Is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce in the war television series M*A*S*H (1972–1983).
He has also appeared on television programs such as Scientific American Frontiers, The West Wing, and 30 Rock, and in films such as Same Time, Next Year (1978) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
He also experienced success as a director with 1981’s The Four Seasons. In 2004, Alda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Aviator. He is also known for his supporting role as Uncle Pete in the peabody award winning tragicomedy web series Horace and Pete.
Alda has done extensive charity work. He helped narrate a 2005 St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital-produced one-hour special TV show Fighting for Life. His wife, Arlene, and he are also close friends of Marlo Thomas, who is very active in fund-raising for the hospital that her father, Danny Thomas founded.
The television special featured Ben Bowen as one of six patients being treated for childhood cancer at Saint Jude. Alda and Marlo Thomas had also worked together in the early 1970s on a critically acclaimed children’s album entitled Free to Be You and Me, which featured Alda, Thomas, and a number of other well-known character actors. This project remains one of the earliest public signs of his support of women’s rights.
On July 31, 2018, he appeared on CBS This Morning and announced he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years prior.
We had the pleasure of interviewing ,Alan Alda at the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), were he was honored.