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Alan Alda – Actor, Writer, Director

Full Name: Alan Alda
Age: 87 years old
Birthday: January 28, 1936
Born: New York City, NY
Height: 6‘2"
Net Worth: $40 million
Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Alan Alda is an award-winning actor, writer, and director who has charmed audiences for over 60 years with his quick wit, emotional depth, and star power. As a life-long fan, I‘m thrilled to provide an in-depth look at his acclaimed career and enduring legacy.

Rise to Stardom

Alda first captured America‘s attention playing wise-cracking army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV series MAS*H. Week after week, his perfect comedic timing coupled with vulnerabile warmth made Hawkeye completely irresistible. At the time, Alda described his groundbreaking character as "a quirky person who runs his life differently." Throughout 11 seasons, Alda wrote and directed episodes in addition to acting, showing off his impressive range of talents.

Acclaimed Performances

Though cemented as a star by MAS*H, Alda continued shining in additional memorable roles. He earned an Oscar nomination playing a well-meaning senator in the political drama The Aviator, proving equally masterful in serious parts. Other notable films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, and Bridge of Spies. On TV, he moved audiences as a Republican presidential candidate on The West Wing, earning an Emmy nod. Alda has won over 30 major acting awards, including 6 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes!

Activism and Advocacy

Alda once said, "I‘m interested in helping develop scientists who are interested in communicating." He remains a tireless advocate for women‘s rights and science education. Alda helped found the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, aiming to teach better communication techniques to the next generation of scientists. His efforts have earned Alda the National Science Board‘s prestigious Public Service Award.


Now in his mid-80s, Alda maintains his infectious passion for acting while continuing important charity work. Some stand-out Alda quotes over the years:

  • "You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition."
  • "Life comes at you so fast, it doesn‘t give you time to put it together."
  • "I guess I wanted to express creative impulses and I knew I could do that better as an actor than in any other way."

With his decades-spanning career and wide-ranging talents, Alda has solidified his place as an American TV legend and national treasure. His unique spirit and unrelenting advocacy remind us all to follow our passions. Alan Alda remains an inspiration.