Happy Birthday Alan Alda: Relive the Hollywood Icon’s Best Moments

by Katie Maloney
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Acting star, Alan Alda turns 85 today. Watch some of his most iconic onscreen moments.

Alan Alda has performed for the world since his movie debut in 1968. Alda starred in Paper Lion, a sports comedy based on the nonfiction book of the same name. During the movie, Alda played George Pimpton, a sportswriter who decides to try his hand at professional football. After a game of touch football with friends, Pimpton decides he’s going to try out for a spot on the Detroit Lions. Just a few years later, Alda displayed the diversity of his acting talents when he starred in the horror film, The Mephisto Waltz. During the film, Alda plays an aspiring musician who gets caught up in an occult-murder mystery.

Shortly after his film debuts, Alda landed the infamous role of Captain Pierce on the iconic show M*A*S*H. In celebration of the Hollywood icon’s milestone birthday, we’ve compiled a list of some of Alda’s best career moments.

Alan Alda’s Most Iconic Hollywood Moments

In no particular order, her are Alda’s most memorable onscreen moments.

When he played Captain “Hawkeye” Pierce in M*A*S*H

Certainly, Alda is best known for this role in the television comedy series. Alda even cowrote and directed many of the episodes. Additionally, Alda won several Emmy Awards for his contributions to the show.

Alan Alda as Captain Pierce in M*A*S*H.

That Time He Joined Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock

Alda returned to his comedy roots for his appearance on 30 Rock. He plays a potential long-lost father of Jack Donaghy.

Alan Alda in 30 Rock

When he played Senator Ralph Owen Brewster in The Aviator

We can’t make a list of best career moments without including Alda’s Oscar nod. Alda received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his performance in The Aviator in 2004.

Alan Alda and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator

When he gets real about religion in politics on West Wing

During this scene, Bartlet invites Vinick to share some ice cream after quickly working out a deal. The two eat dessert while talking about religion in politics.

Alan Alda in West Wing
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