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Alan Alda
Birthday: January 28, 1936

Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 6' 2"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Alan Alda. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



The son of actor Robert Alda, Alan Alda grew up around vaudeville and burlesque comedians, soaking up as many jokes and routines as was humanly possible. Robert Alda hoped that his son would become a doctor, but the boy's urge to perform won out. After graduating from Fordham University, Alda first acted at the Cleveland Playhouse, and then put his computer-like retention of comedy bits to good use as an improvisational performer with Chicago's Second City and an ensemble player on the satirical TV weekly That Was the Week That Was. Alda's first film was Gone Are the Days in 1963, adapted from the Ossie Davis play in which Alda had appeared on Broadway. (Among the actor's many subsequent stage credits were the original productions of The Apple Tree and The Owl and the Pussycat.) Most of Alda's films were critical successes but financial disappointments. He portrayed George Plimpton in the 1968 adaptation of the writer's bestseller Paper Lion and was a crazed Vietnam vet in the 1972 movie To Kill a Clown. Alda's signature role was the wisecracking Army surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 through 1983. Intensely pacifistic, the series adhered to Alda's own attitudes towards warfare. (He'd once been an ROTC member in college, but became physically ill at the notion of learning how to kill.) During his M*A*S*H years, Alda also began auxiliary careers as a director and scriptwriter, winning numerous Emmy awards in the process. He also developed a separate sitcom, 1974's We'll Get By. In 1978, Alda took advantage of an unusually lengthy production break in M*A*S*H to star in three films: California Suite, Same Time, Next Year, and The Seduction of Joe Tynan. He made his theatrical-movie directorial debut in 1981 with The Four Seasons, a semiserious exploration of modern romantic gamesmanship; it would prove to be his most successful film as a director, with subsequent efforts like Sweet Liberty (1986) and Betsy's Wedding (1989) no where close. Long associated with major political and social causes and well-known both offscreen and on as a man of heightened sensitivity, Alda has occasionally delighted in going against the grain of his carefully cultivated image with nasty, spiteful characterizations, most notably in Woody Allen'sCrimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and as death row inmate Caryl Chessman in the 1977 TV movie Kill Me if You Can. Alda later continued to make his mark on audiences with his more accustomed nice-guy portrayals in films such as Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Flirting With Disaster (1996), and The Object of My Affection (1998).The next several years saw Alda show up in a handful of supporting roles, but in 2004, he had his biggest year in more than a decade. First, he appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorcese's critically-acclaimed Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. Playing Senator Ralph Owen Brewster, Alda would go on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar-nomination, the first nod from the Academy in his long and impressive career. Meanwhile, on the small-screen, Alda played presidential-hopeful Arnold Vinick on NBC's political drama The West Wing, another Senator and his first regular series role since M*A*S*H.

Movie Credits
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
[ Josh Hartnett ][ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Peter Coyote ][ David Paymer ][ Harry J. Lennix ]
Institutional Memory (2006)
[ Martin Sheen ][ Jimmy Smits ][ Richard Schiff ][ Joshua Malina ]
The Last Hurrah (2006)
[ Martin Sheen ][ Jimmy Smits ][ Joshua Malina ]
Requiem (2006)
[ Martin Sheen ][ Anthony Lapaglia ][ Bradley Whitford ][ Jimmy Smits ][ Eric Close ]
Election Day: Part 2 (2006)
[ Stephen Root ][ Bradley Whitford ][ Richard Schiff ][ Joshua Malina ]
The Aviator (2004)
[ Leonardo Dicaprio ][ Jude Law ][ Martin Scorsese ][ Willem Dafoe ][ Alec Baldwin ]
The Killing Yard (2001)
[ Morris Chestnut ]
Club Land (2001)
[ Eugene Levy ][ Brad Garrett ][ Steven Weber ][ Peter Riegert ]
What Women Want (2000)
[ Mel Gibson ][ Frank Sinatra ][ Divine ][ Gary Dourdan ][ Eric Balfour ]
The Peace of Wild Things (1999)
Truth & Consequences (1999)
Sins of the Fathers (1999)
Greene with Envy (1999)
The Object of My Affection (1998)
[ Paul Rudd ][ Steve Zahn ][ Liam Aiken ][ Timothy Daly ][ Gabriel Macht ]
Murder at 1600 (1997)
[ Wesley Snipes ][ Tate Donovan ][ Harris Yulin ][ Chris Young ]
Mad City (1997)
[ John Travolta ][ Dustin Hoffman ][ Ted Levine ][ William Atherton ][ Bill Nunn ]
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
[ Edward Norton ][ Woody Allen ][ Billy Crudup ][ Tim Roth ][ Lukas Haas ]
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
[ Ben Stiller ][ Josh Brolin ][ David Patrick Kelly ][ George Segal ][ Cameron Bancroft ]
Jake's Women (1996)
Canadian Bacon (1995)
[ Dan Aykroyd ][ John Candy ][ Michael Moore ][ James Belushi ][ Rip Torn ]
White Mile (1994)
[ Peter Gallagher ][ Robert Loggia ][ Robert Picardo ][ Ken Jenkins ]
And the Band Played On (1993)
[ Ian McKellen ][ Richard Gere ][ Steve Martin ][ Matthew Modine ][ Bud Cort ]
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
[ Woody Allen ][ Zach Braff ][ Ron Rifkin ]
Whispers in the Dark (1992)
[ John Leguizamo ][ Anthony Lapaglia ][ Anthony Heald ][ Jamey Sheridan ]
Betsy's Wedding (1990)
[ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Joe Pesci ][ Anthony Lapaglia ][ Burt Young ][ Dylan Walsh ]
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
[ Woody Allen ][ Martin Landau ][ Jerry Orbach ][ Sam Waterston ]
A New Life (1988)
Sweet Liberty (1986)
[ Michael Caine ][ John C. McGinley ][ Bob Hoskins ][ Saul Rubinek ]
Strange Bedfellows (1983)
[ David Ogden Stiers ][ Harry Morgan ][ Mike Farrell ][ Jamie Farr ]
As Time Goes By (1983)
[ David Ogden Stiers ][ Harry Morgan ][ Mike Farrell ][ Jamie Farr ][ G.W. Bailey ]
Give and Take (1983)
[ David Ogden Stiers ][ Harry Morgan ][ Mike Farrell ][ Jamie Farr ][ G.W. Bailey ]
Friends and Enemies (1983)
[ David Ogden Stiers ][ Harry Morgan ][ Mike Farrell ][ Jamie Farr ]
The Four Seasons (1981)
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
[ Rip Torn ][ Dan Hedaya ]
California Suite (1978)
[ Michael Caine ][ Bill Cosby ][ Richard Pryor ][ Walter Matthau ][ Herb Edelman ]
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Kill Me If You Can (1977)
[ Philip Baker Hall ][ John Hillerman ][ Tony Burton ]
Annie and the Hoods (1974)
[ Gene Wilder ][ Tony Curtis ]
6 Rms Riv Vu (1974)
Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
[ Mel Brooks ]
Isn't It Shocking? (1973)
Playmates (1972)
[ Doug McClure ]
To Kill a Clown (1972)
The Glass House (1972)
[ Billy Dee Williams ][ Vic Morrow ][ Truman Capote ][ Clu Gulager ][ Alan Vint ]
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
The Moonshine War (1970)
[ Patrick McGoohan ][ Richard Widmark ][ Harry Carey Jr. ]
Jenny (1970)
[ Fred Willard ]
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
[ Mickey Rooney ][ David Niven ]
Paper Lion (1968)
[ Roy Scheider ]
Where's Everett (1966)
Gone Are the Days! (1963)
[ Ossie Davis ][ Godfrey Cambridge ]
Many a Sullivan (1963)


  • He did not sign on to play Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H" (1972) until 6 hours before filming began on the pilot episode.
  • He commuted from LA to his home in New Jersey every weekend for 11 years while starring in "M*A*S*H" (1972). His wife and daughters lived in NJ, and he did not want to uproot the family to LA, especially because he did not know how long the show would last.
  • Half-brother of Antony Alda.
  • Son of Robert Alda.
  • Alan, Robert and Antony appeared together in an episode of "M*A*S*H" (1972), "Lend a Hand" during season 8. Robert had previously appeared in "The Consultant" in season 3.
  • Alda almost turned down the role of Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H" (1972) because he did not want war to be a "backdrop for lighthearted high jinks... I wanted to show that the war was a bad place to be."
  • Suffered from bad case of Polio as a young child. At its worst point he was only able to move his left arm.
  • Has three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth Alda and Beatrice Alda.
  • 1975 People's Choice Award: Favourite Male TV-Performer
  • Studied at Fordham University in New York
  • Earned a reported 0,000 a week for "M*A*S*H" (1972) in 1980.
  • "If you work very, very hard, this is the kind of actor, writer, and director you may turn out to be. And if you work extra hard, this is the kind of person you may turn out to be." - James Lipton, to students at New School University, where Alda gave an interview.
  • He is the son of Joan Brown, a former Miss New York pageant winner.
  • To show the horrors of war in a television sit-com, Alda had it written into his contract that one scene of every episode must take place in the operating room while surgery occured.
  • Is the only person ever to win an Emmy for acting, writing, and directing.
  • Studied at the Sorbonne during his junior year of college.
  • Served in the U. S. Army, and he went AWOL every weekend because he was dating the woman that he ultimately married, Arlene.
  • He was once selected as the most believable actor in the U. S.
  • Once did a cartwheel down the aisle while on his way to accept an award that he had just won.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University (New York City, USA) in 1956.
  • Attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY.
  • Was one of the actors considered to play President Bartlett on "The West Wing" (1999). Alda later landed the role of Sen. Arnold Vinick in 2004 on that series.
  • 19 October 2003 - Underwent emergency surgery in La Serena, Chile to clear an intestinal obstruction.
  • Has succeeded Donald Sutherland in two roles: Hawkeye Pierce in "M*A*S*H" (1972), and Flan in Six Degrees of Separation. He played the latter part in an Audio Books recording. During an appearance both made at a ceremony/dinner for Queen Elizabeth, the two happened to be standing in the reception line next to each other. As they waited for the Queen to make her way down the line, Alda whispered to Sutherland "Thank you for my life."
  • Was the only actor to appear in every episode of "M*A*S*H" (1972).
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 7-8. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • With the exception of taking a course in "Theater Games", he's never studied acting. His degree from Fordham University is in English. He felt that he was a natural performer and that studying would ruin his gift for being natural.
  • His favorite curseword is "horse". It stems from an outburst he once had on a set, where he went through every obscenity he could think of, then unable to come up with anymore, he loudly stated "Horse!". According to Alda, it has since become his favorite curse.
  • He is an Italian-American.
  • Has been nominated three times for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1967, as Best Actor (Musical) for "The Apple Tree," in 1992, as Best Actor (Play) for "Jake's Women." and in 2005 as Best Performance by a featured actor (Play) for "Glengarry Glen Ross"
  • He has twice played characters from Maine, from opposite ends of the ethical spectrum. In "M*A*S*H" he was noble surgeon Hawkeye Pierce, whose hometown was Crabapple Cove, Maine. In "The Aviator" he played corrupt U.S. Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster, nemesis of Howard Hughes. The author of the original "M*A*S*H" books, Maine doctor Richard Hornberger (writing as Richard Hooker) based the Pierce character on himself but was said to dislike the TV version of his story as overly moralistic. As for Sen. Brewster, whose smarmy hypocrisy was well-depicted by Alda, he was booted out of the Senate by Maine voters in the next Republican primary.
  • Briefly considered a run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in New Jersey after Bill Bradley announced his retirement in 1995.
  • Has the distinction of playing three U.S. Senators; Senator Joe Tynan in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"(1979), (real life) Senator Ralph Owen Brewster in "The Aviator" (2004) and Senator Arnold Vinick in "The West Wing"(2004-present). Furthermore, he received an Oscar nomination for his performance in "The Aviator."
  • He and Loretta Swit were the only two to appear in both the pilot episode of M*A*S*H and in the final show. (With the exception of the opening credits, where Gary Burghoff's character Radar appears, albeit edited after his departure from the show.
  • Was the commencement speaker at Caltech's 108th commencement in June 2002.
  • Born 5:07 AM.
  • Richard Hooker, who wrote the novel on which the film and TV versions of M*A*S*H were based, did not like the TV series and in particular, he did not like Alda's portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce.
  • Was the commencement speaker at the Dwight-Englewood High School Commecement in June 1978 in Englewood, New Jersey when his daughter Elizabeth graduated.
  • Despite being an active Democrat, he has recently played two Republican senators in TV and film; the fictitious Arnold Vinick in The West Wing and the real live Ralph Owen Brewster in The Aviator (for which he received an Academy Award Nomination).

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