The son of actors Eddie Albert and Margo, Edward Albert was educated abroad at Oxford University. While chronologically his movie debut was in 1965's The Fool Killer, Albert didn't seriously pursue acting as a profession until his early twenties. In 1972, he made his film-starring bow in Butterflies are Free (1972), playing a well-adjusted sightless youth who becomes the object of hippie-like Goldie Hawn's affections. His next film, Forty Carats (1973), was like Butterflies an adaptation of a popular stage play, though this time his part was less interesting. Albert's subsequent films are most likely not as rewarding to him as his ongoing hobby of photography. Ardent TV viewers have seen Edward Albert in regular roles on the nighttime soap operas The Yellow Rose (1984) and Falcon Crest (1986).
Biography by Hal Erickson
- His father, Eddie Albert, was the star of the television series Green Acres. His mother, Margo Albert, was an actress who once studied dance under Rita Hayworth's father, Eduardo Cansino.
- In his early teens, made his film debut opposite Anthony Perkins in The Fool Killer (1965).
- Was studying psychology at UCLA when he got his award-winning part in Butterflies Are Free (1972).
- Served on the California Coastal Commission and California's Native American Heritage Commission.
- Cared for his ailing father during the final years of the Green Acres' star's life.
- In 2006, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy named a trail in his honor. (Like his father, he was a dedicated environmentalist.)
- Got his middle name from Laurence Olivier, his godfather.