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Creator / Alan Alda

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"It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that."

Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author.

A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he's enjoyed a highly accomplished career with a litany of roles under his belt. However, his best-known role is likely the iconic part of Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running TV series M*A*S*H. In contrast to the fun-loving and rebellious Hawkeye, Alda has mostly played staunch authority figures and/or villains in his later career.

He's also known for his simultaneously thick and nasally voice and his outspoken political views. Most definitely a Cool Old Guy.


Film roles


Television roles

  • M*A*S*H (1972-83) as Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
  • ER (1999) as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence
  • The West Wing (2004-06) as Senator Arnold Vinick (R-California)
  • 30 Rock (2009-11) as Milton Greene
  • The Big C (2011-13) as Dr. Atticus Sherman
  • The Blacklist (2013-14) as Alan Fitch

Other Roles

Tropes Associated With Alan Alda

  • Playing Against Type: His bad-guy roles were initially playing against type, but over time they've become his type.


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