Edward Laurence Albert
The son of TV and film star Eddie Albert and dancer-actress Margo, Edward Albert has worked steadily as an actor since the early 1970s. He made an adolescent debut in the feature "Fool Killer" (1965), then went back to school and didn't resume his career until undertaking the role of the blind hero opposite Goldie Hawn in the film version of Broadway's "Butterflies Are Free" (1972), winning a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer. Albert went on to portray Liv Ullmann's youthful lover in "40 Carats" (1973) and appeared in "Midway" (1976) and "The Domino Principle (1977) before moving to Europe for " . . . a self-designed on-the-job training course. It gave me the freedom to choose roles without worrying how it would affect my career." After acting in the critically-acclaimed "Un Taxi mauve/The Purple Taxi" (1977) in France, he returned to the USA where his feature films have included "The Greek Tycoon" (1978, as Anthony Quinn's son), "When Time Ran Out" (1980), "Butterfly" (1981), "Getting Even" (1986) and the "The Underachievers" (1987).
Television beckoned early to Albert, beginning with the 1974 ABC movie "Killer Bees" with Gloria Swanson, and he worked on TV-movies and miniseries like "Death Cruise" (ABC, 1974), "Black Beauty" (NBC, 1978) "The Last Convertible" (NBC, 1979) and "Blood Feud" (syndicated, 1983) before taking his first crack as a series regular on "The Yellow Rose" (NBC, 1983-84). He played crazed book publicist Jeff Wainwright on the popular CBS series "Falcon Crest" throughout 1986 and first portrayed Elliott Burch on CBS' "Beauty and the Beast" in 1987, a recurring role that became a regular one by the show's final season in 1989-90. 1991 saw Albert act in the TV-movie "The Girl From Mars" (The Family Channel) opposite his famous father, with whom he also filmed the never-aired CBS pilot "California", a spin-off from "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".
Albert has flourished during the 90s on both the large and small screens. He starred in the feature "The Ice Runner" (1992), filmed in Russia as the Soviet Union collapsed, acted with Karen Black in "Modern Rhapsody" (1997) and played three characters in "Illusion Infinity" (lensed 1997), which also featured his father. Additionally, he portrayed Shirley MacLaine's son in "Guarding Tess" (1994). Albert made a successful entrance to daytime TV as manipulative surgeon Bennett Devlin (from 1997-98) on the ABC soap opera "Port Charles", a spin-off of "General Hospital". As a director, he completed lensing a remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" in 1997, in which he also starred.