Edward Albert Heimberger
(April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005), known professionally as Eddie Albert
, was an American
actor and activist
. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
in 1954 for his performance in Roman Holiday
, and in 1973 for The Heartbreak Kid
. Other well-known screen roles of his include Bing Edwards in the Brother Rat
films, traveling salesman Ali Hakim in the musical Oklahoma!
, and the corrupt prison warden in 1974's The Longest Yard
. He starred as Oliver Wendell Douglas
in the 1960s television situation comedy Green Acres
and as Frank MacBride in the 1970s crime drama Switch
. He also had a recurring role as Carlton Travis on Falcon Crest
, opposite Jane Wyman
Edward Albert Heimberger was born in Rock Island
, the oldest of the five children of Frank Daniel Heimberger (1874–1970), a realtor, and his wife Julia (née Jones). his mother altered his birth certificate after her marriage.
When he was one year old, his family moved to Minneapolis
. Young Edward secured his first job as a newspaper boy when he was only six. During World War I
, his German name led to taunts as "the enemy" by his classmates. He studied at Central High School in Minneapolis and joined the drama club. His schoolmate Harriette Lake (later known as actress......