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Alda, Alan (Alfonso Joseph D'Abruzzo)

Born: 1936 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Director, Political Activists, Writers


1936 - Born Alfonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in New York City on January 28, 1936.


1943 - Contracted polio at the age of seven.


1956 - Received his bachelor's degree from Fordham University.


1957 - Joined the Army Reserve of the United States and served in Korea as a gunnery officer. Married Arlene Weiss.


1972-1983 - He starred in M*A*S*H, a television series. He was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards from which he won five awards.


1989 - Portrayed Lester in the movie, Crimes and Misdemeanors.


1996 - Portrayed Richard Schlicting in the movie, Flirting with Disaster.


2004 - Became a regular cast on the NBC program The West Wing.


2005 - Published his first round of memoirs, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: and Other Things I've Learned.


Page last updated: 10:31am, 29th Nov '06

  • "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."
  • "It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich."
  • "Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory."
  • "No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness."