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Alan Alda

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Born: January 28, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Alda received the Ford Foundation Grant after college graduation which enabled Alda to perform with the Cleveland Playhouse (1958-59).

"Alan is a closet intellectual. He's a bright guy with a an inquiring mind." --"M*A*S*H*" co-star Wayne Rogers quoted in TV Guide, October 23, 1999.

Asked about a return to weekly series, Alda told Amy Amatanangelo of the Boston Herald (October 14, 1999): "Television has been kind and generous to me, but the idea of going in every day, it is hard to picture."

About writing, directing and starring in projects, Alda told Blake Green of Newsday (March 1, 1998): "... I wouldn't ever want to do all three of those things together again. I think I know better now. I probably shortchanged myself a couple of times. I think I began fooling myself in 'M*A*S*H*' [where he first tried his hand at wearing three caps]. The characters and the environment were already created. When you make a movie, you have to start from scratch, create a whole world."

"I'm very happy I've done something that gives people pleasure still after all these years. Not that they remember: that they still see it. But for me, as a personal experience for me, it's as though it happened to somebody else." --Alda to The New York Times, May 18, 1994.

"I was never comfortable being as famous as I was. ...

"I never was as wonderful a person as everybody said I was. It occurred to me a couple of days ago that it's too bad that I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few good people like that." --Alan Alda quoted in The New York Times, May 18, 1994.

Received honorary degrees from Fordham University (1978); Drew University (1979); Columbia University (1979); Connecticut University (1980); and Kenyon College (1982).

On October 18, 2003, Alda underwent an emergency appendectomy, a day after checking into he Regional Hospital in La Serena, 300 miles north of the capital of Santiago, complaining of severe abdominal pains

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