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Alda's career spans motion pictures, television and the Broadway stage. His motion picture credits include Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You", "Manhattan Murder Mystery", "Crimes and Misdemeanors", and "Same Time Next Year", "California Suite", "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (which he wrote), "The Four Seasons", "Sweet Liberty", "A New Life" and "Betsy's Wedding" (which he wrote and directed), "Whispers in the Dark", "Flirting With Disaster", "Murder at 1600", "The Object of My Affection" and "Mad City". For his role in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" he won the D.W. Griffith Award, the New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a British Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. In 2001 he will appear in the films "Club Land" and "The Killing Yard" on the Showtime network.

Alan as M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce
Alan as M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce

He played Hawkeye Pierce in the classic TV series, "M*A*S*H," and also wrote and directed many of the episodes. During his 11 years on "M*A*S*H" Alda won the Emmy Award five times. He is the only person to be honored by the Television Academy as top performer, writer and director. In all, he has received 29 Emmy nominations. In addition, he has won three Director's Guild of America Awards, six Golden Globe Awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and seven People's Choice Awards.

Alan,  age 6
Alan, age 6  

Alda, born in New York City, is the son of another distinguished actor, Robert Alda. He made his stage debut at 16 in summer stock at Barnesville, Pennsylvania. During his junior year at New York's Fordham University, he studied in Europe, where he performed on stage in Rome and on television in Amsterdam with his father.

After college, he acted at the Cleveland Playhouse on a Ford Foundation grant. Upon his return to New York, he performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and on television. He later added improvisational performing to his acting skills by appearing in "Second City" in New York and "Compass" at Hyannisport, Massachusetts. That background in political and social satire led to his work as a regular on television's "That Was the Week That Was." [continued]



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