Robert Alda

Actor, Singer, Radio host
Darkly handsome lead, later an attractively graying character actor, a veteran performer in film, theatre and TV. Alda made his film debut as George Gershwin in the tuneful biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945) and played ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1914 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Revenge of the Barbarians 2014 (Movie)

Ataulf (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Code Red 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhapsody & Song: A Tribute to George Gershwin 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucy Moves to NBC 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Squeeze 1979 (Movie)

Donati (Actor)

The Rock Rainbow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man Strikes Back 1977 (Movie)

Mr White (Actor)

Bittersweet Love 1976 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

1st Sex Clinic Doctor (Actor)

La Casa dell'Exorcismo 1974 (Movie)

Father Michael (Actor)

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Cagliostro 1973 (Movie)

Pope Clement XIII (Actor)

Le Serpent 1972 (Movie)

Questioner (Actor)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much 1967 (Movie)

Kenneth Allardice (Actor)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

Allen Loomis (Actor)

La Donna piu bella del mondo 1954 (Movie)

Doria (Actor)

April Showers (Movie)

Billy Shay (Actor)

Cinderella Jones (Movie)

Tommy Coles (Actor)

Last Hours Before Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Nora Prentiss (Movie)

Nick Dinardos (Actor)

Perfect Gentlemen (TV Show)

Actor

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

George Gershwin (Actor)

Supertrain (TV Show)

Actor

Tarzan and the Slave Girl (Movie)

Neil (Actor)

The Beast with Five Fingers (Movie)

Conrad Ryler (Actor)

The Man I Love (Movie)

Nicky Toresca (Actor)

Biography

Darkly handsome lead, later an attractively graying character actor, a veteran performer in film, theatre and TV. Alda made his film debut as George Gershwin in the tuneful biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945) and played the romantic lead in Robert Florey's stylish cult horror thriller, "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1947). His film career diminished in the 1950s, but Alda played occasional character roles such as Lana Turner's lecherous agent in "Imitation of Life" (1959). He also enjoyed notable success onstage beginning with his Tony-winning performance in the landmark musical "Guys and Dolls" (1950). In the 60s Alda lived in Italy and made a number of films there. TV also kept him busy in games shows and the adventure series "Secret File, U.S.A." during the early 50s; he later performed on the soaps "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm" and contributed a memorable guest performance as a general who cracks up on "M*A*S*H", starring his son Alan Alda.

Relationships

Joan Alda

Wife

Alan Alda

Son

Antony Alda

Son

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York
graduated

Milestones

1979

Acted on the short-lived TV series, "Supertrain"

1954

Played Major Bill Morgan on the syndicated adventure series, "Secret File, U.S.A."

1950

Broadway debut, "Guys and Dolls"

1944

First film as actor, "Rhapsody in Blue"

1942

Signed by Warner Brothers

Performed at small night clubs, with theatrical stock companies and with Minsky's burlesque

Worked for a time as an architectural draftsman

Acted on the TV soap operas "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm"

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