Alan Alda Celebrity Life
Alan Alda, born on 28th January 1936 as Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo, is an American actor, screenwriter, director, comedian, as well as an author. A 6-time winner of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award, his most notable work is the role of Hawkeye Pierce in the M*A*S*H television war series (1972–1983).
He is often recognized as Uncle Pete, from Horace and Pete, the tragicomedy web series by Louis C.K. that won the Peabody Award. He has also appeared on many television programs like The West Wing, and 30 Rock, films like Same Time, Next Year (1978), The Four Seasons (1981), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Flirting With Disaster (1996), Bridge of Spies (2015), and Marriage Story (2019).
Alda was in The Bronx, in New York, U.S. and is 83 years old at present. His father is Robert Alda, mother is Joan Browne, and brother is Antony Alda. Alan attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham University in 1956. As a baby, he appeared on stage for the first time. He had also suffered from polio as a child and had a mentally unstable mother.
Professional biography and notable performances
At the age of 16, Alda began performing in a Pennsylvania summer stock theater. He spent a bit of time studying abroad as a Fordham University student and made a TV appearance there with his father. Only in America was his Broadway debut in 1959, following which he appeared in Purlie Victorious (1960).
His film debut was in Gone Are the Days (1963). He was given a lot of recognition for his role in the play Fair Game for Lovers and other Broadway appearances in productions like The Owl and the Pussycat and The Apple Tree. He was also in the football comedy Paper Lion (1968) and the drama Jenny (1970).
The TV series M*A*S*H, which premiered in 1972, became one of the most successful situation comedies in television history and Alda played Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce, the cynical, but tender-hearted surgeon, popularly called Hawkeye. M*A*S*H, which lasted more than a decade, gave Alda the chance to explore his entire spectrum of creative abilities.
To his credit, are films such as California Suite (1978), The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), The Four Seasons (1981), Sweet Liberty (1986), A New Life (1988), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) and The Aviator (2004).
Alda signed on to the small screen in 1993 to anchor the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers and was the host of the show until 2005. Alda joined the TV-political drama series, The West Wing, in 2004 and won an Emmy in 2006 for his role as Republican Senator, Arnold Vinick.
Alda was nominated for a Tony for his role as Shelly Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross in 2005. He also published a memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned, in 2005. In 2007, he released, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, his 2nd autobiographical work. He has also made appearances on TV comedies like 30 Rock, The Big C, and The Blacklist; and also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies. Despite his lengthy career, Alda remains scandal-free and has a net worth of around $40 million as of 2019.
In 1956 Alda met Arlene Weiss, who was studying at Hunter College, while he was attending Fordham and the two got married on 15th March, 1957 and have 3 daughters: Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice. Two of his 8 grandkids are pursuing acting careers. In an interview with CBS This Morning in 2018, Alda expressed how he had received a Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2015.
Alan Alda’s work on M*A*S*H has won numerous awards, including more than 20 nominations for the Emmy Award. Over the years, he has taken home TV’s most prestigious awards in several categories. Alda has won 6 Emmy and 6 Golden Globe Awards:
Emmy Awards – 5 for M*A*S*H
- 1974 – Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- 1974 – Actor of the Year
- 1977 – Directing for a Comedy Series
- 1979 – Writing for a Comedy Series
- 1982 – Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- 2006 – Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – The West Wing
Golden Globe Awards
- Best TV Actor – Comedy or Musical for M*A*S*H in the years 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983.