Alan Alda Obituary

Alan Alda, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer, and director, has died. With a career spanning over six decades, Alda was best known for his work on the television show “M*A*S*H” as well as his contributions to science communication and education.

Born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo on January 28, 1936, in the Bronx, New York, Alda began his acting career in the 1950s, working in various television shows and movies. He gained widespread fame in the 1970s for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H” a dark comedy-drama set during the Korean War. The show, which ran for 11 seasons, was a critical and commercial success, earning Alda numerous accolades for his performance.

In addition to his acting work, Alda was also an accomplished writer and director. He wrote and directed several episodes of “MAS*H,” as well as the 1981 film “The Four Seasons” and the 1990 movie “Betsy’s Wedding.” He was also a prolific author, writing several books on topics ranging from science to memoir.

Outside of his entertainment career, Alda was also known for his contributions to science communication and education. He hosted the PBS television series “Scientific American Frontiers” for 11 years, exploring the latest advancements in science and technology. He also founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, which works to improve the communication skills of scientists and healthcare professionals.

Throughout his life, Alda was a passionate advocate for numerous causes, including the environment, civil rights, and women’s health. He was awarded the National Science Board’s Public Service Award in 2016 for his contributions to science communication.

Alda is survived by his wife, Arlene, and their three children. His legacy as an actor, writer, director, and science communicator will continue to inspire future generations.