Edward Laurence Heimberger (February 20, 1951 – September 22, 2006), known professionally as Edward Albert, was an American film and television actor. For his breakout role in Butterflies Are Free (1972), he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor.
Edward Albert in 1977
Edward Laurence Heimberger
February 20, 1951
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||September 22, 2006 (aged 55)|
Malibu, California, U.S.
(m. 1978; his death 2006)
|Partner(s)||Kate Jackson (mid-1970s)|
Albert made his motion picture debut in a 1965 drama, The Fool Killer, 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), 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 (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.
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. 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.
In The Ice Runner (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 (1994), he played the son of kidnapped former First Lady Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine).
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. Because of his work, the Escondido Canyon has been renamed in his honor as the Edward Albert Escondido Trail and Waterfalls.
Albert was engaged to actress Kate Jackson in the mid-1970s, during which time they lived together. He and his wife, actress Katherine Woodville, married in 1978, and had one child, daughter Thaïs "Tai" Carmen Albert.
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.
|1965||The Fool Killer||George Mellish|
|1972||Butterflies Are Free||Don Baker|
|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 Tamisis|
|The Squeeze||Jeff Olafsen|
|1980||When Time Ran Out...||Brian|
|1981||Galaxy of Terror||Cabren|
|A Time to Die||Michael Rogan|
|The House Where Evil Dwells||Ted Fletcher|
|1986||Getting Even||'Tag' Taggar|
|Terminal Entry||Capt. Danny Jackson|
|The UnderAchievers||Danny Warren|
|1988||The Rescue||Cmdr Merrill|
|1989||Fist Fighter||Harry 'Punchy' Moses|
|Mind Games||Dana Lund|
|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|
|Guarding Tess||Barry Carlisle|
|The Other Man||Richard|
|Red Sun Rising||Decklin|
|Demon Keeper||Remy Grilland|
|1995||The Royal Affair|
|1996||Space Marines||Capt. Gray|
|The Secret Agent Club||Max Simpson|
|Kid Cop||Frank Rebbins|
|1997||Modern Rhapsody||The Choreographer|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||Athos|
|1999||Unbowed||US Army Officer|
|2000||Stagehost||U.S. Deputy Marshal Coburn|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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||Godzila: The Series|
|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"|
- "Edward Albert Filmography". The New York Times.
- "Edward Albert, 55; Actor Starred in Film `Butterflies Are Free'". Los Angeles Times. June 27, 2006.
- "The Underachievers". The New York Times.
- Nudd, Tim (September 28, 2006). "Actor and Activist Edward Albert Dies". People. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- Archerd, Army (September 25, 2006). "Edward Albert Dies". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- Sheehan, David (June 4, 1979). "Charlie's Fallen Angel". People. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- "Edward Albert, 55, Movie and TV Actor, Dies". Associated Press. The New York Times. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2018.