Alan Alda

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Real name is Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
Was born at 28 January 1936 (now is 83 years old) in New York City, New York, USA
There is some small facts about Alan Alda:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Son of 'Robert Alda' and Joan Brown, a former Miss New York pageant winner.
  • 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.
  • 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.".
  • 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) .
  • Alan and his wife 'Arlene Alda (I)' have three daughters: Eve (born on December 12, 1958), 'Elizabeth Alda' (born on August 20, 1960) and 'Beatrice Alda (I)' (born on August 10, 1961).
  • 1975 People's Choice Award: Favourite Male TV-Performer
  • Studied at Fordham University in New York
  • Earned a reported $200,000 a week for "M*A*S*H" (1972) in 1980.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Studied at the Sorbonne during his junior year of college.
  • Served in the U. S. Army, and he went AWOL every weekend because he was dating the woman that he ultimately married, 'Arlene Alda (I)' .
  • He was once selected as the most believable actor in the U. S.
  • Once did a cartwheel down the aisle while on his way to accept an award that he had just won.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University (New York City, USA) in 1956.
  • Attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY.
  • 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.
  • On October 19, 2003 he underwent emergency surgery while in La Serena, Chile to clear an intestinal obstruction.
  • Has succeeded 'Donald Sutherland (I)' 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.".
  • He was the only actor to appear in every episode of "M*A*S*H" (1972) .
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 7-8. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • 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.
  • 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 (I)' ) 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.
  • His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry.
  • 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.
  • 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 (I)' . The author of the original "M*A*S*H" books, Maine doctor Richard Hornberger (writing as 'Richard Hooker (I)' ), 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.
  • Briefly considered a run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in New Jersey after 'Bill Bradley (IV)' announced his retirement in 1995.
  • 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) .
  • 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).
  • Was the commencement speaker at Caltech's 108th commencement in June 2002.
  • Born 5:07 AM.
  • 'Richard Hooker (I)' , 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.
  • Was the commencement speaker at the Dwight-Englewood High School Commencement in June 1978 in Englewood, NJ, when his daughter 'Elizabeth Alda' graduated.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for "Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself" [Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)].
  • 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) .
  • Best known by the public for his starring role as Chief of Surgery - Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on "M*A*S*H" (1972) .
  • 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' .
  • Out of his seven grandchildren, two are interested in pursuing careers in acting; his oldest granddaughter, 17 and his oldest grandson, 16.
  • Was considered for the role of Ross Webster in Superman III (1983) . 'Robert Vaughn (I)' was cast instead.
  • Was a fan of "Dragnet 1967" (1967) , which featured his future "M*A*S*H" (1972) co-star, 'Harry Morgan (I)' .
  • 'Harry Morgan (I)' , said to be one of his idols, later replaced 'McLean Stevenson' , on "M*A*S*H" (1972) , for the fourth season.
  • His favorite episodes of "M*A*S*H" (1972) are "M*A*S*H" (1972) {Dear Sigmund (#5.7)} and "M*A*S*H" (1972) {In Love and War (#6.7)} , which he wrote and directed.
  • Friends with 'Harry Morgan (I)' , 'Wayne Rogers (I)' , 'Shirley Jones (I)' , 'Gene Reynolds (I)' , 'Carol Burnett' , 'Lynne Thigpen' , 'Woody Allen' , 'Michael Caine (I)' , 'Lily Tomlin' , 'Samuel L. Jackson' , 'Sandy Dennis (I)' , 'Alex Karras' , 'Jane Fonda' .
  • He married his wife Arlene in 1958, shortly after finishing his army training.
  • Made his first appearance onstage in 1936 at the age of six months during a burlesque schoolroom sketch that his father was headlining.
  • In 1958, he won a three-year Ford Foundation fellowship, making him a paid staff member of the Cleveland Playhouse.
  • Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 11 times.
  • His parents 'Robert Alda' and Joan Brown were married in 1932.
  • He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013 for his services to arts and entertainment.
  • Childhood friend of 'Carol Burnett' .
  • He is known to be a very private man.
  • Like 'Norman Lloyd (I)' , 'Dick Van Dyke' , 'Ernest Borgnine' , 'Mickey Rooney (I)' , 'Betty White (I)' , 'Angela Lansbury' , 'Charlotte Rae' , 'Adam West (I)' , 'Marla Gibbs' , 'Larry Hagman' , 'Florence Henderson (I)' and 'Shirley Jones (I)' , Alda is one of the stars in Hollywood who's vowed never to retire.
  • Was considered for the role of Father Damien Karras in The Exorcist (1973) .
  • Was considered for the role of President Josiah Bartlet in "The West Wing" (1999) . He did have a recurring role as Senator Arnold Vinick.
  • Was considered for the role of Joe Gideon, protagonist in All That Jazz (1979) , that was ultimately played by 'Roy Scheider'.
  • He was originally cast as Billy Minsky in The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) , but was unable to leave his role on Broadway in "The Apple Tree," and had to be replaced by 'Jason Robards' .
  • From 1980 to 1983, he won four consecutive Golden Globes in the Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical category for his work in "M*A*S*H" (1972) .
Also look some video clip about Alan Alda:
There is the list of movies, where Alan Alda was taked part:
1 Flirting with Disaster movie Flirting with Disaster 1996 as Richard Schlichting
2 M*A*S*H, Tootsie & God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart movie M*A*S*H, Tootsie & God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart 1998 as Himself
3 Memories of M*A*S*H movie Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 as Himself/Hawkeye Pierce
4 President Hollywood movie President Hollywood 2008 as Senator Arnold Vinick
5 The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 as Himself - Host/Presenter/Nominated: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series/Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series/Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special & Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
6 The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 as Himself - Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series/Nominee: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
7 The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 as Himself
8 The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 as Himself
9 The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 as Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special and Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
10 The 46th Annual Tony Awards movie The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 as Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Musical & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
11 The 47th Annual Writers Guild Awards movie The 47th Annual Writers Guild Awards 1995 as Himself
12 The 6th Peoples Choice Awards movie The 6th Peoples Choice Awards 1980 as Himself - Winner: Favourite All - Around Male Entertainer and Accepting Favourite TV Comedy
13 The 7th Annual Peoples Choice Awards movie The 7th Annual Peoples Choice Awards 1981 as Himself - Winner: Favourite All-Around Male Entertainer
14 The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion movie The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1993 as Himself
15 TV Guides 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration movie TV Guides 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 as Himself
16 Late Night with Conan OBrien movie Late Night with Conan OBrien 1993 as Himself - Guest
17 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon movie Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 as Himself - Guest
18 On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren movie On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren 2002 as Himself
19 Scientific American Frontiers movie Scientific American Frontiers 1990 as Himself - Host
20 The Big Interview with Dan Rather movie The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2013 as Himself
21 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Himself - Guest Host
22 The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards movie The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 as Himself
23 Tower Heist movie Tower Heist 2011 as Arthur Shaw
24 Wanderlust movie Wanderlust 2012 as Carvin
25 Biography movie Biography 1987 as Himself
26 M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion movie M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 as Himself/Hawkeye Pierce
27 100 Years of Hope and Humor movie 100 Years of Hope and Humor 2003 as Himself
28 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 as Himself
29 2015 Creative Arts Emmys movie 2015 Creative Arts Emmys 2015 as Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
30 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus movie 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus 2013 as Narrator
31 50th Annual Drama Desk Awards movie 50th Annual Drama Desk Awards 2005 as Himself - Presenter & Winner: Outstanding Ensemble Cast
32 6 Rms Riv Vu movie 6 Rms Riv Vu 1974 as Paul Friedman
33 A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies movie A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies 2016 as Himself
34 A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator movie A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator 2005 as Himself
35 A New Life movie A New Life 1988 as Steve Giardino
36 And the Band Played On movie And the Band Played On 1993 as Dr. Robert Gallo
37 Annie and the Hoods movie Annie and the Hoods 1974 as Himself
38 Behind the Burly Q movie Behind the Burly Q 2010 as Himself
39 Betsys Wedding movie Betsys Wedding 1990 as Eddie Hopper
40 Bridge of Spies movie Bridge of Spies 2015 as Thomas Watters Jr.
There is the list of interview of Alan Alda:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 8 May 2005, Vol. 53, Iss. 19, pg. 51-54, by: Ileane Rudolph, "Flying Without a Network"
  • "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 21 January 2005, Vol. 1, Iss. 802, pg. 18, by: Steve Daly, ""Right Winger""
There is the list of some articles of Alan Alda:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 4 May 2009, Vol. 57, Iss. 18, pg. 57, by: Damian Holbook, "From the 4077th to 30 Rock"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 6 November 2005, Vol. 128, Iss. 336, pg. N1+N8-N9, by: Chip Crews, "Savoring A Busy Chapter: Alan Alda Adds Bestseller to a Banner Year"
  • "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" (USA), 28 October 2005, Vol. 57, Iss. 301, pg. G1+G4, by: Teresa K. Weaver, "Book Beat: Actor opens door to own backstory"
  • "Minneapolis Star Tribune" (USA), 11 February 2005, by: Neal Justin, "Alan Alda Proves He's More Than Hawkeye"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), January 2005, Vol. 48, Iss. 1B, pg. 18-20, by: Lewis Beale, "The Tender Trap"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 23 August 2004, by: Nellie Andreeva, "Alan Alda Elected to Serve on 'West Wing'"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 23 October 1999, Vol. 47, Iss. 43, pg. 34-36, by: Ted Johnson, "The Doctor Is In, Again"
  • "Radio Times" (UK), 20 October 1990, pg. 38, by: Derek Winnert, "Alda and wiser"
  • "Current Biography" (USA), January 1977, Vol. 38, Iss. 1, "Alda, Alan"
There is the list of some printed articles of Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo:
  • "Playboy" (USA), November 1986, Vol. 33, Iss. 11, pg. 126, by: Bruce Williamson, "Sex in Cinema 1986"
  • "Playboy" (USA), November 1979, Vol. 26, Iss. 11, pg. 181, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex In Cinema 1979"
The image of Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Us" (USA), 2 June 1986, Iss. 25
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 4 March 1985
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 15 June 1981
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 17 March 1975
There is the list of some quotes of Alan Alda:
  • [on the popularity of "M*A*S*H" (1972) ] I hear from people who watch six and seven times a day. It scares me.
  • Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.
  • Republicans are as capable of coming up with great ideas and moving this country along as anyone - they just don't do it.
  • What I can't completely understand is most other people's fascination with what the famous among us do with their lips and the rest of their bodies. Why do ordinary people become the target of this curiosity simply by virtue of the fact that other people recognize their names and faces but know nothing else about them? Why do we care what they think, what they wear, what they eat?
  • [from an interview in "Ms." magazine] I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don't agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head.
  • We're lucky that we don't have anybody there just trying to collect the money. There's plenty of money to be had and you can get the same amount by doing junk every week. By just showing up. But you also lose your soul. What's the pleasure in losing your self-esteem, your dignity?
  • It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.
  • Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won't come in.
  • [on the death of 'Harry Morgan (I)' ] We had just a wonderful time reminiscing. That was the last time I saw Harry.
  • [on his chances of winning Best Supporting Actor for The Aviator (2004) ] It'll go to 'Morgan Freeman (I)' . No doubt in my mind.
  • If I could become nearly as versatile as Dad, I would be completely happy. An actor cannot be too one-sided or only half-experienced in these days when he is called upon to double in TV, legit stage plays and movies. He must be able to act anything from stylish farce to low comedy, 'Oedipus Rex' to Shakespeare and modern drama.
  • [acknowledging the assistance of veteran actor 'Howard Da Silva' ] (He's) a wonderfully talented actor and director who is helping me immensely by coaching me in a wide variety of good parts.
  • Asking a director if he does his own editing is like asking a writer if he does his own punctuation.
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