Alan Alda

Alan Alda

TV Actor

Alan Alda is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner and a three time Tony Award nominee, he is best known for playing Captain Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce in the CBS wartime sitcom M*A*S*H. He also wrote and directed numerous episodes of the series.

Full Name
Jan 28, 1936
6′ 2″
Net Worth


Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936, in the Bronx, New York. He is of Irish and Italian descent, and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. His father, Robert Alda, was a popular actor and singer who appeared in films such as “Rio Rita” and “The Lady from Shanghai”; his mother was a former Miss New York.

Alda's acting career began at an early age when he made his Broadway debut at the age of seven. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York before studying English literature at Fordham University. After graduating college in 1956, he enrolled in the United States Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. 

In 1961, Alda made his television debut in a small role on the show “The Phil Silvers Show.” He went on to appear as a regular cast member on several television series including “MASH” and “ER”. He also starred in movies like “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “The Aviator”. Alda won six Emmy Awards for his performances in shows like “MASH” and received numerous other awards throughout his career. He is also an accomplished writer having written books like “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned” and articles for publications such as The New Yorker magazine. 

In addition to acting and writing, Alda has been actively involved in scientific research and education initiatives involving communication skills between scientists and laypeople. In 2013 he founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University where he serves as its founding director.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1936</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Alan Alda is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 28, 1936, Alan Alda was born in New York City.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1954</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Attends Fordham University</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Alda attends Fordham University and graduates with a B.A. in English.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1956</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Acting Career</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Alda begins his professional acting career on the television show Studio One.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1972</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins MASH Cast</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joins the cast of the television series MASH as Hawkeye Pierce.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1981</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Emmy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Recieves Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role in MAS*H.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for his role in MAS*H.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Directs The Aviator</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Directs the movie The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Alda is a great role model for young actors. He has shown that hard work and dedication can lead to a successful career in the entertainment industry. He is also an advocate for science and education and has used his fame to make a positive impact on the world.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Icon of American Television</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Alda is an icon of American television, having starred in shows such as MAS*H, The West Wing and 30 Rock. His performances are legendary and he has become one of the most recognizable faces on television.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's an Award Winning Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Alda has won numerous awards, including six Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. He is recognized as one of the most talented actors in television history and has earned the respect of his peers.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Received a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Alda received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hofstra University in 2002.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Served in the US Army Reserve</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Alda served in the US Army Reserve for six years and achieved the rank of Captain.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Hosted Saturday Night Live</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Alda has hosted Saturday Night Live three times - in 1977, 1983, and 1990.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Won Several Awards for Acting and Directing</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Alda has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes, one Tony Award, and multiple other awards for his work as an actor and director.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Authored Several Books</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Alda has authored several books, including 'Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned' and 'Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself'.</p></div>


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