In 1936, Albert became one of the first television actors when he performed live in RCA's first television broadcast, a promotion to their New York City radio stations. In 1938, Albert made his film debut in Brother Rat, playing cadet 'Bing' Edwards, a role he had originally performed on the New York stage.
Albert served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, when he rescued a group of wounded Marines from under enemy fire.
Albert married actress María Marguerita Guadelupe Boldao y Castilla (better known by her stage name Margo) on December 5, 1945 and they remained together until her death on July 17, 1985. The couple have two children: Edward, an actor like his parents; and Maria, a businesswoman.
In 1965, Albert took the role of Oliver Wendall Douglas in the television sitcom Green Acres, which ran through 1971. Albert played the straight man to his co-star Eva Gabor and the rest of the cast in the series about an urban couple who moved to a surreal farming community.
Albert was active in a number of causes. He and his family help support Plaza de la Raza, a center for Hispanic arts and education. Albert produced a number of educational films for children and also organized City Children's Farms, a program for creating gardens in inner cities. Albert is also very active in environmental concerns. He was one of the first people calling for a ban on DDT and International Earth Day was designated on April 22, partly in honor of his birthday.
Eddie Albert Facts
|Birth Name||Edward Albert Heimberger|
|Birthday||April 22, 1908|
|Birthplace||Rock Island, Illinois, USA|
|Date of death||May 26, 2005 (age 97)|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Eddie Albert compared to you?|
|A Bronx Tale|
|Television: The First 50 Years|
|It's A Wonderful Life|