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Alan Alda
(Alphonso D'Abruzzo, Jr.)

January 28, 1936

Born in New York, NY this actor commuted from his home and family in New Jersey to LA when he was starring in his famous role as "Hawkeye Pierce" on one of the most successful television sitcoms of all time, M*A*S*H.  He did not know how long the job would last, he really did not have much faith in it, so he did not want to uproot his family and move them to LA.  Oddly enough, he almost turned the role down and did not agree to do the show until just hours before the filming of the show's pilot.  The son of Joan Brown, a former Miss New York pageant winner and Robert Alda, a vaudville performer.  Alan suffered from a bad case of Polio as a child, but had overcome it, and studied at Fordham University in New York.  He is the only person ever to win an Emmy for acting, writing, and directing.  He still lives in New Jersey (a mansion on the Jersey shore I hear) and is still married to the woman he met while in the Army.  Together they have 3 daughters.  In his spare time, he is a strong advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment.

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