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Alan Alda stars in "The Big C" on Showtime in the recurring role of Dr. Atticus Sherman.

On the big screen, Alda stars in "Tower Heist," directed by Brett Ratner, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch and Téa Leoni,

Alan Alda has the distinction of being nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy — as well as publishing a best-selling book — all in the same year (2005). His Emmy nomination was for his role on "The West
Alan Alda in "Tower Heist"
Alan Alda Tower Heist
Wing." His Tony nomination that year was for his role in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." On film that year, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," for which he received an Academy Award nomination and and a BAFTA Award nomination.

In 2006, Alda received his 32nd Emmy Award nomination and won his sixth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance on "The West Wing." He has earned international recognition as an actor, writer and director. In addition to "The Aviator," Alda's films include "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Flirting With Disaster," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," and "The Band Played On," "Same Time, Next Year" and "California Suite," as well as "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," which he wrote, and "The Four Seasons," "Sweet Liberty," "A New Life" and "Betsy's Wedding," all of which he wrote and directed.

Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series "M*A*S*H," and wrote and directed many of the episodes. His 33 Emmy nominations include performances in 2009 for "30 Rock," in 2006 for "The West Wing" (winning his 6th Emmy), and in 1999 for "ER." In 1994 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He hosted the award winning series "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS for eleven years, interviewing leading scientists from around the world. In January 2010, he hosted the PBS series "The Human Spark," in which he interviewed dozens of scientists, searching for answers to the question: What is it that makes us human?

Other television performances include Truman Capote's "The Glass House" and "Kill Me If You Can," for which he received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Caryl Chessman, an inmate who spent 12 years on death row.

On Broadway, Adla has appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play "QED." He starred in the first American production of the international hit play "Art." In addition to his nomination for "Glengarry Glen Ross," he was also nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women" and the musical "The Apple Tree." Other appearances on Broadway include "The Owl and The Pussycat," "Purlie Victorious," and "Fair Game for Lovers," for which he received a Theatre World Award.

He was presented with the National Science Board's Public Service Award in 2006 for his efforts in helping to broaden the public's understanding of science. Since 2008, he has worked with physicist Brian Greene in presenting the annual World Science Festival in New York City, this year attended by 183,000 people.

His first memoir "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I've Learned" became a New York Times bestseller, as did his second: "Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself."

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Age: 80 years old
Birthday: January 28, 1936
Height: 6' 2"
Full Name / Real Name: Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo
Birthplace: New York, NY
Wife: Arlene Alda (3/15/1957, 3 children)

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