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Also Known As: Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo Died: May 3, 1986
Born: February 26, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, radio host, architectural draftsman

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Darkly handsome lead, later an attractively graying character actor, a veteran performer in film, theatre and TV. Alda made his film debut as George Gershwin in the tuneful biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945) and played the romantic lead in Robert Florey's stylish cult horror thriller, "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1947). His film career diminished in the 1950s, but Alda played occasional character roles such as Lana Turner's lecherous agent in "Imitation of Life" (1959). He also enjoyed notable success onstage beginning with his Tony-winning performance in the landmark musical "Guys and Dolls" (1950). In the 60s Alda lived in Italy and made a number of films there. TV also kept him busy in games shows and the adventure series "Secret File, U.S.A." during the early 50s; he later performed on the soaps "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm" and contributed a memorable guest performance as a general who cracks up on "M*A*S*H," starring his son Alan Alda.

Darkly handsome lead, later an attractively graying character actor, a veteran performer in film, theatre and TV. Alda made his film debut as George Gershwin in the tuneful biopic "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945) and played the romantic lead in Robert Florey's stylish cult horror thriller, "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1947). His film career diminished in the 1950s, but Alda played occasional character roles such as Lana Turner's lecherous agent in "Imitation of Life" (1959). He also enjoyed notable success onstage beginning with his Tony-winning performance in the landmark musical "Guys and Dolls" (1950). In the 60s Alda lived in Italy and made a number of films there. TV also kept him busy in games shows and the adventure series "Secret File, U.S.A." during the early 50s; he later performed on the soaps "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm" and contributed a memorable guest performance as a general who cracks up on "M*A*S*H," starring his son Alan Alda.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Code Red (1981) Dr Gerold Brooks
3.
 Squeeze, The (1980) Donati
4.
 Perfect Gentlemen (1978) Ed Martin
5.
 Fame (1978) Concierge
6.
 Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978) Mr White
7.
 I Will...I Will...For Now (1976) 1st Sex Clinic Doctor
8.
 Bittersweet Love (1976) Ben
9.
 Last Hours Before Morning (1975) Theo "Lucky" English
10.
 Casa dell'Exorcismo, La (1975) Father Michael
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1950:
Broadway debut, "Guys and Dolls"
1954:
Played Major Bill Morgan on the syndicated adventure series, "Secret File, U.S.A."
1943:
Signed by Warner Brothers
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Worked for a time as an architectural draftsman
1979:
Acted on the short-lived TV series, "Supertrain"
1945:
First film as actor, "Rhapsody in Blue"
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Acted on the TV soap operas "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm"
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Performed at small night clubs, with theatrical stock companies and with Minsky's burlesque
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Education

Stuyvesant High School: New York, New York -
New York University: New York, New York -

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wife:
Joan Alda.

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son:
Alan Alda. Actor, screenwriter, director.
son:
Antony Alda. Actor.

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