Alan Alda Biography, Career, Wife, Net worth, Age, Children

Who is Alan Alda? 

Alan Alda is a famous American film actor, director, and scriptwriter. As a film actor, Alan is best known for playing the character of Captain Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the blockbuster war comedy-drama T.V. series, “M*A*S*H.” And dear, Alan is a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, who also wrote and directed several episodes of M*A*S*H. 

Alan Alda has also served in the United States Army, serving his country for about two years between 1956 and 1958. In this article, I will share his biography, career, age, family, wife, kids, net worth, parents, siblings, and a few other interesting things you probably didn’t know about him. Before we continue, however, let’s take a quick look at his profile summary.

Profile summary

NameAlan Alda
Age88 years
Date of birthJanuary 28, 1936
NationalityAmerican
GenderMale
Net worth$50,000,000

Alan Alda Biography

Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo on January 28, 1936, in his home country, the United States of America, and is 88 years old. Since he was born on January 28, Alda’s astrological sign is Aquarius. He was raised by his American-based parents, Robert Alda and Joan Browne, and his half-sibling, Anthony Alda. 

And speaking of half-siblings, Alda’s parents (married in 1932) divorced in 1946 when he was barely ten years old. Then, his father married his second wife, Flora Marino, in 1955 when Alda was 19 years old. Alda’s stepmother, Flora Marino, is a famous American actress who was married to Alda’s father between 1955 and 1986. 

Alan Alda’s father, Robert Alda, was born Alfonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo on February 26, 1914, in New York, New York, United States, and died on May 3, 1986, in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America. And speaking of Robert, Robert was a famous Italian-American film actor, dancer, and singer. On the other hand, Alan Alda’s mother, Joan Browne, was a homemaker and a former beauty-pageant winner. 

Reports say Alda has nephews and nieces named Ian Alda and Alexander Alda. While this is so, the same account that confirms this says Alan contracted polio during his childhood at seven and would be treated for about six months. 

And dear, he is originally a native of New York, New York City, and the United States of America, so he holds American citizenship by birth. He belongs to a Mixed White ethnic background with his ancestry traceable to Italy and America. He stands six feet two inches tall, estimated to be 1.9 meters or 190 centimeters. Also, he has blonde hair and dark brown eyes. 

Alan Alda Education 

Alan Alda obtained his high school diploma from the prestigious Archbishop Stepinac High School. During his junior high school years, a report says Alan Alda studied in Paris and would appear in a stage production in Rome. Also, he is said to have performed on a television show in Amsterdam along with his father during those years. 

That being said, Alan had his university education at the famed Fordham University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1956 at 20. During his years at Fordham, Alan joined the ROTC and, upon graduating college, served his country for six months between 1956 and 1958. And speaking of that, he served as a graduate student in the U.S. Army Reserve for six months and was deployed to Korea, where he would spend less than a year and a half. 

When it comes to careers, Alan Alda started his career in the entertainment industry in the 1950s. Then, he was a member of an American improvisational comedy revue, the Compass Players, and would later join the then-acting company, Cleveland Play House. He appeared in T.V. shows, and series by this company between 1958 and 1959, among which included: “Job, To Dorothy a Son, and Heaven Come Wednesday. 

That said: Alan Alda made his television debut appearance with a 1958 episode of the T.V. show “The Phil Silvers Show,” And would subsequently appear in the 1959 series “Only in America.” And well, his debut film was a 1963 film titled “Gone Are the Days!” During the 1960s, Alan guest-featured in other hit films: The Trials of O’Brien, released in 1965; the Doctors and the Nurses, released in 1963, Naked City, released in 1962; and Route 66, released in 1963. 

Moreover, Alan Alda has won different awards since his career started in the movies. And having been in the entertainment industry for nearly seven decades, Alan is a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award, winner. He has also been nominated for 16 Golden Globes, and once earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Aviator.” 

More so, he is a 34-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee from which he has won six Primetime Emmy Awards. And dear, Alan Alda has achieved so much success in the movies that we would probably need more and more paragraphs to give a detailed run-down of that, so we would make this a hint.

Alan Alda and Mike Farrell
Alan Alda and Mike Farrell from M*A*S*H

Alan Alda Family

Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo, now known as Alan Alda, is married to Arlene Weiss, now known as Arlene Alda. Notably, the live duo tied their wedding knot on March 15, 1957, in a private wedding ceremony held in one of the states in the United States of America. 

Alan and Arlene have three children and have been married for about six decades. Beatrice Alda, born on August 10, 1961; Elizabeth Alda, born on August 20, 1960; and Eve Alda, born on December 12, 1958. His three daughters are doing quite well for themselves in their respective careers. 

Alan Alda Net worth 

Alan Alda has an estimated net worth of about $50 million. He is said to have been the highest-paid actor on the “M*A*S*H” series, earning a whopping $300k thousand per episode, estimated to be about $6 million per season. On an unrelated note: Alan is also ranked as one of the highest-paid actors in the U.S. film industry. 

Side note: Alan Alda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. He revealed this three years later in an interview in 2018.

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