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Robert Alda

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Alda (February 26, 1914 – May 3, 1986) was an American theatrical and film actor and father of actors Alan and Antony Alda. A singer and dancer, Alda was featured in a number of Broadway productions before moving to Italy during the early 1960s. He appeared in many European films over the next two decades, occasionally returning to the U.S. for film appearances such as The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). Alda, an American of Italian descent, was born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo in New York, New York, the son of Frances (née Tumillo) and Antonio D'Abruzzo, a barber born in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Benevento, Campania, Italy. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1930. He began as a singer and dancer in vaudeville after winning a talent contest, and moved on to burlesque. Alda is known for portraying George Gershwin in the biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as well as the talent agent in the Douglas Sirk classic Imitation of Life (1959). He was very successful on Broadway, starring in Guys and Dolls (1950), for which he won a Tony Award, and in What Makes Sammy Run? (1964). He was also the host of the short-lived DuMont TV version of the game show What's Your Bid? (May–June 1953). Alda's first wife, and mother of actor Alan Alda, Joan Browne, was a homemaker and former beauty pageant winner. Alda was married to his second wife, Flora Marino, an Italian actress whom he met in Rome, until his death. Alda made two guest appearances with his son Alan on M*A*S*H, in the episodes "The Consultant" (January 1975) and "Lend a Hand" (February 1980). The latter episode also featured Antony Alda (1956–2009), his younger son by his second wife. Alda appeared in an episode of The Feather and Father Gang in 1977. Alda died on May 3, 1986, aged 72, after a long illness following a stroke.


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Born:
Feb 26, 1914 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
52
First Appeared:
In the movie Rhapsody in Blue 1945-06-27
Latest Project:
Series Matt Houston 1982-09-26
Known For
Poster of Every Girl Should Have One
Poster of Un militare e mezzo
Poster of Homicide
Filmography
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Unknown 1980-01-27
Movie Lucy Moves to NBC Mr. Luder 1980-02-08
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1978-03-10
Movie Every Girl Should Have One Adam Becker 1978-01-01
Movie Perfect Gentlemen Ed Martin 1978-03-14
Movie The Squeeze Captain Donati 1978-10-25
Movie Spider-Man Strikes Back Mr. White (archive footage) 1978-12-21
Series Sword of Justice Unknown 1978-09-10
Movie Holiday Hookers Client 1976-01-01
Series Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Movie Bittersweet Love Ben 1976-10-01
Movie I Will, I Will...For Now Dr. Magnus 1976-02-18
Movie The House of Exorcism Father Michael 1975-04-02
Movie Cagliostro Pope Clement XIII 1975-02-21
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie The Serpent Polygraph interrogator 1973-04-07
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series M*A*S*H Doctor Anthony B. Borelli 1972-09-17
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie All Woman Wally 1967-09-20
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino Lo Bianco 1962-09-08
Movie I moschettieri del mare Vice Governatore Gomez 1962-11-28
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Devil's Hand Rick Turner 1961-09-13
Movie Force of Impulse Warren Reese 1961-11-01
Movie La vendetta dei barbari Ataulf 1960-12-23
Movie Un militare e mezzo Roy Harrison 1960-02-11
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Beautiful but Dangerous Maestro Doria 1955-10-21
Series Love of Life 1951-09-24
Movie Mister Universe Fingers Maroni 1951-01-10
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Movie Tarzan and the Slave Girl Neil 1950-06-23
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Homicide Andy 1949-04-02
Movie April Showers Billy Shay 1948-03-27
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Nora Prentiss Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner 1947-02-22
Movie The Beast with Five Fingers Bruce Conrad [Conrad Ryler in on-screen end credits] 1947-02-08
Movie Cinderella Jones Tommy Coles 1946-03-09
Movie The Man I Love Nicky Toresca 1946-12-26
Movie Cloak and Dagger Pinkie 1946-09-28
Movie Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1945-06-27
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