- Began acting career as a singer and comic in Minneapolis before moving to New York City, where he made his Broadway debut in Zoe Akins' comedy O Evening Star in 1936.
- Served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and earned a Bronze Star for his heroism at the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943.
- After the war, started a production company that made educational films for schoolchildren.
- Appeared in scores of plays, films and early TV productions, but is perhaps best known for a starring role in the CBS sitcom Green Acres (1965-71) as Oliver Wendell Douglas, a New York attorney who leaves the city behind to live on a farm with his wife, who was played by Eva Gabor.
- Also an activist, was devoted to humanitarian and environmental causes, and the first Earth Day—April 22, 1970—took place on his birthday.
- Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6441 Hollywood Blvd.
- 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1972, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Margo — Wife (deceased)
- Maria Albert Zucht — Daughter
- Edward Albert Jr. — Son
- Julia Heimberger — Mother
- Frank Heimberger — Father
- Attended University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- Birth Name: Edward Albert Heimberger
- Birth Place: Rock Island, Illinois, United States
- Birthday: April 22, 1906, Taurus
- Died: May 26, 2005
- Profession: Actor
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