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Robert Alda

Lowest Rated:   20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
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Actor Robert Alda studied architecture at NYU, briefly working in this field until choosing show business. He started performing in vaudeville, and in burlesque as a tenor and straight man; by 1934, he was well established on radio. He made a spectacular film debut in Warner Bros.' 1945 biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945), essaying the role of George Gershwin over the objections of director Irving Rapper, who'd wanted to hold off production until Tyrone Power was available. Alda did as good a job as possible, given the banalities of the scripts, though his piano-playing sequences are obviously faked and tricked up. Alda's starring career faded out rather quickly; he was more successful with second leads and villainous roles, and in the early 1960s became a fixture of Italian sword-and-sandal and spy films. Returning to Broadway in 1950, Alda created the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, winning a Tony Award in the process. In 1954, he starred in the syndicated TV series Secret File USA. Robert Alda was the father of Alan Alda, with whom he appeared in a poignant MASH TV episode of the late 1970s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Rhapsody in Blue
  • George Gershwin
2001
No Score Yet Express to Terror
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off)
  • Donati
1978
No Score Yet Spiderman: The Deadly Dust
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Have One
  • Adam Becker
1978
No Score Yet Bittersweet Love
  • Ben
1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Richard Entwhistle
1976
No Score Yet Love by Appointment
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet I Will, I Will...For Now
  • Dr. Magnus
1975
No Score Yet The Serpent
  • Interrogator
1973
58% Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  • Kenneth Allandice
1969
No Score Yet Revenge of the Barbarians
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet The Devil's Hand
  • Rick Turner
1961
No Score Yet Force of Impulse
  • Warren
1960
84% Imitation of Life
  • Allen Loomis
1959
No Score Yet Beautiful But Dangerous (La Donna Piu Bella del Mondo)
  • Maestro Doria
1955
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Slave Girl
  • Neil
1950
No Score Yet Homicide
  • Andy
1949
No Score Yet April Showers
  • Billy Shay
1948
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss
  • Nick Dinardos
1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love
  • Nicky Toresca
1947
75% Cloak and Dagger
  • Pinkie
1946
89% The Beast With Five Fingers
  • Bruce Conrad
1946

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Robert Garrett
  • 1979
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Harcourt
  • 1978

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