Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Highest Rated: 100% The Bronx, USA (2019)

Lowest Rated: 14% Canadian Bacon (1995)

Birthday: Jan 28, 1936

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

The son of actor Robert Alda, Alan Alda grew up around vaudeville and burlesque comedians, soaking up as many jokes and routines as was humanly possible. Robert Alda hoped that his son would become a doctor, but the boy's urge to perform won out. After graduating from Fordham University, Alda first acted at the Cleveland Playhouse, and then put his computer-like retention of comedy bits to good use as an improvisational performer with Chicago's Second City and an ensemble player on the satirical TV weekly That Was the Week That Was. Alda's first film was Gone Are the Days in 1963, adapted from the Ossie Davis play in which Alda had appeared on Broadway. (Among the actor's many subsequent stage credits were the original productions of The Apple Tree and The Owl and the Pussycat.) Most of Alda's films were critical successes but financial disappointments. He portrayed George Plimpton in the 1968 adaptation of the writer's bestseller Paper Lion and was a crazed Vietnam vet in the 1972 movie To Kill a Clown. Alda's signature role was the wisecracking Army surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 through 1983. Intensely pacifistic, the series adhered to Alda's own attitudes towards warfare. (He'd once been an ROTC member in college, but became physically ill at the notion of learning how to kill.) During his M*A*S*H years, Alda also began auxiliary careers as a director and scriptwriter, winning numerous Emmy awards in the process. He also developed a separate sitcom, 1974's We'll Get By. In 1978, Alda took advantage of an unusually lengthy production break in M*A*S*H to star in three films: California Suite, Same Time, Next Year, and The Seduction of Joe Tynan. He made his theatrical-movie directorial debut in 1981 with The Four Seasons, a semiserious exploration of modern romantic gamesmanship; it would prove to be his most successful film as a director, with subsequent efforts like Sweet Liberty (1986) and Betsy's Wedding (1989) no where close. Long associated with major political and social causes and well-known both offscreen and on as a man of heightened sensitivity, Alda has occasionally delighted in going against the grain of his carefully cultivated image with nasty, spiteful characterizations, most notably in Woody Allen'sCrimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and as death row inmate Caryl Chessman in the 1977 TV movie Kill Me if You Can. Alda later continued to make his mark on audiences with his more accustomed nice-guy portrayals in films such as Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Flirting With Disaster (1996), and The Object of My Affection (1998).The next several years saw Alda show up in a handful of supporting roles, but in 2004, he had his biggest year in more than a decade. First, he appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorcese's critically-acclaimed Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. Playing Senator Ralph Owen Brewster, Alda would go on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar-nomination, the first nod from the Academy in his long and impressive career. Meanwhile, on the small-screen, Alda played presidential-hopeful Arnold Vinick on NBC's political drama The West Wing, another Senator and his first regular series role since M*A*S*H. He would also enjoy recurring roles on 30 Rock and The Big C, and would continue to flex his comedy muscles in movies like Tower Heist and Wanderlust.


Highest Rated Movies



94% Marriage Story Bert Spitz 2019
100% The Bronx, USA Actor 2019
90% Itzhak Actor 2018
90% Bridge of Spies Thomas Watters 2015
31% The Longest Ride Ira Levinson 2015
No Score Yet Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Actor 2015
No Score Yet Theodore Bikel: In The Shoes Of Sholom Aleichem Actor 2014
59% Wanderlust Carvin $17.3M 2012
No Score Yet Wanderlust: Bizarro Cut Actor 2012
67% Tower Heist Arthur Shaw $78.1M 2011
78% Behind The Burly Q Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Human Spark With Alan Alda Actor 2010
60% Flash of Genius Gregory Lawson $4.3M 2008
82% Nothing But the Truth Albert Burnside 2008
35% Diminished Capacity Rollie 2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ Metz $3M 2007
86% The Aviator Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster $102.6M 2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans Actor 2004
54% What Women Want Dan Wanamaker $181.5M 2001
No Score Yet The Killing Yard Ernie Goodman 2001
No Score Yet Keepers of the Frame Actor 1999
53% The Object of My Affection Sid Miller 1998
36% Mad City Kevin Hollander 1997
33% Murder at 1600 Alvin Jordan 1997
79% Everyone Says I Love You Bob 1996
87% Flirting With Disaster Richard Schlicting 1996
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Jake's Women' Jake 1996
14% Canadian Bacon President of the U.S. 1995
No Score Yet White Mile Dan Cutler 1994
100% And the Band Played On Dr. Robert Gallo 1993
93% Manhattan Murder Mystery Ted 1993
33% Whispers in the Dark Leo Green 1992
50% Betsy's Wedding Eddie Hopper Director Screenwriter 1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors Lester 1989
29% A New Life Director Screenwriter Steve 1988
No Score Yet Lily Tomlin Actor 1986
77% Sweet Liberty Michael Burgess Director Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Director Actor 1983
77% The Four Seasons Jack Burroughs Director Screenwriter 1981
86% The Seduction of Joe Tynan Screenwriter Joe Tynan 1979
54% California Suite Bill Warren - Visitors from New York 1978
40% Same Time, Next Year George 1978
No Score Yet Kill Me If You Can Caryl W. Chessman 1977
No Score Yet Free to Be You and Me Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Glass House Jonathon Paige 1972
No Score Yet To Kill a Clown Maj. Ritchie 1972
No Score Yet Playmates Marshall Barnett 1972
67% The Mephisto Waltz Myles Clarkson 1971
No Score Yet The Moonshine War Son Martin 1970
No Score Yet Jenny Delano 1969
No Score Yet Paper Lion George Plimpton 1968
No Score Yet Purlie Victorious Charlie Cotchipee 1963


97% The Good Fight
Solomon Waltzer 2019
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
Guest 2017
96% Horace and Pete
Uncle Pete 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Guest 2015
91% The Blacklist
Mr. Fitch 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Brains on Trial With Alan Alda
Host 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2013
55% The Big C
Dr. Atticus Sherman Atticus Sherman Dr. Sherman 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
Host 2010
78% 30 Rock
Milton 2010
75% The West Wing
Sen. Arnold Vinick 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2005
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2004
No Score Yet ER
Gabe Lawrence Dr. Gabe Lawrence 1999
45% The Academy Awards
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Screenwriter Director Capt. Benjamin Franklin `Hawkeye' Pierce 1983


Ira Levinson says: And in that moment, we both know that chance of life together was greater than the risk of being apart.

Howard Hughes says: You want to go to war with me?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster says: It's not me, Howard. It's the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?

Albert Burnside says: Some time ago, I began to feel the personal human digression on Rachel Armstrong. And I told her that I was there to represent her and not her principle. And it was not until I met her that I realized that with great people there's no difference between principle and the person.

President of the United States says: Release Honey pronto, or we'll level Toronto!

Marcia Fox says: You're taking me to dinner, right?

Marcia Fox says: You're taking me to dinner, right?

Ted says: Yeah, right. Absolutely. Only we can't sleep together.

Ted says: Right, absolutely! Only we can't sleep together, not tonight.

Marcia Fox says: Why not?

Marcia Fox says: Why not?

Ted says: Not... not tonight.

Ted says: Well, because I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.

Marcia Fox says: You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?

Ted says: Well, I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.

Ted says: Mmm-hmm.

Marcia Fox says: You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?

Albert Burnside says: Sometimes a mistake is like wearing white after Labour Day, and sometimes a mistake is invading Russia in winter!

Albert Burnside says: A man can live a good life, be honorable, give to charity, but in the end, the number of people who come to his funeral is generally dependent on the weather.