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  • Alan Alda

    Born on January 28, 1936 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

The West Wing (1999)

Alan Alda as "Senator Arnold Vinick"

Cutthroat presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business of running a country. Fictional Democratic President Josiah Barlet suffers no fools, and that policy alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms and the race to succeed Bartlet as the leader of the free world.

Emmy (Primetime) (2006) Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2005) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The Aviator (2004)

Alan Alda as "Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster"

Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Academy Award (2004) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

And the Band Played On (1993)

Alan Alda as "Dr. Robert Gallo"

In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors, but several join him in his cause. As it becomes apparent that people have personal reasons to turn the other cheek, Francis persists. Meanwhile, the number of deaths continues to grow.

Emmy (Primetime) (1994) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Alan Alda as "Lester"

Judah (Martin Landau) is a philandering eye doctor who wants to preserve his marriage, and his dangerous brother Jack (Jerry Orbach) comes up with what appears to be the only viable solution. Certain that his mistress (Anjelica Huston) is about to tell his wife (Claire Bloom) about his affair, Judah agrees to Jack's murderous plan. Twinned with Judah's tale is that of Cliff Stern (Woody Allen), a documentary filmmaker whose problems, which involve love and art, are tame but funny.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1990) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

M*A*S*H (1972)

Alan Alda as "Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce"

Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077's people are Capts. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Trapper John" McIntire, Majs. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan and Frank Burns, and Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly.

Emmy (Primetime) (1983) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1983) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1982) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1982) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1981) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1981) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1980) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1980) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1979) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1979) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1978) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1977) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1977) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1976) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1976) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1975) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1975) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1974) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe (1973) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Alan Alda as "George Peters"

In 1951, at a small California inn, George (Alan Alda) and Doris (Ellen Burstyn) have an affair. Instead of writing it off as a one-night stand, the pair decide to meet at the inn every year for a romantic retreat, away from their respective spouses and families. In the decades that follow, both George and Doris face their own personal struggles and hardships, and together they develop a level of love and intimacy that exceeds the ones found in their own marriages.

Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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