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Alan Alda - M*A*S*H - I don't like to idolize actors and actresses, but Alan Alda's laughter was so charming and contagious

Alan Alda - M*A*S*H - I don't like to idolize actors and actresses, but Alan Alda's laughter was so charming and contagious

Alan Alda. M*A*S*H depicted a medical team operating a field hospital during the Korean War. Great show.

Alan Alda. M*A*S*H depicted a medical team operating a field hospital during the Korean War. Great show.

Alan Alda as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce in the pilot episode of M*A*S*H (MASH). Image dated April 13, 1972.

Alan Alda as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce in the pilot episode of M*A*S*H (MASH). Image dated April 13, 1972.

Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in NYC & had a peripatetic childhood as his parents traveled around the US in support of his father's job as a performer in burlesque theaters. His father, Robert Alda, was an actor & singer, & his mother, Joan Browne, a former showgirl. Alda attended Archbishop Stepinac HS in White Plains, NY. In 1956, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham College in the Bronx.

Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in NYC & had a peripatetic childhood as his parents traveled around the US in support of his father's job as a performer in burlesque theaters. His father, Robert Alda, was an actor & singer, & his mother, Joan Browne, a former showgirl. Alda attended Archbishop Stepinac HS in White Plains, NY. In 1956, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham College in the Bronx.

M.A.S.H. (TV) - OK, not feminist per se, but socially aware to an extent and some very inspiring moments, many of them thanks to Alda eventually taking artistic control. Not the movie, mind you..

M.A.S.H. (TV) - OK, not feminist per se, but socially aware to an extent and some very inspiring moments, many of them thanks to Alda eventually taking artistic control. Not the movie, mind you..

The real Hawkeye is BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PIERCE (HAWKEYE)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The real Hawkeye is BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PIERCE (HAWKEYE)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and William Christoper by insidecelebpics, via Flickr

Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and William Christoper by insidecelebpics, via Flickr