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Alan Alda

Highest Rated:   100% And the Band Played On (1993)
Lowest Rated:   14% Canadian Bacon (1995)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Bridge of Spies
  • Thomas Watters
2015
29% 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
60% Wanderlust
  • Carvin
2012
No Score Yet Wanderlust: Bizarro Cut
  • Actor
2012
67% Tower Heist
  • Arthur Shaw
2011
78% Behind The Burly Q
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Human Spark With Alan Alda
  • Actor
2010
59% Flash of Genius
  • Gregory Lawson
2008
81% Nothing But the Truth
  • Albert Burnside
2008
35% Diminished Capacity
  • Rollie
2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ
  • Metz
2007
87% The Aviator
  • Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
  • Actor
2004
54% What Women Want
  • Dan Wanamaker
2001
No Score Yet The Killing Yard
  • Ernie Goodman
2001
No Score Yet Keepers of the Frame
  • Actor
1999
49% The Object of My Affection
  • Sid Miller
1998
37% Mad City
  • Kevin Hollander
1997
34% 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
25% Whispers in the Dark
  • Leo Green
1992
50% Betsy's Wedding
  • Director
  • Eddie Hopper
  • Screenwriter
1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Lester
1989
29% A New Life
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Steve
1988
No Score Yet Lily Tomlin
  • Actor
1986
75% Sweet Liberty
  • Michael Burgess
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen
  • Director
  • Actor
1983
75% The Four Seasons
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Jack Burroughs
1981
No Score Yet The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  • Joe Tynan
  • Screenwriter
1979
55% 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 Free to Be...You and Me
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Glass House
  • Jonathon Paige
1972
No Score Yet Playmates
  • Marshall Barnett
1972
No Score Yet To Kill a Clown
  • Maj. Ritchie
1972
60% The Mephisto Waltz
  • Myles Clarkson
1971
No Score Yet The Moonshine War
  • Son Martin
1970
85% Catch-22
  • Extra
1970
No Score Yet Jenny
  • Delano
1969
No Score Yet Paper Lion
  • George Plimpton
1968
No Score Yet Purlie Victorious
  • Charlie Cotchipee
1963
No Score Yet Lily Tomlin
  • Actor
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - V. 5
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Brains on Trial With Alan Alda
2013
  • Host
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Sen. Arnold Vinick
96% Horace and Pete
2016
  • Uncle Pete
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Gabe Lawrence Dr. Gabe Lawrence
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Dr. Atticus Sherman Atticus Sherman Dr. Sherman
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Milton
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Mr. Fitch
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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