His family moved to Minnesota, where he attended Central High School. He was introduced to acting and loved it; yep, he was bitten by the acting bug.
Sometimes Eddie Albert is credited as Sr. or Eddie Albert Heimberger which is his birth name. Eddie changed his name early on while he was singing on radio with a trio. It seems that the announcer kept introducing him as "Eddie Hamburger," so he dropped his last name and adopted his middle name as his last.
In 1926, Eddie attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in Business, though enjoying being in productions offered by the Drama department. He eventually changed his major to Drama.
Eddie Albert was a circus clown trapeze flier before becoming a stage and radio actor. In the early 1930s', Eddie was touring with a Mexican circus in Mexico, while gathering evidence for the U.S, government on what the Nazis and Japanese were doing in and around the two Mexican territories, on the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico.
In the 1930s', Eddie headed for the stage, and performed in productions on BROADWAY. His first major play, was BROTHER RAT, in 1936, followed by ROOM SERVICE;(1937–1938) and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE; (1938–1939).
While still doing stage work, Eddie signed a contract with Warner Brothers to begin his film career. In 1938, Eddie Albert did his first film; reprising his BROTHER RAT Broadway character, in the film version of BROTHER RAT, with Ronald Reagan, Wayne Morris, Priscilla Lane and Jane Wyman.
When World War II broke out, Eddie joined the Navy in 1942. Eddie Albert was awarded the Bronze Star with a combat 'V' for bravely rescuing 70 stranded Marines with his U.S. Coast Guard landing craft, during the bloody battle of Tarawa, in 1943, despite heavy enemy machine-gun fire.
In 1945, Eddie Albert married the love of his life; actress, singer and dancer, Margo:(Maria Margarita Guadalupe Teresa Estella Castilla Bolado y O'Donnell). She was his life partner until her death in 1985. The couple had two children, Edward and Maria. Eddie and Margo were blessed with two grandchildren as well.
In the 1950s, through early the 60's, Eddie returned to Broadway and regional theatre as well, appearing in such plays as MISS LIBERTY;1949-1950, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH;(1952-1955). In the Broadway version of THE MUSIC MAN, Eddie Albert replaced Robert Preston, in 1960. Albert also played the same role of Professor Harold Hill in Saint Louis, at the Muny Theatre stage
The 1956 film, ATTACK, was one of Eddie Albert's most memorable roles, portraying the cowardly, glory-seeking company commander.
From 1948 and on, Eddie Albert enjoyed the television medium, and guest-starred in more than ninety different series until he retired. He has the distinction of writing the first drama for the infant medium TV, in 1936, as well as writing scripts for RCA radio/television.
Eddie Albert's most well-known television performance was portraying Oliver Wendel Douglas, a gentleman farmer on two hit comedy TV series: PETTICOAT JUNCTION;(1965-1968), and its spin-off, GREEN ACRES;(1965-1971), co-starring with Eva Gabor, as his wife, on both shows.
Eddie Albert also co-starred with Robert Wagner in the private detective series, SWITCH;(1975-1978). Robert was only eight years old when he saw Eddie Albert in the BROTHER RAT film, and had longed to do a series with Eddie.
Besides enjoying the admiration of his fellow thespians and the public, Albert's performances have recieved nods of appreciation from the award shows and other accolades.
For his supporting role in William Wyler's ROMAN HOLIDAY, Eddie Albert won an Oscar nomination, in 1954.
In 1960, Eddie Albert won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; At 6441 Hollywood Blvd.
Albert picked up a second Oscar nomination for his role as Cybill Shepherd's father for his memorable performance in THE HEARTBREAK KID;(1972).
Albert did win an NFSC; (National Society of Film Critics) Award for his performance in THE HEARTBREAK KID.
Albert was nominated for two Golden Globes. In 1956, he was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. IN 1974, Albert picked up another Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the film, THE LONGEST YARD.
Albert was an activist for environmental causes. Albert has produced films to aid in campaigns against pollution. Eddie Albert also helped to launch the very first "Earth Day" on April 22nd, 1970, which was his birthday.
On May 26, 2005, Eddie Albert passed away in Pacific Palisades from pneumonia, at the ripe old age of 99 years of age.
Eddie Albert's notable movie credits include...
DEATH VALLEY MEMORIES (1994)
THE BIG PICTURE (1989)
THE ACT (1982)
TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT (1981)
FOOLIN' AROUND (1980)
THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975)
THE HEARTBREAK KID (1972)
CAPTAIN NEWMAN M.D. (1963)
THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON (1956)
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE (1947)
MY LOVE CAME BACK (1940)
Eddie Albert in DREAMSCAPE (1984)
Eddie Albert with Gregory Peck in ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953).
Eddie Albert in CARRIE (1952).
Albert in THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957).