Actor Edward Albert, star of "Butterflies Are Free" and the son of "Green Acres" star Eddie Albert, has died at the age of 55.
The younger actor passed away in his Malibu home on Friday (Sept. 22) of lung cancer, report news sources.
Edward Laurence Albert was born on Feb. 20, 1951 and was named for his father and a family friend, legendary actor Laurence Olivier. When Albert was 13, he made his film debut playing a runaway opposite Anthony Perkins in 1965's "the Fool Killer."
His second film, 1972's "Butterflies Are Free," won him acclaim for his portrayal of a young blind man who breaks free of his overprotective mother in order to live his own life and in the process strikes up a friendship with his sexy, liberated neighbor, played by Goldie Hawn.
After receiving a Golden Globe award as the most promising male newcomer for that role, Albert went on to appear in more than 50 additional movies including "40 Carats," "The Greek Tycoon," the "Fist Fighter" films, "The Ice Runner" and "Guarding Tess."
He also had a prolific television career that included appearances on "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "Falcon Crest," "Beauty and the Beast," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "L.A. Law," "Profiler," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Port Charles" and "Power Rangers: Time Force."
Albert was an activist who served on both the California Coastal Commission as well as the Native American Heritage Commission.
He is survived by his wife, actress Kate Woodville; a daughter, singer-songwriter for the band Sugar in Wartime; and his sister, Maria Zucht.
'Butterflies Are Free' Star Albert Dies
Actor was also known for his activism