stage Alda has appeared in "ART", which won the 1998 Tony for
Best New Play, in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women," for which he
received a Tony nomination, and "The Apple Tree," which earned
him his first Tony nomination. A major breakthrough for Alda
was "The Owl and the Pussycat," in which he first starred on
Broadway. Among his Broadway stage credits are "Purlie Victorious"
and "Fair Game for Lovers", for which he received a Theatre
World Award. He's also played in "Our Town" in London's West
Broadway in "Jake's Women" (1992)
first motion picture role was in "Gone Are the Days," in which
he recreated his stage role from "Purlie Victorious." He later
appeared in "The Moonshine War," "Jenny," "The Mephisto Waltz"
and "Paper Lion."
performances include a recurring guest-starring role on ER,
and starring roles in the films "Jake's Women" on CBS and
"White Mile" for HBO. Other credits include "The Glass House"
and "Kill Me If You Can," for which he received an Emmy nomination
for his portrayal of Caryl Chessman.
"The Four Seasons" (1981)
making his directing debut on "M*A*S*H" Alda went on to direct
and appear in "6 Rms Riv Vu" on television, co-starring with
Carol Burnett, and several sequences in the Marlo Thomas television
special, "Free to Be...You and Me." He created, wrote and
co-produced the television series, "We'll Get By." He also
co-produced, with Martin Bregman, the television series, "The
Four Seasons," based on the hit film.
ardent supporter of feminist causes, Alda campaigned extensively
for 10 years for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
In 1976, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve
on the National Commission for the Observance of International
1985 he has been a member of the Board of the Museum of Television
and Radio and served as a member of the Board of Trustees
of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1989-99.
wife Arlene is an award-winning professional photographer
whose work has appeared in such leading magazines as Life,
Vogue, People, US and Ms. She is the author of eight children's
books, one of which, "Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep",
became a national best-seller. The Aldas have three daughters:
Eve, Elizabeth and Beatrice, and seven grandchildren.