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Eddie Albert



One of the most versatile American movie actors of the mid-20th century, Eddie Albert missed out on stardom but, instead, enjoyed a 50-year-plus screen career that encompassed everything from light comedy and zany satire to the most savage war dramas. Born Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, IL, he attended the University of Minnesota. After working as everything from soda jerk to a circus acrobat (with a short stint as a nightclub and radio singer), Albert headed for New York City, where he scored a hit in the play Brother Rat, portraying military cadet Bing Edwards. He also starred in Room Service on-stage before heading to Hollywood, where he was signed by Warner Bros. to recreate his stage role in the 1938 film Brother Rat. Albert was known for his comedic work during the early years of his career -- his other early major credits included The Boys From Syracuse and Boy Meets Girl on-stage and On Your Toes (1939) onscreen. When he did appear in dramas, such as A Dispatch From Reuters (1940), it was usually as a light, secondary lead or male ingénue, similar to the kinds of parts that Dick Powell played during his callow, youthful days.



Albert had an independent streak that made him unusual among actors of his era -- he actually quit Warner Bros. at one point, preferring to work as a circus performer for eight dollars per day. The outbreak of World War II sent Albert into the U.S. Navy as a junior officer, and he distinguished himself during 1943 in the fighting on Tarawa. Assigned as the salvage officer in the shore party of the second landing wave (which engaged in heavy fighting with the Japanese), his job was to examine military equipment abandoned on the battlefield to see if it should be retrieved; but what he found were wounded men who had been left behind under heavy fire. Albert took them off the beach in a small launch not designed for that task, earning commendations for his bravery. A bona fide hero, he was sent home to support a War Bond drive (though he never traded on his war experiences, and didn't discussing them in detail on-camera until the 1990s).



When Albert resumed his acting career in 1945, he had changed; he displayed a much more serious, intense screen persona, even when he was doing comedy. He was also a much better actor, though it took ten years, and directors Robert Aldrich and David Miller, to show the movie-going public just how good he was. Ironically, when Albert did return to films, the roles weren't really there for him, so he turned to television and theatrical work during the early '50s. His best movie from this period was The Dude Goes West (1948), an offbeat comedy-Western directed by Kurt Neumann in a vein similar to Along Came Jones. The mid-'50s saw Albert finally achieve recognition as a serious actor, first with his Oscar-nominated supporting performance in William Wyler's hit Roman Holiday (1953) and then, three years later, in Robert Aldrich's brutal World War II drama Attack!, in which he gave the performance of a lifetime as a cowardly, psychopathic army officer. From that point on, Albert got some of the choicest supporting dramatic parts in Hollywood, in high-profile movies such as The Longest Day and small-scale gems like David Miller's Captain Newman, M.D. Indeed, the latter film, in which he played a more sympathetic disturbed military officer, might represent his single best performance onscreen. His ability at comedy wasn't forgotten, however, and, in 1965, he took on the starring role of Oliver Wendell Douglas (opposite Eva Gabor) in the TV series Green Acres, in which he got to play the straight man to an array of top comic performers for six seasons. The show developed a cult following among viewers, ranging from small children to college students, and became a pop-culture institution.



The movie business had changed by the time Albert re-entered films in 1971, but he still snagged an Oscar nomination for his work (in a

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Barefoot Executive
  • Herbert Gower
1995
No Score Yet Brenda Starr
  • Maloney
1992
No Score Yet Girl From Mars
  • Dr. Charles Favender
1991
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "Cry of Silence"
  • Actor
1991
91% The Big Picture
  • Emcee
1989
No Score Yet The Heist
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Fist Fighter
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Rescue
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Accidents
  • Eddie Powers
1988
No Score Yet Distortions
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Turnaround
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Mercy or Murder?
  • Joe Varon
1987
No Score Yet Getting Even (Hostage: Dallas)
  • Actor
1986
0% Head Office
  • Helmes
1986
No Score Yet Dress Gray
  • Judge Hand
1986
No Score Yet Stitches
  • Dean Bradley
1985
No Score Yet Burning Rage
  • Will Larson
1984
75% Dreamscape
  • The President
1984
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Fall Guy
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Yes, Giorgio
  • Henry Pollack
1982
No Score Yet The House Where Evil Dwells
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Beyond Witch Mountain
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Goliath Awaits
  • Admiral Sloan
1981
No Score Yet Night School (Terror Eyes)
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Peter and Paul
  • Festus
1981
No Score Yet Yesterday (Gabrielle) (Scoring) (The Victory) (This Time Forever)
  • Bart Kramer
1981
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It
  • Samuel Ellison
1981
No Score Yet Beulah Land
  • Felix Kendrick
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Max
1980
No Score Yet Foolin' Around
  • Daggett
1980
14% The Concorde... Airport '79
  • Eli
1979
No Score Yet The Border
  • Moffat
1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401
  • Captain Dunn
1978
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Word
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Moving Violation
  • Alex Warren
1977
No Score Yet Birch Interval
  • Pa Strawacher
1976
67% Hustle
  • Leo Sellers
1975
No Score Yet Whiffs
  • Col. Lockyer
1975
76% Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Jason
1975
20% The Devil's Rain
  • Dr. Sam Richards
1975
81% The Longest Yard
  • Warden Rudolph Hazen
1974
50% McQ
  • Kosterman
1974
No Score Yet The Borrowers
  • Pod Clock
1973
No Score Yet Fireball Forward
  • Col. Douglas Graham
1972
91% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Mr. Corcoran
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Dead Weight
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Mouse on the Mayflower
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet 7 Women
  • Charles Pether
1966
No Score Yet Party's Over
  • Ben
1966
No Score Yet Green Acres - The Collector's Edition
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Strange Voyage (El extraño viaje)
  • Chris Thompson
1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Col. Bliss
1963
No Score Yet Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Rider Otto
1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action?
  • Clint Morgan
1963
92% The Longest Day
  • Col. Thompson
1962
No Score Yet Madison Avenue
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet The Young Doctors
  • Dr. Charles Dornberger
1961
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel
  • Bob Carter
1959
No Score Yet Orders to Kill
  • Maj. MacMahon
1958
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven
  • Abe Fields
1958
No Score Yet The Gun Runners
  • Hanagan
1958
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises
  • Bill Gorton
1957
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild
  • Austin Mack
1957
100% Attack
  • Capt. Erskine Cooney
1956
No Score Yet Bell Science - Our Mr. Sun
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow
  • Burt McGuire
1955
96% Oklahoma!
  • Ali Hakim
1955
98% Roman Holiday
  • Irving Radovich
1953
No Score Yet I'm a Fool
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Charles Drouet
1952
No Score Yet Actors and Sin
  • Orlando Higgens
1952
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now
  • Lt. Bill Barron
1951
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl
  • Humphrey Briggs
1950
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Be Married
  • Harry Proctor/'Old' Joe
1949
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy
  • Bullets Baker
1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Daniel Bone
1948
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Mermaid barker
1947
No Score Yet Time Out Of Mind
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Steve Nelson
1947
No Score Yet Rendezvous with Annie
  • Cpl. Jeffrey Dolan
1946
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage
  • Gil Cummins
1946
No Score Yet Bombardier
  • Tom Hughes
1943
No Score Yet Out of the Fog
  • George Watkins
1941
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night
  • Matt Varney
1941
No Score Yet Four Mothers
  • Clint Forrest
1941
No Score Yet My Love Came Back
  • Dusty Rhodes
1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas
  • Peter 'Tex' Coleman
1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good)
  • 'Bing' Edwards
1940
No Score Yet Four Wives
  • Dr. Clinton Forrest Jr.
1939
No Score Yet On Your Toes
  • Phil Dolan Jr.
1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat
  • "Bing" Edwards
1938
No Score Yet Dude Goes Out West
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Actor
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

Quotes from Eddie Albert's Characters