'Green Acres' star Eddie Albert dies at 99

May 28, 2005 at 8:51 AM
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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., May 28 (UPI) -- Screen, stage and television star Eddie Albert died this week at his California home from pneumonia at the age of 99, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Albert was best known for his role as a Park Avenue lawyer who moves into a dilapidated farmhouse in the popular 1960s sitcom "Green Acres."

An outspoken environmentalist and humanitarian activist, he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about 10 years ago, his son, Edward Lawrence Albert, told the Times.

His acting career spanned more than six decades, with appearances in nearly 100 films, including 1953's "Roman Holiday," for which Albert earned the first of his two Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor.

His second Oscar nomination came two decades later playing Cybill Shepherd's wealthy, exasperated father in "The Heartbreak Kid," the 1972 Neil Simon-Elaine May comedy, the Times said.

Among Albert's other films included "Oklahoma!," "I'll Cry Tomorrow," "Teahouse of the August Moon," and "The Longest Day."

But he is best remembered for "Green Acres," a hit CBS sitcom from 1965 to 1971 and which continues to be aired on cable TV.

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