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Alan Alda Biography

Birth Name:
Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, screenwriter, director, author

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

Awards

  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1989New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1989National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1982People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1981People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1980People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1979People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1975People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1974Emmy-Best Lead Actor in a Drama: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Actor of the Year - Series: winner
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1973Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1969Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: nominated