Alan Alda – Biography of Alan Alda

Alan Alda He was born on January 28, 1936, in New York City, United States.
His father, Robert Alda, he was an actor and a singer, and his mother, Joan Brown, became Miss New YOrk.

When Alan was 7 years old, he contracted polio and to combat it, his parents administered a painful treatment, developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny, which allowed him to recover from most of the consequences of the disease.

Later, Alda attended the Archbishop Stepinac High School and graduated from the Fordham University. In his last year as a university student, he studied in Europe, where he acted in a play in the city of Rome, and came to act with his father on television in Amsterdam.

After graduation, he joined the US Army Reserve, and served six months in Korea during the war of the same name.
A year later, he married Arlene weiss, with whom he had three daughters, Eve, Elizabeth Y Beatriz, and currently has seven grandchildren.

Alan began his career in the 1950s, as a member of the comedy group Compass Players. In 1966, he starred in a musical called “The Apple Tree“, on Broadway and was nominated for the award Tony for such performance.

He made his Hollywood debut, with a supporting role in “Gone are the days“(1963), which starred Ruby dee Y Ossie Davis.

Other roles that would follow the previous one would be his interpretation of the author, actor and comedian George Plimpton, in the movie “Paper lion“(1968), as well as roles in”The Extraordinary Seamen“(1969) with Faye dunaway, Y “Satan, Mon Amour“(1971) with Jacqueline bisset.

In early 1972, he auditioned for the role of Hawkeye Pierce, in the television adaptation of the film “MASH“He was nominated for 21 awards Emmy, and won five of them for this role. Alan also participated in the writing of 13 episodes and managed to direct 32 of them.

The huge success of the series “MASH“and with him, his own ALda, gave her the necessary influence and presence to launch herself into talking about political issues, such as women’s rights.

Alda has also played the role of the prominent Nobel Prize winner, Richard Feynman, in the work “QED“and has participated in several films of Woody Allen.

Between the years ´7th and ´80, he was seen in films like “Next year at the same time“(1978),”California Suite“(1978), with Maggie smith, Jane fonda Y Michael Caine, “Sweet freedom“(1986) with Michelle pfeiffer Y Bob Hoskins, Y “Crimes and misdemeanors“(1989) with Anjelica huston Y Woody Allen.

He has guest-starred five times on the award-winning series “ER “, playing the Dr. Gabriel Lawrence. Also, I play the Dr. RObert Gallo, in the movie for tv “On the edge of doubt “ (1993), with Matthew modine.

In 1995, he starred as the President of the United States, in the satire of Michael moore, “Operation Canada”, together with John candy.
In 1996, he had the role of Henry ford in the film “Camping with Henry and Tom“.

Other participations during the 90’s were in “Flirting with disaster“(1996) with Ben stiller Y Patricia arquette, “Mad city“(1997) with John Travolta Y Dustin Hoffman, and for the new millennium, “What do women think about“(2000), starring Helen hunt Y Mel Gibson.

In 2004, he was a regular cast member of the series “The West WIng“, playing the Republican senator and presidential aide Arnold vinick, until the end of the series, during 2006. That same year, he won an award Emmy for this role.

In 2004 he also played a political role in the film of Martin ScorseseThe Aviator“, co-starring Leonardo Dicaprio Y Cate blanchett.

During 2005, it was a main part of the work of Broadway, award winner Tony, “Glengarry Glen Ross“, directed by David mamet.

His latest works include “Diminished Capacity“(2008) with Matthew broderick, “Flash of genius“(2008) and”Nothing but the Truth“(2009), with Matt dillon Y Kate beckinsale.

In 2005, he published his first memoirs, “Never Have your Dog Stuffed: and other Things I’ve Learned “. His second book was titled, “Things I overheard WHile Talking to Myself“.

Alan has been dedicated to charitable work intensively, participating in activities such as fundraising for cancer research in children, among others.