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Birth information

28 January 1936 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo

How tall is Alan Alda?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Arlene Alda

Significant features of Alan Alda

Often plays ambitious authority figures that are corrupt and unethical
New York Accent
His films often reflect his liberal political views
The role of Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on M*A*S*H...

How much money has Alan Alda earned?

M*A*S*H (1972) $220,000

Publications and Magazines about Alan Alda

Raymond Strait Alan Alda. 1987
Alan Alda Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned. 2005
Alan Alda Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. 2007

Biographical movies about Alan Alda

Biography: "Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy" 1997

What movies did Alan Alda play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Shooting an Elephant (2016) , The Four Seasons (1984) , We'll Get By (1974) ,
Directors Filmography
Betsy's Wedding (1990) , A New Life (1988) , Sweet Liberty (1986) , M*A*S*H (1983) , The Four Seasons (1981) , Hickey (1976) , 6 Rms Riv Vu (1974) ,
Actors Filmography
Ray Donovan (2019) Dr. Arthur Amiot, Marriage Story (2019) Bert Spitz, The Good Fight (2019) Solomon Waltzer, The Emperor's Newest Clothes (2018) Narrator, Horace and Pete (2016) Uncle Pete, Broad City (2016) Dr. Jay...

Birth information

28 January 1936 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo

How tall is Alan Alda?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Arlene Alda

Significant features of Alan Alda

Often plays ambitious authority figures that are corrupt and unethical
New York Accent
His films often reflect his liberal political views
The role of Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on M*A*S*H...

How much money has Alan Alda earned?

M*A*S*H (1972) $220,000

Publications and Magazines about Alan Alda

Raymond Strait Alan Alda. 1987
Alan Alda Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned. 2005
Alan Alda Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. 2007

Biographical movies about Alan Alda

Biography: "Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy" 1997

What movies did Alan Alda play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Shooting an Elephant (2016) , The Four Seasons (1984) , We'll Get By (1974) ,
Directors Filmography
Betsy's Wedding (1990) , A New Life (1988) , Sweet Liberty (1986) , M*A*S*H (1983) , The Four Seasons (1981) , Hickey (1976) , 6 Rms Riv Vu (1974) ,
Actors Filmography
Ray Donovan (2019) Dr. Arthur Amiot, Marriage Story (2019) Bert Spitz, The Good Fight (2019) Solomon Waltzer, The Emperor's Newest Clothes (2018) Narrator, Horace and Pete (2016) Uncle Pete, Broad City (2016) Dr. Jay...

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Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, and Amy Ryan in Bridge of Spies: Der Unterhändler (2015)

He did not sign on to play Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H (1972) until 6 hours before filming began on the pilot episode.

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Alan Alda in Bridge of Spies: Der Unterhändler (2015)

He commuted from his home in New Jersey to LA every weekend for 11 years while starring in M*A*S*H (1972). His wife and daughters lived in NJ, and he did not want to uproot the family to LA, especially because he did not know how long the show would last.

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Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and Loretta Swit in M*A*S*H (1972)

He, father Robert Alda and half-brother Antony Alda appeared together in an episode of M*A*S*H (1972), "Lend a Hand", during Season 8. Robert had previously appeared in "The Consultant" in Season 3.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Alda almost turned down the role of Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H (1972) because he did not want war to be a "backdrop for lighthearted hijinks... "I wanted to show that the war was a bad place to be.".

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Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, and Barbara Harris in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Suffered from a severe case of polio as a young child. At its worst point he was only able to move his left arm. He received treatment originally developed by Australian polio expert, nurse Sister Kenny, subject of the movie Sister Kenny (1946).

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Alan Alda and Barbara Harris in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Alan and his wife Arlene Alda have three daughters: Eve (born on December 12, 1958), Elizabeth Alda (born on August 20, 1960) and Beatrice Alda(born on August 10, 1961).

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

1975 People's Choice Award: Favourite Male TV-Performer

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Studied at Fordham University in New York

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Earned a reported $200,000 a week for M*A*S*H (1972) in 1980.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

"If you work very, very hard, this is the kind of actor, writer, and director you may turn out to be. And if you work extra hard, this is the kind of person you may turn out to be." - James Lipton, to students at New School University, where Alda gave an interview.

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Alan Alda and Barbara Harris in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

To show the horrors of war in a television sit-com, Alda had it written into his contract that one scene of every episode must take place in the operating room while surgery occured.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Is the first person ever to win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing. (He accomplished wins in all three categories for his work on M*A*S*H (1972) before the ending of the series).

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Served in the U. S. Army, and he went AWOL every weekend because he was dating the woman that he ultimately married, Arlene Alda.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

He was once selected as the most believable actor in the U. S.

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Alan Alda, Kathrine Baumann, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Once did a cartwheel down the aisle while on his way to accept an award that he had just won.

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Alan Alda, Clyde Kusatsu, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University (New York City, USA) in 1956.

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Alan Alda, Larry Linville, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY.

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Alan Alda and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Was one of the actors considered to play President Bartlett on The West Wing (1999). Alda later landed the role of Sen. Arnold Vinick in 2004 on that series.

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On October 19, 2003 he underwent emergency surgery while in La Serena, Chile to clear an intestinal obstruction.

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Alan Alda, Lynnette Mettey, Wayne Rogers, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Has succeeded Donald Sutherland in two roles: Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H (1972), and Flan in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). He played the latter part in an Audio Books recording. During an appearance both made at a ceremony/dinner for Queen Elizabeth II, the two happened to be standing in the reception line next to each other. As they waited for the Queen to make her way down the line, Alda whispered to Sutherland, "Thank you for my life.".

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Alan Alda in Doberkiller (1972)

He was the only actor to appear in every episode of M*A*S*H (1972).

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Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas in Jenny (1970)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 7-8. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas in Jenny (1970)

With the exception of taking a course in Theater Games, he's never studied acting. His degree from Fordham University is in Science. He felt that he was a natural performer and that studying would ruin his gift for being natural.

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Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas in Jenny (1970)

His favorite curse word is "horse". It stems from an outburst he once had on a set, where he went through every obscenity he could think of, then unable to come up with anymore, he loudly yelled "Horse!" According to Alda, it has since become his favorite curse. Additionally, the character of Colonel Potter (Harry Morgan) on M*A*S*H (1972) used similar language for his version of cursing, using, often yelling, "Horse Hockey!" or "Cow Pucky!" or "Buffalo Cookies!", each referring to solidified animal droppings instead of stronger language.

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Alan Alda, Vincent Gardenia, and Elizabeth Wilson in Jenny (1970)

His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry.

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Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas in Jenny (1970)

Has been nominated three times for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1967, as best actor-musical for The Apple Tree, in 1992, as best actor-play for Jake's Women and in 2005 as best performance by a featured actor-play for Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas in Jenny (1970)

He has twice played characters from Maine, from opposite ends of the ethical spectrum. In M*A*S*H (1972) he was noble surgeon Hawkeye Pierce, whose hometown was Crabapple Cove. In The Aviator (2004) he played corrupt U.S. Sen. Owen Brewster, nemesis of Howard Hughes. The author of the original "M*A*S*H" books, Maine doctor Richard Hornberger (writing as Richard Hooker), based the Pierce character on himself but was said to dislike the TV version of his story as overly moralistic. As for Sen. Brewster, whose smarmy hypocrisy was well-depicted by Alda, he was booted out of the Senate by Maine voters in the next Republican primary.

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Alan Alda, Basil Hoffman, and Wayne Rogers in M*A*S*H (1972)

Briefly considered a run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in New Jersey after Bill Bradley announced his retirement in 1995.

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Alan Alda, Basil Hoffman, and Wayne Rogers in M*A*S*H (1972)

Has the distinction of playing three U.S. Senators--Sen. Joe Tynan in The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), real-life Sen. Owen Brewster in The Aviator (2004) and Sen. Arnold Vinick in The West Wing (1999) . Furthermore, he received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Aviator (2004).

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Alan Alda and Bob Hoskins in Sweet Liberty (1986)

He and Loretta Swit were the only two to appear in both the pilot episode of M*A*S*H (1972) and in the final show (with the exception of the opening credits, where Gary Burghoff's character Radar appears, albeit edited after his departure from the show, and Jamie Farr, who provides the voice of the PA announcer in the pilot episode).

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Alan Alda, Bob Hoskins, and Mark Sepanski in Sweet Liberty (1986)

Was the commencement speaker at Caltech's 108th commencement in June 2002.

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Alan Alda and William Bogert in M*A*S*H (1972)

Born 5:07 AM.

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Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and George Wyner in M*A*S*H (1972)

Richard Hooker, who wrote the novel on which the film (M*A*S*H (1970)) and TV show (M*A*S*H (1972)) were based, did not like the TV series and in particular did not like Alda's portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce.

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Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Herb Voland, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Was the commencement speaker at the Dwight-Englewood High School Commencement in June 1978 in Englewood, NJ, when his daughter Elizabeth Alda graduated.

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Alan Alda, William Christopher, and Sheila Lauritsen in M*A*S*H (1972)

Despite being an active Democrat, he has recently played two Republican senators in TV and film--the fictitious Arnold Vinick in The West Wing (1999) (which garnered him an Emmy win) and the real-life Owen Brewster in The Aviator (2004) (for which he received an Academy Award nomination).

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Alan Alda and Jill Clayburgh in Stimmen im Dunkel (1992)

In 2005 he became the fifth actor to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony nomination in the same calendar year (for The Aviator (2004), The West Wing (1999) and Glengarry Glen Ross, respectively).

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Alan Alda and Diane Keaton in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for "Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself" [Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)].

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Alan Alda in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Before his 2003 emergency surgery in Chile, the surgeon tried to explain the procedure he was about to perform in layman's terms. Alda confidently asserted that the operation is called an end-to-end anastomosis. The stunned surgeon asked how he knew that. Alda replied that he had done the procedure numerous times on M*A*S*H (1972).

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Alan Alda in Alle sagen: I love you (1996)

Best known by the public for his starring role as Chief of Surgery - Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on M*A*S*H (1972).

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Alan Alda and Jacqueline Bisset in Null Uhr fünf - Frauenleiche in der Badewanne (197

Once played the role of "Sky Masterson" in "Guys and Dolls," the role first played in the original Broadway production by his father, Robert Alda.

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Alan Alda in Null Uhr fünf - Frauenleiche in der Badewanne (1971)

Out of his seven grandchildren, two are interested in pursuing careers in acting; his oldest granddaughter, 17 and his oldest grandson, 16.

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Alan Alda in Null Uhr fünf - Frauenleiche in der Badewanne (1971)

Was considered for the role of Ross Webster in Superman III (1983). Robert Vaughn was cast instead.

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Alan Alda and Jessica Walter in Gnadenlose Stadt (1958)

Was a fan of Dragnet 1967 (1967), which featured his future M*A*S*H (1972) co-star, Harry Morgan.

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Alan Alda, Harry Bellaver, Barbara Dana, and John Lasell in Gnadenlose Stadt (1958)

Harry Morgan, said to be one of his idols, later replaced McLean Stevenson, on M*A*S*H (1972), for the fourth season.

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Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, and Loretta Swit in M*A*S*H (1972)

His favorite episodes of M*A*S*H (1972) are M*A*S*H: Dear Sigmund (1976) and M*A*S*H: In Love and War (1977), which he wrote and directed.

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