Edward Albert

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Edward Albert
Edward Albert 1977.JPG
Edward Albert in 1977
Edward Laurence Heimberger

(1951-02-20)February 20, 1951
DiedSeptember 22, 2006(2006-09-22) (aged 55)
Years active1965–2006
Katherine Woodville
(m. 1978; his death 2006)
Partner(s)Kate Jackson (mid-1970s)
Parent(s)Eddie Albert

Edward Laurence Heimberger (February 20, 1951 – September 22, 2006), known professionally as Edward Albert, was an American film and television actor.[1] The son of actor Eddie Albert, he is best remembered for his breakout starring role in Butterflies Are Free (1972) opposite Goldie Hawn, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year and was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.[2] He starred in over 130 films and television series, including Midway, The Greek Tycoon, Galaxy of Terror, The House Where Evil Dwells, The Yellow Rose, Falcon Crest, and Power Rangers Time Force.

Early life[edit]

Edward Laurence Heimberger was born in Los Angeles, California, to actor Eddie Albert (1906–2005), and Mexican actress Margo (1917–1985).


Albert made his motion picture debut in a 1965 drama, The Fool Killer,[1] as a runaway orphan who crossed paths with a disturbed Civil War veteran, played by Anthony Perkins. He is best known for his work in the film Butterflies Are Free (1972),[1] in which he played a blind man, starring opposite Goldie Hawn. In addition to winning the New Star of the Year – Actor award, Albert was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

The following year, he starred opposite Liv Ullmann in the film adaptation of the play 40 Carats. Albert appeared as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the epic 1976 film Midway, portraying the son of a famous (and fictitious) naval captain (played by Charlton Heston). Later in 1976 he made a guest appearance in an episode of the NBC dramatic series Gibbsville. He also was featured in the Gene Hackman suspense film The Domino Principle (1977) and the drama The Greek Tycoon[1] (1978) opposite Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset. In 1981, he starred opposite Ray Walston and Erin Moran in Roger Corman's cult SF horror film, Galaxy of Terror.[1]

During the 1983–1984 TV season he co-starred as Quisto Champion on the NBC series The Yellow Rose along with Sam Elliott, Cybill Shepherd and David Soul. He also had a recurring role in the late 1980s television series Beauty and the Beast, in which he played Elliot Burch, the millionaire New York developer who loved series heroine, Catherine Chandler (played by Linda Hamilton). He also played Mr. Collins, father to Wesley Collins, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Time Force.[1] Albert also voiced the blind superhero Daredevil in two episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the 1990s. Albert also appeared in the 1987 film The Underachievers.[3]

In The Ice Runner[1] (1992), he played a betrayed and threatened agent arrested in Russia, who wants to escape from his prison. In 1993, he made a guest appearance in the television show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (season 2, episodes 6 & 7, "Where the heart is" Parts 1 & 2) as Dr. William Burke, the Boston doctor competing with Sully for Dr. Mike's attention. In Guarding Tess[1] (1994), he played the son of kidnapped former First Lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine).

Personal life[edit]

Albert was a prominent advocate of both the environment and the heritage and rights of Native Americans, especially the local Chumash tribe, and served on both the California Coastal Commission and the California Native American Heritage Commission.[4] Because of his work, the Escondido Canyon has been renamed in his honor as the Edward Albert Escondido Trail and Waterfalls.[5]

Albert was engaged to actress Kate Jackson in the mid-1970s, during which time they lived together.[6] He married actress Katherine Woodville, in 1978, and had one child, daughter Thaïs "Tai" Carmen Albert.[5][7]

In his last years, Albert cared for his father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died at the age of 99 in 2005. The younger Albert was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2005. He died on September 22, 2006 at the age of 55, surviving his father by only sixteen months.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 The Fool Killer George Mellish
1972 Butterflies Are Free Don Baker Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1973 40 Carats Peter Latham
1976 Midway Lieutenant Tom Garth
1977 The Domino Principle Ross Pine
The Purple Taxi Jerry Keen
1978 The Greek Tycoon Nico Tomasis
The Squeeze Jeff Olafsen
1980 When Time Ran Out Brian
1981 Galaxy of Terror Cabren
1982 Butterfly Wash Gilespie
A Time to Die Michael Rogan
The House Where Evil Dwells Ted Fletcher
1983 Veliki transport Danny
1984 Ellie Tom
1986 Getting Even 'Tag' Taggar
1987 Distortions Jason Marks
Terminal Entry Capt. Danny Jackson
The UnderAchievers Danny Warren
1988 The Rescue Cmdr Merrill
1989 Fist Fighter Harry 'Punchy' Moses
Mind Games Dana Lund
Accidents Eric Powers
Wild Zone Colonel Elias Lavara
1990 Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kurt Williams
1992 The Ice Runner Jeffrey West
Exiled in America Filipe Soto
1993 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Mr. C
Fist Fighter 2
Broken Trust Peter Wyatt
1994 Hard Drive Examiner
Guarding Tess Barry Carlisle
The Other Man Richard
Red Sun Rising Decklin
Demon Keeper Remy Grilland
Sorceress Howard Reynolds
1996 Space Marines Capt. Gray
The Secret Agent Club Max Simpson
Kid Cop Frank Rebbins
1997 Modern Rhapsody The Choreographer
1998 The Face of Alexandre Dumas Athos
1999 Unbowed US Army Officer
2000 Stagehost U.S. Deputy Marshal Coburn
2001 Ablaze Mayor Phillips
Mimic 2 Darksuit
Night Class Shelly
Extreme Honor Senator Richards
2003 A Light in the Forest King Otto / Ridgewell
2004 No Regrets Alex Wheeler
The Work and the Glory Martin Harris
2006 A-List Alfred
Sea of Fear Captain
2007 Fighting Words Marc Neihauser
2008 Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves Charles
2010 Street Poet Marc Final film role


Year TV Series Role Notes
1973 Great Mysteries The Young Gambler
1974 Killer Bees Edward Van Bohlen TV Movie
Kung Fu Johnny Kingsley McLean Two Episodes
Death Cruise James Radney
1975 The Rookies Edward Milland Episode - "Nightmare"
Medical Story Thor Halverson Episode - "A Life in the Balance"
1976 Ellery Queen Lee Marx Episode - "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep"
Origins of the Mafia Sebastian Episode - "Gli antenati"
1975-1976 Police Story Billy Bob/Clay Peters Two episodes
1976 Gibbsville John Episode - "Afternoon Waltz"
1978 Black Beauty Lewis Barry
The Love Boat Doug Warren Two episodes
The Millionaire Paul Mathews TV Movie
1979 Silent VIcotry: The Kitty O'Neil Story Tom Buchanan TV Movie
The Last Convertible Ron Dalrymple TV Mini-series
1981 Walking Tall Clell Brewster Episode - "Kidnapped"
The Littlest Hobo Joey Green Episode - "The Hero"
1982 Today's F.B.I. Carl Episode - "Bank Job"
Tales of the Unexpected Sam Episode - "In the Bag"
1983 Blood Feud Phil Wharton TV Movie
The Yellow Rose Quisto Champion 22 Episodes
1984 Murder, She Wrote Tony Holiday Episode - "Hit, Run and Homicide"
1985 Deadly Nightmares Arthur Brown Episode - "Man at the Window"
1986 Brothers Tony Martin Episode - "Still Married After All These Years"
1987 The New Mike Hammer Oliver Alden Episode - "Deadly Collection"
1987 Houston Knights Lester Farnum Episode - "North of the Border"
1986-1987 Falcon Crest Jeff Wainwright 18 Episodes
1988 ABC Afterschool Special Bill Watson Episode - "Daddy Can't Read"
1987-1990 Beauty and the Beast Elliot Burch 10 Episodes
1991 Guns of Paradise Robert Carroll Episode - "Birthright"
The Girl from Mars Dan Puttman TV Movie>
Midnight Caller State Senator Joran Pearl Episode - "The Added Starter"
1992 Body Language Charles Stella TV Movie
Bodies of Evidence Charlie Harper Episode - "Nearest and Dearest"
Civil Wars Miles Wachtel Episode - "Das Boat House"
Silk Stalkings Edgardo/Tio Mendoza/Felix Bustamente Episode - "Scorpio Lover"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Zayra Episode - "A Man Alone"
FBI: The Untold Stories Drew Dobson Episode - "Dapper Drew"
L.A. Law Warren McElroy Episode - "Hello and Goodbye"
In the Heat of the Night Lamar Sloan Episode - "Legacy"
Time Trax Frank Haskall Episode - "Treasure of the Ages"
Dark Justice Quin Episode - "Incorrect Dosage"
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Dr. William Burke 2 episodes
1994 Fantastic Four Silver Surfer/Norrin Radd Episode - "The Boxer"
The Other Man Richard TV Movie, also released as Sexual Malice
Fortune Hunter Dave Jarrett
1995 Hawkeye Luc
Star Witness TV Movie
1996 Spider Man Daredevil/Matt Murdock 2 episodes
Walker, Texas Ranger Taylor Griffin Episode - "Cyclone"
1997 Profiler Arthur deRhodes Episode - Doppelganger
The Sentinel Dan Singleton Episode - "Disappearing Act"
High Tide Robert Janson Episode - "Ghost Story"
Port Charles Bennett Devlin Episode - 1.102
Extreme Ghostbusters Sheriff Two Episodes
California Ted McKay
1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Leader of Robbers Episode - "Gone Fishing"
Invasion America Rafe 8 Episodes
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Diamond Dave LaRouche Episode - "You Bet Your Family"
USMA West Point TV Movie
1999 Nash Bridges Charles Gandy Episode - "Angel of Mercy"
Martial Law Deputy Chief Bain Episode - "End Game"
Chicken Soup for the Soul Joe Episode - "Simple Wooden Boxes"
2000 Godzilla: The Series Briggs Episode - Vision
2001 Max Steel various voices credited as Edward Laurence Albert
Resurrection Blvd Armando Lamas Episode - "Compadres"
Power Rangers Time Force Mr. Collins 39 Episodes credited as Edward Laurence Albert
2002 The Brothers Garcia Bobby Juniors Dad Episode - "Space Race"
2003 She Spies Beck Episode - "Off with Her Head"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Edward Albert Filmography". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Edward Albert, 55; Actor Starred in Film `Butterflies Are Free'". Los Angeles Times. June 27, 2006.
  3. ^ "The Underachievers". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b Nudd, Tim (September 28, 2006). "Actor and Activist Edward Albert Dies". People. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Archerd, Army (September 25, 2006). "Edward Albert Dies". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Sheehan, David (June 4, 1979). "Charlie's Fallen Angel". People. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Edward Albert, 55, Movie and TV Actor, Dies". Associated Press. The New York Times. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2018.

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