Alan Alda (/ˈɑːldə/; born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce in the war television series M*A*S*H (1972–1983). He has also appeared on television programs such as Scientific American Frontiers, The West Wing, and 30 Rock, and in films such as Same Time, Next Year (1978) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). He also experienced success as a director with 1981's The Four Seasons. In 2004, Alda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Aviator.
Alda in 2008
Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
January 28, 1936
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Fordham University|
Scientific American Frontiers
The West Wing
The Big C
Horace and Pete
The Longest Ride
Arlene Weiss (m. 1957)
|Relatives||Robert Alda (father)|
Antony Alda (half-brother)
|Awards||Six Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards|
Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936 in the Bronx, New York City, and had a peripatetic childhood, as his parents traveled around the United States in support of his father's job as a performer in burlesque theatres. His father Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo) was an actor and singer, and his mother Joan Browne was a homemaker and former beauty-pageant winner. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His adopted surname, "Alda", is a portmanteau of ALphonso and D'Abruzzo.
When Alda was seven years old, he contracted polio. To combat the disease, his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny, consisting of applying hot woollen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. Alda attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. In 1956, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham College of Fordham University in the Bronx, where he was a student staff member of its FM radio station, WFUV. Alda's half-brother, Antony Alda, born that year (1956), also became an actor.
During Alda's junior year, he studied in Paris, acted in a play in Rome, and performed with his father on television in Amsterdam. In college, he was a member of the ROTC, and after graduation, he served for a year at Fort Benning, and then six months in the United States Army Reserve on a tour of duty in Korea.
Alda began his career in the 1950s, as a member of the Compass Players, an improvisational, comedy revue directed by Paul Sills. He joined the acting company at the Cleveland Play House during the 1958-59 season as part of a grant from the Ford Foundation, appearing in productions such as To Dorothy A Son, Heaven Come Wednesday, Monique, and Job. In the November 1964 world premiere at the ANTA Playhouse of the stage version of The Owl and The Pussycat, he played Felix the "Owl" opposite the "Pussycat" which was played by actress/singer Diana Sands. He continued to play Felix the "Owl" for the 1964-65 Broadway season. In 1966, he starred in the musical The Apple Tree on Broadway, also starring Barbara Harris; he was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for that role.
Although from away, Alan Alda says he became a Mainer in 1957 when he played at the Kennebunkport Playhouse.
Alda was part of the cast, along with David Frost, Henry Morgan and Buck Henry, of the American television version of That Was The Week That Was, which ran as a series from January 10, 1964 to May 1965. He made his Hollywood acting debut as a supporting player in Gone are the Days! – a film version of the Broadway play Purlie Victorious, which co-starred Ruby Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis. Other film roles followed, such as his portrayal of author, humorist, and actor George Plimpton in the film Paper Lion (1968), as well as The Extraordinary Seaman (1969), and the occult-murder-suspense thriller The Mephisto Waltz, with actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Barbara Parkins. During this time, Alda frequently appeared as a panelist on the 1968 revival of What's My Line?. He also appeared as a panelist on I've Got a Secret during its 1972 syndication revival.
In early 1972, Alda auditioned for and was selected to play the role of Hawkeye Pierce in the TV adaptation of the 1970 film MASH. He was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, and won five. He took part in writing 19 episodes, including the 1983 21⁄2-hour series finale Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, which was also the 32nd episode he directed. It remains the single most-watched episode of any American broadcast network television series. Alda is the only series regular to appear in all 251 episodes.
Alda commuted from Los Angeles to his home in New Jersey every weekend for 11 years while starring in M*A*S*H. His wife and daughters lived in New Jersey, and he did not want to move his family to Los Angeles, especially because he did not know how long the show would last.
Alda's father, Robert Alda, and half-brother Antony Alda appeared together in an episode of M*A*S*H, "Lend a Hand", during season eight. Robert had previously appeared in "The Consultant" in season three.
During the first five seasons of the series, the tone of M*A*S*H was largely that of a traditional "service comedy", in the vein of shows such as McHale's Navy. However, as the original writers gradually left the series, Alda gained increasing control, and by the final seasons had become a producer and creative consultant. Under his watch, M*A*S*H retained its comedic foundation, but gradually assumed a somewhat more serious tone, openly addressing political issues. As a result, the 11 years of M*A*S*H are generally split into two eras: the Larry Gelbart/Gene Reynolds "comedy" years (1972–1977), and the Alan Alda "dramatic" years (1977–1983). Alda disagreed with this assessment. In a 2016 interview he stated, "I don't like to write political messages. I don't like plays that have political messages. I do not think I am responsible for that."
For the first three seasons, Alda and his co-stars Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson worked well together, but later, tensions increased, particularly as Alda's role grew in popularity. Rogers and Stevenson both left the show at the end of the third season. At the beginning of the fourth season, Alda and the producers decided to find a replacement actor to play the surrogate parent role formerly taken by Colonel Blake. They eventually found veteran actor and fan of the series, Harry Morgan, who starred as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, becoming another of the show's protagonists. Mike Farrell was also introduced as Alda's co-star BJ Hunnicutt.
In his 1981 autobiography, Jackie Cooper (who directed several early episodes) wrote that Alda concealed a lot of hostility beneath the surface, and that the two of them barely spoke to each other by the time Cooper's directing of M*A*S*H ended.
The following is a list of M*A*S*H episodes written and/or directed by Alda.
|One||Episode 19: "The Long John Flap"||Written|
|Two||Episode 5: "Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde"||Written with Robert Klane|
|Episode 23: "Mail Call"||Directed|
|Three||Episode 16: "Bulletin Board"||Directed|
|Four||Episode 4: "The Late Captain Pierce"||Directed|
|Episode 7: "Dear Mildred"||Directed|
|Episode 8: "The Kids"||Directed|
|Episode 16: "Dear Ma"||Directed|
|Five||Episode 2: "Margaret's Engagement"||Directed|
|Episode 7: "Dear Sigmund"||Written and directed|
|Episode 12: "Exorcism"||Directed|
|Episode 19: "Hepatitis"||Written and directed|
|Six||Episode 2: "Fallen Idol"||Written and directed|
|Episode 4: "War of Nerves"||Written and directed|
|Episode 7: "In Love and War"||Written and directed|
|Episode 12: "Comrades in Arms, Part 1"||Written; directed with Burt Metcalfe|
|Episode 13: "Comrades in Arms, Part 2"||Written; directed with Burt Metcalfe|
|Seven||Episode 5: "The Billfold Syndrome"||Directed|
|Episode 8: "Major Ego"||Directed|
|Episode 14: "Dear Sis"||Written and directed|
|Episode 16: "Inga"||Written and directed|
|Episode 25: "The Party"||Written with Burt Metcalfe|
|Eight||Episode 3: "Guerilla My Dreams"||Directed|
|Episode 11: "Life Time"||Written with Walter D. Dishell, M.D.; Directed|
|Episode 15: "Yessir, That's Our Baby"||Directed|
|Episode 20: "Lend a Hand"||Written and directed|
|Episode 22: "Dreams"||Teleplay; story with James Jay Rubinfier; Directed|
|Nine||Episode 4: "Father's Day"||Directed|
|Episode 12: "Depressing News"||Directed|
|Episode 15: "Bottoms Up"||Directed|
|Episode 20: "The Life You Save"||Written with John Rappaport; Directed|
|Ten||Episode 6: "Communication Breakdown"||Directed|
|Episode 10: "Follies of the Living – Concerns of the Dead"||Written and directed|
|Episode 17: "Where There's a Will, There's a War"||Directed|
|Eleven||Episode 1: "Hey, Look Me Over"||Written with Karen Hall|
|Episode 16: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen"||Written with Burt Metcalfe, |
John Rappaport, Dan Wilcox,
Thad Mumford, Elias Davis,
David Pollock and Karen Hall; Directed
Alda's prominence in the enormously successful television series M*A*S*H provided him a platform to speak out on political topics. He has been a strong and vocal supporter of women's rights and the feminist movement. He co-chaired, with former First Lady Betty Ford, the Equal Rights Amendment Countdown campaign. In 1976, The Boston Globe dubbed him "the quintessential Honorary Woman: a feminist icon" for his activism on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Alda played Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED, which had only one other character. Although Peter Parnell wrote the play, Alda both produced and inspired it. Alda has also appeared frequently in the films of Woody Allen, and was a guest star five times on ER, playing Dr. Kerry Weaver's mentor, Gabriel Lawrence. During the later episodes, Dr. Lawrence was revealed to be suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Alda also had a co-starring role as Dr. Robert Gallo in the 1993 TV movie And the Band Played On.
During M*A*S*H's run and continuing through the 1980s, Alda embarked on a successful career as a writer and director, with the ensemble dramedy, The Four Seasons being perhaps his most notable hit. Betsy's Wedding is his last directing credit to date. After M*A*S*H, Alda took on a series of roles that either parodied or directly contradicted his "nice guy" image.
In 1993, he co-starred with Woody Allen (also the director), Diane Keaton, and Anjelica Huston in the comedy/mystery Manhattan Murder Mystery. The four play a quartet of amateur crime solvers who become entangled in a murder plot possibly perpetrated by Keaton and Allen's neighbor. Alda's character is Ted, a playwright secretly in love with Keaton's character Carol, but who eventually falls for Huston's character Marcia.
In 1995, he starred as the President of the United States in Michael Moore's political satire/comedy film Canadian Bacon. Around this time, rumors circulated that Alda was considering running for the United States Senate in New Jersey, but he denied this. In 1996, Alda played Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, in Camping With Henry and Tom, based on the book by Mark St. Germain and appeared in the comedy film, Flirting with Disaster. In 1999, Alda portrayed Dr. Gabriel Lawrence in NBC program ER for five episodes and was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Beginning in 2004, Alda was a regular cast member on the NBC program The West Wing, portraying Republican U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Arnold Vinick, until the show's conclusion in May 2006. He made his premiere in the sixth season's eighth episode, "In The Room", and was added to the opening credits with the 13th episode, "King Corn". In August 2006, Alda won an Emmy for his portrayal of Vinick in the final season of The West Wing. Alda appeared in a total of 28 episodes during the show's sixth and seventh seasons. Alda had been a serious candidate, along with Sidney Poitier, for the role of President Josiah Bartlet before Martin Sheen was ultimately cast in the role.
Throughout his career, Alda has received 31 Emmy Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations, and has won seven People's Choice Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and three Directors Guild of America awards. Alda received his first Academy Award nomination, for his role in The Aviator, in 2005.
Alda also had a part in the 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want, as the CEO of the advertising firm where the main characters worked.
In early 2005, Alda starred as Shelly Levene in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Throughout 2009 and 2010, he appeared in three episodes of 30 Rock as Milton Greene, the biological father of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). In January 2010, Alda hosted The Human Spark, a three-part series originally broadcast on PBS discussing the nature of human uniqueness and recent studies on the human brain.
In 2011, Alda was scheduled to guest star on Law & Order: LA, portraying former police and naval officer John Winters, the father of the former main character Rex Winters. It is unknown whether he filmed his role before the series was redesigned and Rex Winters written off.
In 2016, Alda appeared in Louis C.K.'s web-based series Horace and Pete as the irascible Uncle Pete in what IndieWire critic Sam Adams described as "his best role in years" in an otherwise lukewarm review.
In July 2018 Alda began hosting a podcast, Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda.
In 2018 Alan Alda also played the character Dr Arthur Amiot in Season 6 of Showtime's Ray Donovan. The role of is that of a psychiatrist at Grandview psychiatric hospital. During his performance the character exhibits some symptoms of Parkinson's which are shared with the show's Terry Donovan as well as Alda himself.
Alda has done extensive charity work. He helped narrate a 2005 St. Jude's Children's Hospital-produced one-hour special TV show Fighting for Life. His wife, Arlene, and he are also close friends of Marlo Thomas, who is very active in fund-raising for the hospital that her father, Danny Thomas founded. The television special featured Ben Bowen as one of six patients being treated for childhood cancer at Saint Jude. Alda and Marlo Thomas had also worked together in the early 1970s on a critically acclaimed children's album entitled Free to Be You and Me, which featured Alda, Thomas, and a number of other well-known character actors. This project remains one of the earliest public signs of his support of women's rights.
In 2005, Alda published his first round of memoirs, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: and Other Things I've Learned. Among other stories, he recalls his intestines becoming strangulated while on location in La Serena, Chile, for his PBS show Scientific American Frontiers, during which he mildly surprised a young doctor with his understanding of medical procedures, which he had learned from M*A*S*H. He also talks about his mother's battle with schizophrenia. The title comes from an incident in his childhood, when Alda was distraught about his dog dying and his well-meaning father had the animal stuffed. Alda was horrified by the results, and took from this that sometimes we have to accept things as they are, rather than desperately and fruitlessly trying to change them.
In 2006, Alda contributed his voice to a part in the audio book of Max Brooks' World War Z. In this book, he voiced Arthur Sinclair, Jr., the director of the United States government's fictional Department of Strategic Resources (DeStRes).
His second memoir, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, weaves together advice from public speeches he has given with personal recollections about his life and beliefs.
For 14 years, he served as the host of Scientific American Frontiers, a television show that explored cutting-edge advances in science and technology. He is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University and a founder and member of the advisory board of the university's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science  and the Future of Life Institute. He serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision.
After years of interviews, Alda helped inspire the creation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in 2009. He remains on the advisory board as of 2013. He was named an Honorary Fellow by the Society for Technical Communication in 2014 for his work with the Center for Communicating Science and the annual Flame Challenge. He is also on the advisory board of the Future of Life Institute. Alda would like to use his expertise in acting and communication to help scientists communicate more effectively to the public. In 2014 Alda was awarded the American Chemical Society's James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public for his work in science communication. He was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal in 2016 "for his extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public."
In 1956, while attending Fordham, Alda met Arlene Weiss, who was attending Hunter College. They bonded at a mutual friend's dinner party; when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor, they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it. A year after his graduation, on March 15, they were married. They have three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice. Two of his eight grandchildren are aspiring actors. In an intimate interview, Alda revealed that Arlene sometimes will call him "Fonzi" in reference to his birth name "Alphonso".
The Aldas have been long-time residents of Leonia, New Jersey. Alda frequented Sol & Sol Deli on Palisade Avenue in the nearby town of Englewood, New Jersey—a fact mirrored in his character's daydream about eating whitefish from the establishment in an episode of M*A*S*H in which Hawkeye sustains a head injury.
In Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, Alda describes how as a teen he was raised as a Roman Catholic and eventually he realized he had begun thinking like an agnostic or atheist. While he admits to still praying on occasion, he said he wants to find meaning in this life rather than worrying about the next one. While he still talks to God on occasion, he admits it often comes at times of fear rather than out of a sense of belief. Furthermore, he doesn't like to be labeled as an "agnostic," stating it's too fancy a word for him in an interview for the 2008 question section of the Edge Foundation website. He argues he simply isn't a believer and questions why people are so frightened of others who hold beliefs different than their own.
Alan Alda has been awarded several honorary degrees in recognition of his acting career and promotion of educational initiatives. These include:
|New Jersey||1974||Saint Peter's University||Doctorate|
|New York||1978||Fordham University||Doctorate|
|New Jersey||1979||Drew University||Doctorate|
|Connecticut||1983||Wesleyan University||Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)|
|New York||2004||Long Island University||Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)|
|Pennsylvania||17 May 2015||Carnegie Mellon University||Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)|
|Scotland||June 2017||University of Dundee||Doctor of Laws (LL.D)|
|1963||Gone Are the Days!||Charlie Cotchipee|
|1968||Paper Lion||George Plimpton||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor|
|1969||The Extraordinary Seaman||Lt. Morton Krim|
|1970||The Moonshine War||John W. Martin|
|1971||The Mephisto Waltz||Myles Clarkson|
|1972||To Kill a Clown||Major Evelyn Ritchie|
|1978||Same Time, Next Year||George Peters||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1978||California Suite||Bill Warren|
|1979||The Seduction of Joe Tynan||Joe Tynan||Also writer|
|1981||The Four Seasons||Jack Burroughs||Also writer and director|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
|1986||Sweet Liberty||Michael Burgess||Also writer and director|
|1988||A New Life||Steve Giardino||Also writer and director|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Lester||National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor|
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
|1990||Betsy's Wedding||Eddie Hopper||Also writer and director|
|1992||Whispers in the Dark||Leo Green||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|1993||Manhattan Murder Mystery||Ted|
|1995||Canadian Bacon||President of the United States|
|1996||Flirting with Disaster||Richard Schlichting|
|1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Bob Dandridge|
|1997||Murder at 1600||National Security Advisor Alvin Jordan|
|1997||Mad City||Kevin Hollander|
|1998||The Object of My Affection||Sidney Miller|
|1999||Keepers of the Frame||Himself||Documentary|
|2000||What Women Want||Dan Wanamaker|
|2004||The Aviator||Senator Ralph Owen Brewster||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Ralph Metz|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Uncle Rollie Zerbs|
|2008||Flash of Genius||Gregory Lawson|
|2008||Nothing but the Truth||Albert Burnside|
|2011||Tower Heist||Arthur Shaw|
|2015||The Longest Ride||Ira Levinson|
|2015||Bridge of Spies||Thomas Watters|
|1958||The Phil Silvers Show||Carlyle Thomson III||Episode: "Bilko the Art Lover"|
|1962||Naked City||Young Poet||Episode: "Hold for Gloria Christmas"|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Character in Country Store||Episode: "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"|
|1963||The Doctors and the Nurses||Dr. John Griffin||Episodes: "Many a Sullivan", "Night Sounds"|
|1963||Route 66||Dr. Glazer||Episode: "Soda Pop and Paper Flags"|
|1963||East Side/West Side||Freddie Wilcox||Episode: "The Sinner"|
|1965||The Trials of O'Brien||Nick Staphos||Episode: "Picture Me a Murder"|
|1967||Coronet Blue||Clay Breznia||Episode: "Six Months to Mars"|
|1968||Premiere||Frank St. John||Episode: "Higher and Higher, Attorneys at Law"|
|1972||The Glass House||Jonathon Paige||Television film|
|1972||Playmates||Marshall Barnett||Television film|
|1972–83||M*A*S*H||Captain Benjamin Franklin
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1975–76, 1980–83)
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Performer (1975, 1979–82)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (1979)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1974, 1982)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1973–74, 1977–79)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (1975–76, 1978–83)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1973, 1975–81, 1983)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (1977-1978, 1982)
|1973||Isn't It Shocking?||Dan Barnes||Television film|
|1974||The Carol Burnett Show||Himself||Episode: "#8.13"|
|1974||Free to Be... You and Me||Himself||Television film|
|1974||6 Rms Riv Vu||Paul Friedman||Television film|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1977||Kill Me If You Can||Caryl W. Chessman||Television film|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1993||And the Band Played On||Dr. Robert Gallo||Television film|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1993–2005||Scientific American Frontiers||Himself (Host)||81 episodes|
|1994||White Mile||Dan Cutler||Television film|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|1996||Jake's Women||Jake||Television film|
|1999||ER||Dr. Gabriel Lawrence||5 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2001||Club Land||Willie Walters||Television movie|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2001||The Killing Yard||Ernie Goodman||Television film|
|2004–06||The West Wing||Senator Arnold Vinick||28 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
|2009–10||30 Rock||Milton Greene||Episodes: "Mamma Mia", "Kidney Now!", "Christmas Attack Zone"|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2011–13||The Big C||Dr. Atticus Sherman||6 episodes|
|2012||The Human Spark||Himself||3 episodes|
|2013||Brains on Trial with Alan Alda||Himself||2 episodes|
|2013–14||The Blacklist||Alan Fitch||5 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2016||Horace and Pete||Uncle Pete||5 episodes|
|2016||Broad City||Dr. Jay Heller||Episode: "2016"|
|2018||The Good Fight||Solomon Waltzer||Episodes: "Day 457", "Day 471"|
|2018-19||Ray Donovan||Dr. Arthur Amiot||Episodes: "Dream On", "The Dead"|
|1959||Only in America||Telephone Man|
|1961–62||Purlie Victorious||Charlie Cotchpiee|
|1964||Fair Game for Lovers||Benny|
|1964||Cafe Crown||Dr. Irving Gilbert|
|1964–65||The Owl and the Pussycat||F. Sherman|
|1966–67||The Apple Tree||Various||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical|
|1992||Jake's Women||Jake||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play|
|2003||The Play What I Wrote||Mystery Guest Star|
|2005||Glengarry Glen Ross||Shelly Levene||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|2014||Love Letters||Andrew Makepeace Ladd III|
After graduation, Alda joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty in Korea.
Ever since M*A*S*H, Alda has split his time between the East Coast, where he has houses in the Hamptons and Leonia, New Jersey, and the West, where he owns a home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.
Perhaps the greatest tribute to the deli came from the 1970s television show M*A*S*H. Hawkeye, one of the main characters in M*A*S*H*, daydreams about whitefish from Sol & Sol after sustaining a head injury.
The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2018, were presented on January 27, 2019 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast live on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST. The nominees were announced December 12, 2018 alongside the announcement of Megan Mullally as the ceremony's host.Alan Alda was announced as the 2018 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient on October 4, 2018.40th International Emmy Awards
The 40th International Emmy Awards took place on November 19, 2012, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, United States. The ceremony, hosted by Regis Philbin, also presented a special Founders Award to Ryan Murphy, Alan Alda and Norman Lear. The Directorate Award was presented to Kim In-Kyu, president and CEO of Korean Broadcasting System.A special issue on the 40th edition of the awards aired on December 9, 2012 by MGM Portugal.A New Life (film)
A New Life is a 1988 American romantic comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda, also featuring Ann-Margret, John Shea, Hal Linden and Veronica Hamel.Betsy's Wedding
Betsy's Wedding is a 1990 American romantic comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda. It co-stars Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joey Bishop, Joe Pesci, Anthony LaPaglia, Burt Young and Catherine O'Hara.Christmas Attack Zone
"Christmas Attack Zone" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 90th overall episode of the series. It was written by show story editor Tracey Wigfield and directed by co-executive producer John Riggi. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on December 9, 2010. Guest stars in this episode include Alan Alda, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Elaine Stritch.
In the episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Avery Jessup (Banks) convince Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) to confide in and grow closer to his visiting mother Colleen Donaghy (Stritch) at Christmas time. At the same time, actor Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) tries to stop the release of his new film before it ruins his new serious persona, and Liz also tries to fix Jenna Maroney's (Jane Krakowski) relationship with her former boyfriend Paul L'Astname (Forte).
This episode of 30 Rock received generally positive reviews from television critics. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Christmas Attack Zone" was watched by 4.759 million households during its original broadcast, and received a 2.9 rating/5 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic.Dear Sigmund
"Dear Sigmund" is the 7th episode of the fifth season of the television series M*A*S*H. It first aired on CBS on September 18, 1976. The episode was conceived, written and directed by cast member Alan Alda, who played Hawkeye Pierce on the show.Everyone Says I Love You
Everyone Says I Love You is a 1996 American musical comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, who also stars alongside Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Gaby Hoffmann, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, Natasha Lyonne and Natalie Portman. Set in New York City, Venice and Paris, the film features singing by actors not usually known for their singing.
Everyone Says I Love You did not do well commercially, but is among the more critically successful of Allen's later films, with Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert even ranking it as one of Allen's best.Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a musical or comedy television series for the calendar year.
It was first awarded at the 19th Golden Globe Awards on March 5, 1962 under the title Best TV Star – Male to John Charles Daly and Bob Newhart. The nominees for the award announced annually starting in 1963. The award initially honored actors in both comedy and drama genres until 1969, when the award was split into categories that honored comedic and dramatic performances separately. It was presented under the new title Best TV Actor – Musical or Comedy and in 1980 under its current title.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 45 actors. Michael Douglas is the current recipient of the award for his role as Sandy Kominsky on The Kominsky Method. Alan Alda has won the most awards in this category with six wins and received the most nominations at 11.Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" is a television film that served as the 256th and final episode of the American television series M*A*S*H. Closing out the series' 11th season, the 2 hour episode first aired on CBS on February 28, 1983, ending the series' original run. The episode was written by a large number of collaborators, including series star Alan Alda, who also directed.
The episode's plot chronicles the final days of the Korean War at the 4077th MASH, and features several storylines intended to show the war's effects on the individual personnel of the unit, and to bring closure to the series. After the ceasefire goes into effect, the members of the 4077th throw a party before taking down the camp for the last time. After tear-filled goodbyes, the main characters go their separate ways, leading to the final scene of the series.Life Time (M*A*S*H)
"Life Time" is the 11th episode in the eighth season of the CBS television series M*A*S*H. It originally aired on November 26, 1979, it was directed by Alan Alda and was co-written by Alan Alda and Dr. Walter D. Dishell, M.D., the latter of whom was the show's medical consultant, along with phantom assistance from authors W.C. Heinz, Ring Lardner, Jr., who had written the script for the film MASH, and even Richard Hooker, himself a former U.S. Army MASH unit surgeon, and author of the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, from which the film and series both drew their inspirations.Mamma Mia (30 Rock)
"Mamma Mia" is the twenty-first episode of the third season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 57th overall episode of the series. It was written by co-executive producer Ron Weiner and directed by series producer Don Scardino. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on May 7, 2009. Guest stars in this episode include Alan Alda, Steve Buscemi, Stuart Margolin, Keith Olbermann, Clayton Dean Smith, and Michael Benjamin Washington.
In the episode, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) begins to search for his biological father with help from Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) introduces his supposedly illegitimate son (Washington) to the cast and crew of the fictitious show The Girlie Show with Tracy Jordan (TGS), but some question his intentions. At the same time, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and Liz fight for attention when Jenna gets public recognition for a comedic sketch Liz wrote.
"Mamma Mia" has received generally positive reception from television critics. According to the Nielsen Media Research, the episode was watched by 6.2 million households during its original broadcast. Ron Weiner and Alan Alda received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, respectively, both for this episode.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series is presented to the best directing of a television comedy series.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award is presented to the best performance by a lead actor in a television comedy series. Beginning with the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards, leading actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:
# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.
§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers is an American television program primarily focused on informing the public about new technologies and discoveries in science and medicine. It was a companion program to the Scientific American magazine. The show was produced for PBS by the Chedd-Angier Production Company, which had recently produced Discover: The World of Science. Frontiers typically aired once every two to four weeks. The shows had aired regularly on the national digital channel World, but are now available on-line at the Chedd-Angier website.Sweet Liberty
Sweet Liberty is a 1986 American comedy film written and directed by Alan Alda, and starring Alda in the lead role, alongside Michael Caine and Michelle Pfeiffer, with support from Bob Hoskins, Lois Chiles, Lise Hilboldt, Lillian Gish, and Larry Shue.
It was Gish's penultimate film role; her first appearance on screen came in 1912.The Four Seasons (1981 film)
The Four Seasons is a 1981 American romantic comedy film written and directed by and starring Alan Alda, which co-stars Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, and Bess Armstrong. It draws its title from the four concerti whose music Antonio Vivaldi composed, of which, along with other Vivaldi compositions, its music score consists.
The film spawned a short-lived CBS series in 1984 produced by Alda.The Moonshine War
The Moonshine War is a 1970 American crime comedy-drama film directed by Richard Quine, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It stars Patrick McGoohan, Richard Widmark, Alan Alda, and Will Geer.The Seduction of Joe Tynan
The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a 1979 American political drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg, and produced by Martin Bregman. The screenplay was written by Alan Alda, who also played the title role.The film stars Alda, Barbara Harris, and Meryl Streep, with Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Kimbrough, and Carrie Nye. Meryl Streep said that she was on "automatic pilot" during filming because she went to work not long after the death of John Cazale, adding that she got through the process largely due to Alda's support.