Alan Alda

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/28/1936, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; screenwriter; director; author
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The son of an actor and a beauty queen, Alan Alda began acting as a teen and found work on the small and big screens in his twenties. But it wasn't until he signed on to seminal sitcom M*A*S*H that he became a household name, eventually winning Emmys for acting, writing and directing. In real life, Alda is a private family man who makes his home in New Jersey, far from Tinseltown. After two decades in which he primarily worked in film, Alda returned to series TV in 2004 as a Republican senator on The West Wing. The next year, at age 69, Alda scored an entertainment hat trick when he was nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. Also the author of two memoirs, Alda has continued doing film and television work into his 70s, narrating PBS's The Human Spark in 2010.Alan Alda Fast Facts:
  • Had polio as a child.
  • At age 15 performed Abbott-and-Costello-style routines with his father at the Hollywood Canteen.
  • Made theatrical debut at age 17 in Charley's Aunt.
  • Served in Korea in the Army Reserve.
  • While a struggling actor, worked as a cab driver and a clown.
  • Supported feminist causes and campaigned for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Appointed in 1976 by President Gerald Ford to serve on the National Commission for the Observance of International Women's Year.
  • Received honorary degrees from Drew University (1979), Columbia University (1979), Connecticut University (1980) and Kenyon College (1982).
  • Received 25 Emmy nominations for the series M*A*S*H and became the first person to win awards for writing, directing and acting in episodes of the same series.
  • Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • Alan Alda Relationships:
  • Anthony Alda - Brother
  • Robert Alda - Father
  • Joan Alda - Mother
  • Arlene Alda - Wife
  • Beatrice Alda - Daughter
  • Elizabeth Alda - Daughter
  • Eve Alda - Daughter
  • Alan Alda Awards:
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1974 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1977 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1979 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1981 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Lead Actor in a Drama - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1979 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1980 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1967 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Winner
  • 1992 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 1981 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer - Winner
  • 2005 Tony: Actor (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • 1980 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer - Winner
  • 1979 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Actor of the Year - Series - Winner
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Nominee
  • 1982 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1980 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 2004 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1990 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1969 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Nominee
  • 1981 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1975 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • College:
  • Fordham University, Bronx, NY (BA, 1956)

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