Alan Alda

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Though a successful stage and film actor, Alan Alda made his most lasting impact playing Hawkeye Pierce, the suave, but goofy surgeon fond of homemade martinis and chasing after nurses on the classic television series ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1936 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (145)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

Thomas Watters (Actor)

A YoungArts Masterclass 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Blacklist 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big C 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Carvin (Actor)

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

Arthur Shaw (Actor)

The Human Spark 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diminished Capacity 2008 (Movie)

Rollie Zerbs (Actor)

Flash of Genius 2008 (Movie)

Gregory Lawson (Actor)

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Albert Burnside (Actor)

Resurrecting the Champ 2007 (Movie)

Metz (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Senator Ralph Owen Brewster (Actor)

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Invasion 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Men's Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Hunters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Growing Up Different 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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On the Ball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pet Tech 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Your Mind 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chimps R Us 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat and Happy? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Flying Free 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Life's Little Questions II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Really Big Questions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

SuperPeople 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bionic Body 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Places 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Frontiers Decade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mediterranean on the Rocks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Natural Born Robots 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Say Die 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage to the Galapagos 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Dan Wanamaker (Actor)

Animal Einsteins 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Journey to Mars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Keepers of the Frame 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Life's Little Questions 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Science in Paradise 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Spiders! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Science? 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Expedition Panama 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nordic Sagas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Zoos 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

Sidney Miller (Actor)

The Science of Art 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Going to Extremes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inventing the Future 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Kevin Hollander (Actor)

Murder At 1600 1997 (Movie)

Jordan (Actor)

Pieces of Mind 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots Alive! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Science Safari 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Woody Allen: A to Z 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

21st Century Medicine 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Creatures of the Deep 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Creatures of the Deep 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragon Science 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

Richard Schlicting (Actor)

Flying High 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild West 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

About All You Can Eat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

President (Actor)

It's a Kid's World 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Big Questions 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Prime Time Primates 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Science Italian Style 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Contests and Competitions 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

One on One: Classic Television Interviews 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Scientific American Frontiers (01/19/94) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Scientific American Frontiers (10/13/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Special Edition From Germany 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Science of Sports 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

Leo Green (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Eddie Hopper (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Steve Giardino (Actor)

Scared Sexless 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Michel Burgess (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

Jack Burroughs (Actor)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

Joe Tynan (Actor)

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Bill Warren (Actor)

Same Time, Next Year 1978 (Movie)

George Peters (Actor)

Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

What's My Line? 1968 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Free To Be...You And Me 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hotel 90 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Playmates 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

To Kill a Clown 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Truman Capote's "The Glass House" 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny 1970 (Movie)

Delano (Actor)

Paper Lion 1969 (Movie)

George Plimpton (Actor)

The Mephisto Waltz 1969 (Movie)

Myles Clarkson (Actor)

The Moonshine War 1969 (Movie)

Son Martin (Actor)

The Extraordinary Seaman 1968 (Movie)

Lieutenant JG Morton Krim (Actor)

Gone Are the Days 1963 (Movie)

Charlie Cotchipee (Actor)

6 Rms Riv Vu (TV Show)

Actor

Affairs of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Club Land (TV Show)

Actor

Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

Actor

Lily (TV Show)

Actor

Playmates (Movie)

(Actor)

The Killing Yard (TV Show)

Actor

White Mile (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (6)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

We'll Get By 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (5)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Hickey vs. Anybody 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Susan and Sam 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

We'll Get By 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Though a successful stage and film actor, Alan Alda made his most lasting impact playing Hawkeye Pierce, the suave, but goofy surgeon fond of homemade martinis and chasing after nurses on the classic television series "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983). Because of his long, successful stint on what many considered the greatest show of all time, Alda managed to branch out of acting into writing and directing, becoming the only creative personality to have won Emmy awards in all three categories. Prior to "M*A*S*H," Alda was an acclaimed actor on stage and in films, making notable performances in "Purlie Victorious" (1961-62), "The Apple Tree" (1966-67) and "Paper Lion" (1968). After directing the last episode of "M*A*S*H," the most watched series finale in history, Alda went on to a fair amount of success, both in front of and behind the camera, directing and starring in "The Four Seasons" (1981), "Sweet Liberty" (1986) and "A New Life" (1988). As his career marched on, however, Alda took a back seat in his later years, comfortably shifting from leading man to crafty supporting player. He delivered strong, acclaimed performances in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and "And the Band Played On" (HBO, 1993), both of which turned his nice guy persona on its head. By the time he won an Emmy for playing a republican presidential candidate on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), Alda was revered for being one of the most accomplished and versatile actors in the business.

Relationships

Joan Alda

Mother
Crowned Miss New York in a beauty pageant battled with schizophrenia throughout her life divorced from Alan's father

Eve Alda

Daughter
Mother, Arlene Alda

Arlene Alda

Wife
Met when she was a clarinetist with Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony married March 15, 1957

Robert Alda

Father
Born in 1914 and died in 1986 best known for starring as George Gershwin in the biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945) and for playing Nathan Detroit in the original 1950 Broadway production of "Guys and Dolls" divorced from Alan's mother later remarried to Flora Martino

Beatrice Alda

Daughter
Mother, Arlene Alda appeared in father's films, "The Four Seasons" (1981) and "A New Life" (1988)

Elizabeth Alda

Daughter
Mother, Arlene Alda appeared in father's film, "The Four Seasons" (1981)

Antony Alda

Half-Brother
Son of Robert Alda and Flora Martino born in France studied at Juilliard in NYC and at Notre Dame International in Rome was a regular on NBC's "Days of Our Lives"

Flora Martino

Step-Mother
Married Robert Alda, after his divorce from his first wife

EDUCATION

Fordham University

Bronx , New York 1956
Student staff member of its FM radio station, WFUV; during his junior year, he studied in Europe

Archbishop Stepinac High School

White Plains , New York

Cleveland Playhouse

Cleveland , Ohio
Attended on a Ford Foundation Grant

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with "The Object of My Affection" co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in "Wanderlust"

2011

Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"

2011

Guest starred on Showtime's "The Big C"

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest starring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as Milton Greene, Jack's biological father

2007

Co-starred in the boxing film "Resurrecting the Champ"

2005

Published his memoir Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

2005

Starred in Joe Mantello's revival of David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross"; earned a Tony nomination for his role

2004

Joined the cast of NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" playing a Republican from California with presidential aspirations; earned Emmy (2005) and SAG (2006) nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2004

Cast as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" based on the life of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Played lead role of physicist Richard Feynman in the L.A. stage production of "Q.E.D."; reprised role in NYC

2001

Received 30th career Emmy nomination for the Showtime movie "Club Land"

2001

Portrayed defense attorney Ernie Goodman in the Showtime original movie "The Killing Yard"

1999

Had a recurring role on NBC's "ER" as a prominent surgeon in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

1998

Played Jennifer Aniston's brother-in-law in "The Object of My Affection"

1998

Returned to Broadway, co-starring with Alfred Molina and Victor Garber in "Art"

1997

Appeared in Costa-Gavras' "Mad City" opposite Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta

1996

Made third film with Woody Allen, the romantic musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You"

1996

Reprised stage role in CBS TV adaptation of "Neil Simon's 'Jake's Women'"

1994

Offered an uncharacteristically nasty turn in the based-on-fact drama "White Mile" (HBO)

1993

Portrayed scientist Robert Gallo in the acclaimed TV-movie "And the Band Played On" (HBO); received Emmy nomination

1993

Teamed again with Woody Allen for "Manhattan Murder Mystery"

1993

Hosted the PBS series "Scientific American Frontiers"

1992

Returned to Broadway as star of Neil Simon's play "Jake's Women"

1991

Made London stage debut as the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"

1990

Wrote and directed "Betsey's Wedding"; also co-starred

1989

Received critical acclaim for the role of an egotistical director in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1988

Helmed third film (also wrote and starred), "A New Life"

1986

Directed and wrote second film, "Sweet Liberty"

1984

Executive produced the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Four Seasons" based film; also appeared in pilot

1981

Feature directing debut (also scripted) the ensemble "The Four Seasons"; again collaborated with Burnett who played his onscreen spouse

1979

Feature screenwriting debut, "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"; also starred as the titular politician

1978

Teamed with Ellen Burstyn in Robert Mulligan's feature adaptation of "Same Time, Next Year"

1977

Portrayed convicted killer Caryl Chessman in the NBC TV-movie "Kill Me If You Can"; earned an Emmy nomination

1975

Created and wrote pilot for the CBS sitcom "We'll Get By"; also executive produced

1974

Co-directed and co-starred (with Carol Burnett) in the TV adaptation of the Broadway comedy "6 Rms Riv Vu" (CBS); earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor

1972

Breakthrough role of Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce in the TV adaptation of the 1970 film "M*A*S*H" (CBS); wrote 13 episodes and directed 32, including the show's 1983 two-and-a-half hour series finale "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"; earned 25 Em

1972

TV-movie debut in "The Glass House" (ABC)

1968

Portrayed George Plimpton in the biopic "Paper Lion"

1967

Starred in the Broadway musical "The Apple Tree"; earned a Tony Award nomination

1964

First leading role on Broadway in "The Owl and the Pussycat"

1964

Cast as a series regular on the NBC political and social satire program "That Was the Week That Was"

1963

Film acting debut in "Gone Are the Days"; repeating his role from the Broadway production "Purlie Victorious"

1963

Appeared in the Broadway play "Fair Game for Lovers"

1961

Co-starred in "Purlie Victorious" on Broadway

1956

Made New York stage debut as an understudy in "The Hot Corner"

1955

While in Europe studying abroad, performed with father on stage in the Rome production of "Room Service"

1953

Made theatrical debut at age 17, starring in "Charley's Aunt" in summer stock in Barnesville, PA

1951

Performed Abbott-and-Costello-style comic sketches with his father at the Hollywood Canteen

Bonus Trivia

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Alda received the Ford Foundation Grant after college graduation, which enabled him to perform with the Cleveland Playhouse from 1958-59.

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In 1976, the Boston Globe dubbed Alda "the quintessential Honorary Woman: a feminist icon" for his activism on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Alda received honorary degrees from Fordham University (1978), Drew University (1979), Columbia University (1979), Connecticut University (1980), and Kenyon College (1982).

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"I'm very happy I've done something that gives people pleasure still after all these years. Not that they remember: that they still see it. But for me, as a personal experience for me, it's as though it happened to somebody else." – Alda to The New York Times, May 18, 1994

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"I never was as wonderful a person as everybody said I was. It occurred to me a couple of days ago that it's too bad that I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few good people like that." – Alda quoted in The New York Times, May 18, 1994

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"Alan is a closet intellectual. He's a bright guy with a an inquiring mind." – Wayne Rogers, "M*A*S*H*" co-star, quoted to TV Guide, Oct. 23, 1999

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On Oct. 18, 2003, Alda underwent an emergency appendectomy a day after checking into the Regional Hospital in La Serena, 300 miles north of the capital of Santiago, complaining of severe abdominal pains.

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