Alan Alda

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Alan Alda has recently had the distinction of being nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, and an EMMY -- as well as publishing a bestselling book -- all in the same year.
His memoir, entitled Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I've Learned, became a New York Times bestseller.
His 2005 EMMY nomination was for his role as Arnold Vinick, Republican candidate for the presidency on "The West Wing" (which brought him two SAG Award nominations in the same year, Best Actor and Best Ensemble in a Drama Series). He also received a Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." On film that year, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award and was also nominated for a British Academy Award.
2006 honors include his 32nd Emmy nomination and winning his sixth Emmy for his appearance on "West Wing" (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series) as well as the National Science Board's Public Service Award, and his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has earned international recognition as an actor, writer and director. In addition to "The Aviator," Films include "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Flirting With Disaster," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "And The Band Played On," "Same Time, Next Year" and "California Suite," as well as "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," which he wrote, and also "The Four Seasons," "Sweet Liberty," "A New Life," and "Betsy's Wedding," all of which he wrote and directed.
For his role in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" he won the D.W. Griffith Award, the NY Film Critics Award, and was nominated for a British Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor.
On Broadway, he has appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play "QED." He starred in the first American production of the international hit play "ART." In addition to his nomination for "Glengarry," he was also nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women" and the musical "The Apple Tree." Other appearances on Broadway include "The Owl and the Pussycat", "Purlie Victorious" and "Fair Game for Lovers" for which he received a Theatre World Award.
On television, he hosted the award winning series "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS for eleven years, interviewing leading scientists from around the world.
He played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series "M*A*S*H," and also wrote and directed many of the episodes. Alda is the only person to be honored by the TV Academy as top performer, writer and director. His 32 Emmy nominations include one in 1999 for his performance on "ER." In 1994 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Other Television performances include "Truman Capote's The Glass House" and "Kill Me If You Can," for which he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Caryl Chessman, the inmate who spent 12 years on death row.
He has won the Director's Guild Award three times for his work on television, and has received six Golden Globes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and seven People's Choice Awards, and has been nominated for two Writer's Guild Awards.
Alan Alda was born in New York City, the son of the distinguished actor, Robert Alda. He began acting in the theater at the age of 16 in summer stock in Barnesville, Pennsylvania.
During his junior year at Fordham University, he studied in Europe where he performed on the stage in Rome and on television in Amsterdam with his father.
After college, he acted at the Cleveland Playhouse on a Ford Foundation grant. On his return to New York, he was seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and on television. He later acquired improvisational training with "Second City" in New York and "Compass" at Hyannisport. That background in political and social satire led to his work as a regular on television's "That Was the Week That Was."
For twenty years he was a member of the Board of the Museum of Television & Radio, and for ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he was a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.
His wife, Arlene, is the author of fourteen children's books. An award winning professional photographer, her work has appeared in a number of magazines and books. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Alan Alda Photos


Broadway Revival, 2014
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2005
Shelly Levene

Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mystery Guest Star [Replacement]

Lincoln Center Production, 2001
Richard Feynman

Original Broadway Production, 1998


Original Broadway Production, 1966
Adam/Captain Sanjar/Flip, The Prince Charming


Captain Sanjar

Flip, the Prince, Charming

F. Sherman

Original Broadway Production, 1964
Dr. Irving Gilbert


Charley Cotchipee

Telephone Man


Broadway: Love Letters, Glenn Garry Glenn Ross, QED, Art, Jake’s Women (Tony nomination), The Apple Tree (Tony nomination) and The Owl and the Pussycast. Film: Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (Oscar Nomination); Crimes and Misdemeanors (British Academy Award nomination); Everyone Says I Love You; Flirting With Disaster; Manhattan Murder Mystery; Same Time, Next Year’; California Suite; The Seduction of Joe Tyman (which he also wrote); The Four Seasons; Sweet Liberty; A New Life; and Betsy’s Wedding (which he also wrote and directed). TV: “The West Wing,” “30 Rock,” “The Big C,” “The Blacklist,” “ER,” host of “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS, “M*A*S*H” (played Hawkeye Pierce for 11 years, wrote and directed many episodes, won five Emmy Awards). Nominated for 30 Emmys; inducted into the Television Hall of Fame; won three Directors Guild Awards, six Golden Globes, seven People’s Choice Awards; nominated for two Writers Guild Awards.

Alan Alda Movies

[1963]Gone Are the Days! Charlie Cotchipee

[1968]Paper Lion George Plimpton

[1969]The Extraordinary Seaman Lt. J, G Morton Krim

[1970]The Moonshine War John W. Son Martin

[1970]Jenny Delano

[1971]The Mephisto Waltz Myles Clarkson

[1972]To Kill a Clown Maj. Evelyn Ritchie

[1978]California Suite Bill Warren

[1978]Same Time, Next Year George Peters

[1979]The Seduction of Joe Tynan Joe Tynan

[1981]The Four Seasons Jack Burroughs

[1986]Sweet Liberty Michael Burgess

[1988]A New Life Steve Giardino

[1989]Crimes and Misdemeanors Lester

[1990]Betsy's Wedding Eddie Hopper

[1992]Whispers in the Dark Leo Green

[1993]Manhattan Murder Mystery Ted

[1995]Canadian Bacon President of the United States

[1996]Flirting with Disaster Richard Schlichting

[1996]Everyone Says I Love You Bob

[1997]Mad City Kevin Hollander

[1997]Murder at 1600 Jordan

[1998]The Object of My Affection Sidney Miller

[2000]What Women Want Dan Wanamaker

[2004]The Aviator Senator Ralph Owen Brewster

[2007]Resurrecting the Champ Ralph Metz

[2008]Nothing But the Truth Albert Burnside

[2008]Diminished Capacity Uncle Rollie Zerbs

[2008]Flash of Genius Gregory Lawson

[2011]Tower Heist Arthur Shaw

[2012]Wanderlust Carvin Waggie

[2015]The Longest Ride Ira Levinson

[2015]Bridge of Spies Thom Watters Jr.

[2019]Marriage Story Bert Spitz

Alan Alda TV Shows

30 Rock Milton Greene

M*A*S*H Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce

Ray Donovan Dr. Arthur Amiot

The Big C Dr. Atticus Sherman

The Blacklist Alan Fitch

The Good Fight Solomon Waltzer

The West Wing Senator Arnold Vinick

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Alan Alda has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

Alan Alda has not appeared in the West End

Alan Alda has been nominated for several awards throughout his Broadway career. These include the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Theatre World Awards. He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his role in "Glengarry Glen Ross." Alda received Special Awards from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work in "Art" and was nominated for Best Actor - Play for "Jake's Women." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Jake's Women" and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for "The Apple Tree." Alda's performance in "Fair Game for Lovers" earned him a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards.

Alan Alda has won several awards throughout his career in the theater world. Some of his notable wins include the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Theatre World Awards, the Special Awards from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Performance Award from the Theatre World Awards for his work in Fair Game for Lovers. These accolades recognize his outstanding contributions to the theater industry.

Alan Alda has written 1 shows including Darwin's Theories (Sketches).

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