Alan Alda (b. January 28, 1936) is a five-time Emmy Award-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated American actor. He is perhaps most famous for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the television series M*A*S*H. During the 1970s and 1980s he was viewed as the archetypal sympathetic male, though in recent years he has appeared in roles which counter that image.
Alda was born Alfonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in New York City. His Italian-American father, Robert Alda (1914-1986) aka Alfonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo, was an actor, and his mother Joan Brown was crowned Miss New York in a beauty pageant. Their adopted surname "Alda" is a combination of ALfonso and D'Abruzzo. Alda's half-brother, Antony Alda, was christened Antonio D'Abruzzo on 9 December 1956.
Alda contracted polio, aged 7, during an epidemic. His parents administered a painful treatment, developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny, where hot woolen blankets were applied to the limbs and the muscles were stretched...
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Resurrecting the Champ is a 2007 drama film directed by Rod Lurie and written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett, based on the L.A. Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Alda, and Josh Hartnett, among others. It was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
When up-and-coming sports writer Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) saves a homeless man from a scrape with a group of rowdy college kids, he unwittingly finds himself face to face with no ordinary bum, but Champ, the one-time boxing great Bob Satterfield (Samuel L. Jackson). What begins as a story resurrecting a once-great man turns into an incredible journey, and an opportunity for Erik to reexamine his own life, his relationship with his young son and his recently separated wife(Kathryn Morris).
The Aviator is an Academy Award-winning 2004 biographical drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese, and based largely on the book "Hughes" by Richard Hack. It tells the story of the eccentric aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, following his life from the late 1920s through the 1940s, a time when Hughes was directing and producing Hollywood movies as well as test-piloting his own groundbreaking new aircraft. The film also illustrates Hughes's descent into obsessive compulsiveness and reclusiveness.
Hughes, orphaned at age 17, was the son of a Texan inventor, who left him most of his multi-million dollar tool company upon his death. At the time, he was a college student at Rice University. From there, he moved to Los Angeles to become a movie producer, helping fledgling actors launch their careers, such as Jean Harlow, whom he cast in Hell's Angels. He also produced Scarface. Later in his career, he branched out into other industries, such as electronics and...,
What Women Want is a 2000 film, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The movie achieved enormous success with a domestic gross of $182,811,707 and a world-wide gross of $374,111,707.Mel Gibson is Nick Marshall, an ad executive who grew up with his Las Vegas showgirl mother - and so has an alpha male view of women, which works well for him when it comes to getting men to buy beer or cars or getting most women (such as a coffee attendant Marisa Tomei at a local shop) to fawn over him. However, just as he thinks he's heading for a promotion, his manager Dan (Alan Alda) informs him that he needs to hire the talents of Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt) to keep the ad company 'fresh' and get new customers. Thus, his ego is bruised and he gives the cold shoulder to Darcy in the process.Compounding his problems, his estranged 15 year-old daughter Alex is spending two weeks with him while his ex-wife Gigi goes on her honeymoon with her new husband. Alex sees Nick as...,
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) is a musical film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film features many stars, including Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Gaby Hoffmann, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, and Natalie Portman.Set in New York, Venice, and Paris, the film features a rarely used device of having songs sung by ordinary actors not known for their singing. It was among the more critically successful of Allen's later films. The influential critic Roger Ebert once said that it was his favorite of all Allen's films, calling it simply "the best".The film was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes . The DVD is avaliable from online stores such as Play.comThis film was released in North America on 8 December 1996 on 3 screens. Its opening weekend gross was $131,678 ($43,893 per screen). It ended its North American run with $9,714,482. Outside North America, the film earned an addition $16,104,765, boosting its global gross to $25...,
Canadian Bacon is a 1995 comedy/satire, and the only film written, directed and produced by Michael Moore billed as a work of fiction. It was the last film released to star John Candy.A U.S. president (played by Alan Alda), faced with falling public opinion ratings, decides to go to war to distract voters (especially one Larry Rathbun) from domestic troubles and invigorate the economy, a plan supported by his National Security Advisor Stuart Smiley (played by Kevin Pollack) and General Dick Panzer (Rip Torn [also relating to Rathbun]). The problem with this plan is that with the demise of the Soviet Union, there's no one left to go to war with. But some brainstorming by Smiley leads to an attempt to start a cold war with Canada ("everyone hates Canadians"), using media manipulation as the main tool to stoke the passions of the US public. Unfortunately, a local sheriff, Bud B. Boomer (John Candy, a Canadian in real life), in a town along the US/Canada border, takes it a bit further....,
Manhattan Murder Mystery is a 1993 film directed by and starring Woody Allen who plays Manhattanite book editor Larry Lipton. Lipton's wife, played by Diane Keaton, becomes curious about the death of a neighbor in their apartment building and drags her reluctant husband into an amateur criminal investigation. The title was originally a generic working title of the sort Allen uses while shooting most of his films and was never changed. The movie, co-written with Marshall Brickman, features performances by Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda as friends of the couple, who also become involved in the investigation (albeit to a lesser extent). Zach Braff made his feature film debut in a one-scene role as the son of Allen and Keaton's characters; Braff later said, "When I look at that scene now, all I can see is the terror in my eyes."Shot on location in New York City like most of Allen's movies, Manhattan Murder Mystery adds to the genre of murder mystery with musings on middle age and marriage...,
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Woody Allen (as Cliff), Martin Landau (as Judah), Mia Farrow (as Halley), Anjelica Huston (as Dolores), Jerry Orbach as Jack, Alan Alda (as Lester), and Joanna Gleason (as Wendy). The film was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for the following Academy Awards:
Due to the film's serious and realistic treatment of its plot and characters, it is considered by many to be Allen's most mature film.
The film is set in 1980s New York and follows two main characters: Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, and Cliff, a failed documentary filmmaker. The two men are each confronted, respectively, with different moral crises.
Judah's crisis concerns the affair he had with an airline stewardess named Dolores. After Judah unceremoniously ends their relationship, Dolores, scorned, blackmails Judah, threatening to tell his wife about their affair. Frustrated and desperate, Judah has her killed, and subsequently...
California Suite is a 1976 play by Neil Simon about five couples, all set in one hotel suite in California. It is a bittersweet comedy. The first couple hail from New York City and are engaged in a custody battle. The second are from Philadelphia; the husband has had sex with another woman and is trying to prevent his wife from seeing the girl in the bed. The third are from London; she is nominated for an Academy Award, he is gay. The fourth and fifth are two couples from Chicago, who fight constantly while they are on vacation together.California Suite made its Broadway debut at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on June 30, 1976.The film (1978) of the same name stars Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Elaine May, Maggie Smith, and Michael Caine and was directed by Herbert Ross....
Same Time, Next Year is a play by Bernard Slade which tells the story of a couple, married to others, who develop a relationship in which they meet each year at a country inn and spend a weekend together. The relationship evolves into emotional intimacy over the course of 25 years, and they become much more than clandestine lovers. Though they only meet once a year, they become important parts of one another's lives.
The show had a London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1976.
In 1978 it was made into a film starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. The movie was adapted by Bernard Slade from his play, and was directed by Robert Mulligan. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn), Best Cinematography, Best Music, Song (Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for "The Last Time I Felt Like This") and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Exteriors for the film were shot at the Heritage House Inn,...
Jenny is the name of a 1970 film, starring Marlo Thomas and Alan Alda, released by ABC Pictures. The film was rated "M" for "Mature Audiences." Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson provided Jenny 's theme song, "Waiting".Marlo Thomas plays the title role; a young small-town woman, who moves away to the city when she becomes pregnant through a one-night stand. She meets film director Delano (Alda), who has received a draft notice and doesn't want to be inducted into the Army. Jenny and Delano take a liking to each other. Learning that an acquaintance got out of having to serve by having a baby on the way, Delano offers to marry Jenny, claim paternity and support her baby, if she in turn will play along, and he can avoid being drafted.The movie follows the months until Jenny's baby is born, and the ups and downs of their in-name-only marriage (including a visit back to her family and hometown, and his ongoing relationship with another woman), as Delano and Jenny await the outcome of his...,
Alan Alda was born in New York, New York, United States