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Alan Alda

American actor, director, and writer

Alan Alda (real name: Alfonso Joseph D'Abruzzo) (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor. His mother was of Irish ancestry; his father was of Italian ancestry. He has appeared in, as well as directed and wrote, many movies. He is probably most famous for his role as "Hawkeye" Pierce, the central character on the comedy/drama TV series M*A*S*H, as well as writing and directing several episodes of the show, and later becoming one of its producers. Alan also has been the host of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS since 1993. His father, Robert Alda, was an actor, and his mother, Joan, was once crowned Miss New York. Alan has been married to Arlene Weiss since 1957 and they have three daughters.

Alan Alda
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Alan Alda at the World Science Festival
BornAlfonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
(1936-01-28) January 28, 1936 (age 82)
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Alma materFordham University
Years active1958 – present
Known forActing roles:
Arlene Alda (m. 1957)
AwardsActor of the Year - Series
1974 M*A*S*H
Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series
1982 M*A*S*H
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series
2006 The West Wing
Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series
1977 M*A*S*H
Outstanding Writing - Comedy Series
1979 M*A*S*H
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical
1975 M*A*S*H
1976 M*A*S*H
1980 M*A*S*H
1981 M*A*S*H
1982 M*A*S*H
1983 M*A*S*H

In 2015, Alda was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.[1] That same year, he starred in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.


  1. "Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson's disease". CBS News / CBS This Morning. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-31.

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