A favorite childhood show of mine starred today’s worthy recipient of inspiration. Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo is better known by his professional name of Alan Alda. M*A*S*H* started before I was born actually, however it ran for over ten years and reruns played enough so that the show and Hawkeye Pierce became favorites of mine as a child.
Alan Alda, as he became known, was born in New York City, New York in 1936. He lived in numerous places during his childhood. His father was an actor and Alan Alda was first on stage as a baby. I found out that Alan Alda suffered a bout of polio as a child. My grandfather suffered and lived through this horrible disease and its treatment as well. Alan Alda started performing in theater when he was sixteen. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1956. He met his wife Arleen Weiss while at Fordham University. They married in 1957 and had three daughters.
Acting in M*A*S*H* was a big part of his career, but so was writing and directing episodes of this iconic series. He has also appeared on Broadway, in films, and had roles on others series. He has been the host on more than one PBS series as well. Besides writing for small and big screen projects he has published two bibliographies.
Alan Alda is known as an actor, author, activist, director, and screenwriter. In the late 1970s he became known as a supporter of women’s rights and the feminist movement. He has supported and raised funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He is, also, a strong supporter of education and “all things” science related.
Whether you were a fan of Hawkeye, BJ, Hot Lips, or someone else you have to admit M*A*S*H* made a mark. Alan Alda is an inspiration. Enjoy something he has been a part of or something you believe in today! Have a bright day!