56 Facts About Alan Alda

1. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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2. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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3. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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4. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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5. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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6. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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7. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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8. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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9. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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10. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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11. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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12. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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13. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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14. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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15. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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16. Alan Alda is right when he says "there are many ways to celebrate the holidays.

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17. Alan Alda is a staunch feminist who spent years campaigning aggressively for the Equal Rights Amendment and co-chaired the Equal Rights Amendment Countdown with First Lady Betty Ford.

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18. Alan Alda was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Aviator in 2004.

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19. Alan Alda starred in the medical comedy from 1972 to 1973 and racked up five Emmy Awards for his performance as main character Hawkeye Pierce.

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20. In 1964, Alan Alda received critical acclaim for his starring role in the play Fair Game for Lovers.

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21. Alan Alda started out performing in a summer stock theater in Pennsylvania when he was 16 years old.

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22. In 2004 Alan Alda joined the cast of the television political drama series The West Wing.

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23. Alan Alda worked in front of and behind the camera for the dramatic comedy The Four Seasons with Carol Burnett.

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24. Alan Alda wrote and starred in the political drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan with Meryl Streep.

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25. Alan Alda was born on January 28, 1936, in New York City.

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26. Alan Alda was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal in 2016 "for his extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public.

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27. Alan Alda is on the advisory board of the Future of Life Institute.

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28. Alan Alda was named an Honorary Fellow by the Society for Technical Communication in 2014 for his work with the Center for Communicating Science and the annual Flame Challenge.

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29. Alan Alda remains on the advisory board as of 2013.

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30. Alan Alda serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision.

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31. Alan Alda is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University and a founder and member of the advisory board of the university's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Future of Life Institute.

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32. In July 2018 Alan Alda began hosting a podcast, Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda.

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33. In January 2010, Alan Alda hosted The Human Spark, a three-part series originally broadcast on PBS discussing the nature of human uniqueness and recent studies on the human brain.

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34. Alan Alda wrote several of the stories and poems that appeared in Marlo Thomas' television show Free to Be.

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35. Alan Alda made his premiere in the sixth season's eighth episode, "In The Room", and was added to the opening credits with the 13th episode, "King Corn".

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36. In 1996, Alan Alda played Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, in Camping With Henry and Tom, based on the book by Mark St Germain and appeared in the comedy film, Flirting with Disaster.

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37. Around this time, rumors circulated that Alan Alda was considering running for the United States Senate in New Jersey, but he denied this.

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38. Alan Alda played Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED, which had only one other character.

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39. Alan Alda was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, and won five.

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40. In early 1972, Alan Alda auditioned for and was selected to play the role of Hawkeye Pierce in the TV adaptation of the 1970 film MASH.

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41. Alan Alda appeared as a panelist on I've Got a Secret during its 1972 syndication revival.

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42. Alan Alda was part of the cast, along with David Frost, Henry Morgan and Buck Henry, of the American television version of That Was The Week That Was, which ran as a series from January 10, 1964 to May 1965.

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43. Alan Alda began his career in the 1950s, as a member of the Compass Players, an improvisational, comedy revue directed by Paul Sills.

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44. Alan Alda experienced success as a director with 1981's The Four Seasons.

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45. Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian and author.

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46. Alan Alda might have found his performance too sensitive by half.

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47. Alan Alda has an avid interest in cosmology, and participated in BBC coverage of the opening of the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN, Geneva, in September 2008.

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48. Alan Alda returned to Broadway in November 2014, playing the role of Andrew Makepeace in the revival of Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theater alongside Candice Bergen.

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49. In early 2005, Alan Alda starred as Shelly Levene in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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50. Alan Alda had a part in the 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want, as the CEO of the advertising firm where the main characters worked.

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51. Alan Alda received his first Academy Award nomination, for his role in The Aviator, in 2005.

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52. In August 2006, Alan Alda won an Emmy for his portrayal of Vinick in the final season of The West Wing.

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53. Alan Alda had a co-starring role as Dr Robert Gallo in the 1993 TV movie And the Band Played On.

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54. Alan Alda has appeared frequently in the films of Woody Allen, and was a guest star five times on ER, playing Dr Kerry Weaver's mentor, Gabriel Lawrence.

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55. Alan Alda is the only series regular to appear in all 251 episodes.

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56. Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo on January 28, 1936 in the Bronx, New York City, and had a peripatetic childhood, as his parents traveled around the United States in support of his father's job as a performer in burlesque theatres.

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