Who Is Alan Alda?

Alan Alda is a well-known American author, comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor who has a net worth of $45 million. He has won a lot of major awards, including Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

He has starred in popular programs, such as 30 Rock and The West Wing. He also appeared in various movies, including The Four Seasons, Same Time Next Year, Flirting With Disaster, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Bridge of Spies, and the most recent, Marriage Story along with Scarlett Johannson and Adam Driver.

Personal Details

Celebrity Name: Alan Alda
Full Name: Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo
Gender: Male
Birth Date: January 28, 1936
Birth Place: New York, United States
Age: 84
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 81 kilos
Nationality: American
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Status: Married
Wife: Arlene Alda, married since 1957
Children: Beatrice Alda, Elizabeth Alda, Eve Alda
Profession: American author, comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor
Net Worth: $45 million

Early Life

Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo, better known as Alan Alda, was born on January 28, 1936, in New York City, New York. The original name of his father is Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo but changed it to Robert Alda. He was a performer in the burlesque theatres, causing them to move around the United States for most of Alan’s childhood years. His mother’s name is Joan Browne and was a former beauty queen and a homemaker. Alan Alda has Irish and Italian ancestry. Their adopted surname is a blend of ALphonso and DAbruzzo.

Alan acquired polio when he was only seven. To fight the illness, his parents gave him a painful treatment made by Sister Elizabeth Kenny. He went to Archbishop Stepinac High School. In college, he attended Fordham University and graduated with a degree in English in 1956.

During his junior year, Alda studied in Paris and participated in a play in Rome.  He was a member of the ROTC during college and after graduating, served at the Fort Benning for a year. He also served through a tour duty in Korea for six months.

Alan Alda Net Worth

Personal Life

While he was at Fordham University, Alda met Arlene Weiss sometime in 1956. A year after he graduated, the two got married on March 15. The couple has three daughters named Beatrice, Elizabeth, and Eve. He has eight grandchildren and two of them are aspiring to work in the movie industry.

The Alda Family has lived in Leonia, New Jersey for a long time now. According to Alan, he was brought up as a Catholic; however, growing up, he slowly started to think like an atheist or an agnostic. Even so, he does not like to refer to himself as one. He also admitted that he still sometimes talk about God, but more of out of fear rather than belief.

Alan Alda Career

Alan Alda began his acting career in the 1950s by appearing in the comedy revue, Compass Players. He made his debut on television by making a guest appearance in a 1958 episode of The Phil Silvers Show. Four years after, he appeared in Naked City.

His career breakthrough happened in 1972 by starring in  M*A*S*H*. Since then, he has appeared in numerous television series, including The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Killing Yard, The Blacklist, Jake’s Women, ER, 6 Rms Riv Vu, And The Band Played On, etc.

His film debut was in 1963 through the movie Gone Are The Days. His other films are Paper Lion, Marriage Story, Nothing But the Truth, Tower Heist, The Longest Ride, Bridge of Sies, The Aviator, Whispers in the Dark, The Four Seasons, Betsy’s Wedding, To Kill a Clown, California Suite, and many more.

Alan Alda Awards and Achievements

In his entire career, Alan Alda has received countless nominations and won many of them. Here are some of the awards the famous actor has won:

  • 1974 Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • 1974 Emmy Award for Actor of the Year
  • 1977 Emmy Award for Directing in a Comedy Series
  • 1979 Emmy Award for Writing for a Comedy Series
  • 1982 Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • 2006 Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • 1975 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor – Comedy or Musical
  • 1976 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor – Comedy or Musical
  • 1981, 1982, 1983 Golden Globe Awards for Best TV Actor – Comedy or Musical
  • 1977, 1982, 1983 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial
  • 1994 Induction Into the Television Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Alan Alda Total Net Worth

To date, Aan Alda is believed to have a net worth of more than $45 million. He earned his fortune from the many television programs he starred in. In M*A*S*H alone, he has appeared in 251 episodes. He also earns money from being an author. In his many years in the entertainment industry, Alan Alda could be considered an icon and will surely be remembered for a very long time.


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