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Alan Alda

 
Date Of Birth:
January 28, 1936 (86)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 28, 1936 (86)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Photos

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Shelly Levene
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mystery Guest Star [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2001
Richard Feynman
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Marc
  [Broadway]
1992
Jake
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Adam/Captain Sanjar/Flip, The Prince Charming
Adam
Captain Sanjar
Flip, the Prince, Charming
  [Broadway]
1964
F. Sherman
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Dr. Irving Gilbert
  [Broadway]
1964
Benny
  [Broadway]
1961
Charley Cotchipee
  [Broadway]
1959
Telephone Man

Writing

Sketches
Broadway: Love Letters, Glenn Garry Glenn Ross, QED, Art, Jake√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Women (Tony nomination), The Apple Tree (Tony nomination) and The Owl and the Pussycast. Film: Martin Scorsese√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 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√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ; California Suite; The Seduction of Joe Tyman (which he also wrote); The Four Seasons; Sweet Liberty; A New Life; and Betsy√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Wedding (which he also wrote and directed). TV: √Ę‚ā¨ŇďThe West Wing,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨Ňď30 Rock,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨ŇďThe Big C,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨ŇďThe Blacklist,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě √Ę‚ā¨ŇďER,√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě host of √Ę‚ā¨ŇďScientific American Frontiers√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě on PBS, √Ę‚ā¨ŇďM*A*S*H√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě (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√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Choice Awards; nominated for two Writers Guild Awards.

Alan Alda Biography

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 Awards and Nominations

 
Theatre World Awards - 2013 - John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement Gold Star
Alan Alda
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Alan Alda, Glengarry Glen Ross
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Special Awards Gold Star
Alan Alda, Art
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best Actor - Play
Alan Alda, Jake's Women
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Alan Alda , Jake's Women
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alan Alda, The Apple Tree
 
Theatre World Awards - 1964 - Performance Gold Star
Alan Alda, Fair Game for Lovers

Alan Alda News

77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony Set for June 2023 Photo 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony Set for June 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

The 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday evening, June 5, 2023 beginning at 7:00PM. The Theatre World Awards are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway Debut Performances.

Bock & Harnick's THE APPLE TREE to Open at Ghostlight Players This Week Photo Bock & Harnick's THE APPLE TREE to Open at Ghostlight Players This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 10, 2022

Ghostlight Players will present ‚ÄúThe Apple Tree,‚ÄĚ a musical from the creators of ‚ÄúFiddler on the Roof‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúShe Loves Me,‚ÄĚ from October 13 - 16 at Hemsley Hall. ‚ÄúThe Apple Tree‚ÄĚ features a book and score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, with additional material by Jerome Coopersmith.

The Second City Will Launch New York Location in 2023 Photo The Second City Will Launch New York Location in 2023
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2022

The Second City has announced that its first-ever physical location in New York City will open in Summer 2023. 

NAB to Honor Ryan Seacrest With Distinguished Service Award Photo NAB to Honor Ryan Seacrest With Distinguished Service Award
by Michael Major - Sep 1, 2022

Ryan Seacrest will receive the 2022 National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA), the organization’s highest honor, which recognizes those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the American system of broadcasting.

Alec Baldwin, Tony Shalhoub and John Leguizamo Returning to Broadway in Yasmina Reza' Photo Alec Baldwin, Tony Shalhoub and John Leguizamo Returning to Broadway in Yasmina Reza's ART?
by Rialto Chatter - Aug 30, 2022

A revival of Yasmina Reza's Art  might open on Broadway in Spring 2023. Starring Alec Baldwin, Tony Shalhoub, and John Leguizamo, it will be directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus, who also helmed the original production in 1998. It will reportedly play at a Shubert theatre.

BrightSide Theatre to Present SHE LOVES ME in October Photo BrightSide Theatre to Present SHE LOVES ME in October
by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 27, 2022

BrightSide Theatre Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak have announced that they will begin their 10th season with She Loves Me, running from October 14 through 30th. 

RAY DONOVAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming to DVD Photo RAY DONOVAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming to DVD
by Michael Major - Aug 8, 2022

Liev Schreiber (Spotlight), and Jon Voight (Coming Home) and Alan Alda (‚ÄúThe West Wing‚ÄĚ), return to their iconic roles as Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan and Dr. Arthur Amoit. The 29-disc collection includes every episode from the Emmy¬ģ award winning series including over two hours of special features and RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE.

TV Legends Hal Linden And Bernie Kopell Team Up For TWO JEWS, TALKING Off Broadway Th Photo TV Legends Hal Linden And Bernie Kopell Team Up For TWO JEWS, TALKING Off Broadway This Summer
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 19, 2022

Tony & Emmy Award Winner Hal Linden (The Rothschilds, Barney Miller) and legendary television star Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat, Get Smart, That Girl) will pair up for the world premiere of the new comedy Two Jews, Talking.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens C Photo The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens Center Renovation
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced the selection of the nationally recognized firms Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Charlotte, and Steinberg Hart, based in Los Angeles, as the design team that will lead Phase One of a multiphase, comprehensive renovation of the historic Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

Tyne Daly Will Lead the Nation's Top Regional Theater Actors as Master Teacher for th Photo Tyne Daly Will Lead the Nation's Top Regional Theater Actors as Master Teacher for the 2022 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2022

Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced renowned actor Tyne Daly will serve as the Master Teacher for the 2022 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theater.

Alan Alda Videos

VIDEO: Watch Adam Driver Sing 'Being Alive' From COMPANY in His Film MARRIAGE STORY Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Adam Driver Sing 'Being Alive' From COMPANY in His Film MARRIAGE STORY

by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2019

Netflix has shared a clip from the film Marriage Story that features Adam Driver's character Charlie singing a piano-bar rendition of Steven Sondheim's 'Being Alive' from the 1970 musical Company.

MARRIAGE STORY Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson Wins Four Gotham Awards Videoplay
MARRIAGE STORY Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson Wins Four Gotham Awards

by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2019

MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Netflix has released the trailer for MARRIAGE STORY, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

VIDEO: Adam Driver Reveals He and Noah Baumbach Considered Making a Film Version of C Videoplay
VIDEO: Adam Driver Reveals He and Noah Baumbach Considered Making a Film Version of COMPANY

by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2019

Adam Driver appeared on last night's Late Night With Seth Meyers to talk about his new film, Marriage Story. In the film, Driver sings Being Alive from the musical Company, but he also revealed that at one point he and Noah Baumbach considered doing a film version of the musical, before Marriage Story came about.

VIDEO: Alan Alda Talks MARRIAGE STORY on TODAY SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Alan Alda Talks MARRIAGE STORY on TODAY SHOW

by Stage Tube - Oct 23, 2019

Actor Alan Alda chats on the 3rd hour of TODAY about his new film called ‚ÄúMarriage Story,‚ÄĚ his ‚ÄúClear+Vivid‚ÄĚ podcast and his TV series ‚ÄúRay Donovan.‚ÄĚ He sings the praises of his ‚ÄúMarriage Story‚ÄĚ costars, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, saying they delivered such ‚Äúgenuine‚ÄĚ performances.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for MARRIAGE STORY Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johanss Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for MARRIAGE STORY Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson

by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 2019

MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Netflix has released the trailer for MARRIAGE STORY, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

VIDEO: On This Day, January 28- Happy Birthday, Alan Alda! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, January 28- Happy Birthday, Alan Alda!

by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2019

Alan Alda is best known for playing Hawkeye Pierce and writing many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, the final episode of which was seen by more than 105 million people, still a record audience.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for THE EMPEROR'S NEWEST CLOTHES Featuring Original Music fr Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for THE EMPEROR'S NEWEST CLOTHES Featuring Original Music from William Finn

by Stage Tube - Oct 26, 2018

Hans Christian Andersen's legendary tale is reimagined into a playful animated special for today's children. The classic fable gets a colorful, music-filled makeover in the whimsical THE EMPEROR'S NEWEST CLOTHES, written and produced by Sheila Nevins, directed by Simon Wilches-Castro and featuring the voices of Emmy© winner Alan Alda, Emmy© winner Jeff Daniels, and Alison Pill. The special features original songs by Tony Award-winning composer William Finn ('Falsettos, 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee').

VIDEO: BROAD CITY Stars Prepare to Survive Trump's America
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 20, 2017

In an all-new video, BROAD CITY's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer check in to make sure that they have everything they'll need to survive in Tr**p's America. Check it out below!

BWW TV: Who Got Too Much Tuna? OH, HELLO Remembers the Many Celebrity Guests of 2016
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 22, 2016

OH, HELLO has already welcomed a slew of surprise guests, who join Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) and George St Geegland (John Mulaney) every night for their cable-access show, 'Too Much Tuna.' Recent guests have included Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, John Oliver, Jason Alexander, Geraldo Rivera, Edie Falco, Andrew Rannells, Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Groban, Conan O'Brien, Martin Short, Ralph Macchio, Ben Stiller, Fred Armisen, and The Apatow Family.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch What Happens When Annaleigh Ashford Gets Served Too Much Tuna at OH, HELLO!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 19, 2016

OH, HELLO has already welcomed a slew of surprise guests, who join Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) and George St Geegland (John Mulaney) every night for their cable-access show, 'Too Much Tuna.' Recent guests have included Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, John Oliver, Jason Alexander, Geraldo Rivera, Edie Falco, Andrew Rannells, Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Groban, Conan O'Brien, Martin Short, Ralph Macchio, Ben Stiller, Fred Armisen, and The Apatow Family.


Alan Alda Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Alan Alda been in?
Alan Alda has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

How many West End shows has Alan Alda been in?
Alan Alda has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Alan Alda been nominated for?
John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement (Theatre World Awards) for , Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Glengarry Glen Ross , Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Art , Best Actor - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jake's Women , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Jake's Women Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Apple Tree and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Fair Game for Lovers .

What awards has Alan Alda won?
John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement (Theatre World Awards) for Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Art and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Fair Game for Lovers.

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