Robert Alda

Biography: Actor Robert Alda studied architecture at NYU, briefly working in this field until choosing show business. He started performing in vaudeville, and in burlesque as a tenor and straight man; by 1934, he was well established on radio. He made a spectacular film debut in Warner Bros.' 1945 biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945), essaying the role of George Gershwin over the objections of director Irving Rapper, who'd wanted to hold off production until Tyrone Power was available. Alda did as good a job as possible, given the banalities of the scripts, though his piano-playing sequences are obviously faked and tricked up. Alda's starring career faded out rather quickly; he was more successful with second leads and villainous roles, and in the early 1960s became a fixture of Italian sword-and-sandal and spy films. Returning to Broadway in 1950, Alda created the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, winning a Tony Award in the process. In 1954, he starred in the syndicated TV seriesActor Robert Alda studied architecture at NYU, briefly working in this field until choosing show business. He started performing in vaudeville, and in burlesque as a tenor and straight man; by 1934, he was well established on radio. He made a spectacular film debut in Warner Bros.' 1945 biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945), essaying the role of George Gershwin over the objections of director Irving Rapper, who'd wanted to hold off production until Tyrone Power was available. Alda did as good a job as possible, given the banalities of the scripts, though his piano-playing sequences are obviously faked and tricked up. Alda's starring career faded out rather quickly; he was more successful with second leads and villainous roles, and in the early 1960s became a fixture of Italian sword-and-sandal and spy films. Returning to Broadway in 1950, Alda created the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, winning a Tony Award in the process. In 1954, he starred in the syndicated TV series Secret File USA. Robert Alda was the father of Alan Alda, with whom he appeared in a poignant MASH TV episode of the late 1970s. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Love Boat: Season 5 Oct 3, 1981 Dr. Frank Leonhardt tbd
tbd The Incredible Hulk: Season 3 Sep 21, 1979 Giancarlo tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 2 Sep 21, 1979 Actor 6.8
tbd M*A*S*H: Season 8 Sep 17, 1979 Dr. Borelli tbd
tbd The Facts of Life: Season 1 Aug 24, 1979 Robert Garrett tbd
tbd Wonder Woman: Season 3 Sep 22, 1978 Harcourt tbd
tbd Laverne & Shirley (1983): Season 4 Sep 5, 1978 Harrison tbd
tbd The Incredible Hulk: Season 1 Mar 10, 1978 Jason 7.8
tbd M*A*S*H: Season 3 Sep 10, 1974 Dr. Borelli tbd
tbd Emergency!: Season 2 Sep 16, 1972 Boyd tbd
tbd Mission: Impossible: Season 5 Sep 19, 1970 Diego Maximillian tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 3 Sep 18, 1969 Walter Thorne tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 2 Sep 19, 1968 F.A. Hobarth tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 1 Sep 14, 1967 Utrecht tbd
tbd The Lucy Show: Season 2 Sep 30, 1963 Actor tbd