An American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. He is widely known for his roles as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-1983) and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing (2004-2006). He has also appeared in many feature films most notably in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) He was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo. (Jan 28, 1936 – Present)
In early 1972, Alda auditioned for and was selected to play the role of Hawkeye Pierce in the TV adaptation of the 1970 film MASH. He took part in writing 19 episodes and directed 32 episodes. Alda was the only series regular to appear in all 251 episodes. He commuted from Los Angeles to his home in New Jersey every weekend for 11 years while starring in M*A*S*H. His wife and daughters lived in New Jersey, and he did not want to move his family to Los Angeles, especially because he did not know how long the show would last.