The pride of Rock Island, Illinois, Albert graduated from the University of Minnesota before beginning a mind-boggling career. An MC in a magic show. Singer and comedian. Broadway actor, then on to the movies, then on to ... life as a trapeze artist and clown in a one-ring Mexican circus, his base for espionage activities as he spied upon Nazi agents in Mexico. There was the war interlude, followed by:
Then more acting, on TV with Green Acres, where his Olivah Wendall Douglas rarely got to finish a sentence except in the theme song, and in memorable silver screen work like The Longest Yard and Escape to Witch Mountain. Trash movie mavens also remember his starring role in The Devil's Rain, an epic tale of good versus the ram-horned evil of Ernest Borgnine.
After the war, he started Eddie Albert Productions, which made 16 millimeter educational films. Among his best-known were "Human Growth," a sex-education film for 11-year-olds, and "Human Beginnings," for 6-year-olds.