Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 26, 1914
DiedMay 3, 1986, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseFlora Marino, Joan Browne
FactWhen his American film career waned, he turned for a time to foreign film making. Speaking Italian, he appeared in a few Italian films, as well as radio and TV.


Robert Alda was an American actor and singer. He is best known for his roles in the films The Bad and the Beautiful and Guys and Dolls.

Alda was born on February 26, 1914, in New York City, New York. His parents were immigrants from Italy. He had two brothers, Ralph and William. Alda’s father died when he was four years old. His mother remarried and had three more children.

Alda was educated at the High School of Music & Art and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his stage debut in 1931 in the play The Firebrand of Florence. Alda’s film debut came in 1936 in the film Dr. Socrates.

During his career, Alda appeared in over 50 films. Some of his most notable roles were in the films The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Guys and Dolls (1955), and The Longest Day (1962). Alda also appeared on television, including on the popular sitcom All in the Family.

Alda was married three times. His first wife was actress Flora Parker. His second wife was actress Arlene Francis. His third wife was Antoinette Pacheco. Alda had four children: Antoinette, Elizabeth, Beatrice, and Alan.

Alda died on May 3, 1986, at the age of 72.

General Info

Full NameRobert Alda
Date Of BirthFebruary 26, 1914
DiedMay 3, 1986, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationStuyvesant High School, New York University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseFlora Marino, Joan Browne
ChildrenAlan Alda, Antony Alda
ParentsFrances Tumillo, Antonio D'Abruzzo

Accomplishments

AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Grammy Hall of Fame
MoviesImitation of Life, Rhapsody in Blue, Cloak and Dagger, The Beast with Five Fingers, Beautiful but Dangerous, The Devil's Hand, Tarzan and the Slave Girl, The Man I Love, Lisa and the Devil, Nora Prentiss, Spider-Man Strikes Back, Cinderella Jones, April Showers, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Toto and ...
TV ShowsSupertrain, Love of Life, By Popular Demand, What's Your Bid?, Can Do

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I learned my trade in the best of schools -- burlesque.
2Do not let anybody tell you that fate, destiny, luck, or whatever you want to call it, does not play an important part in the success of a career. When I finally received Hollywood's notice and was arranging for screen tests, it was John Garfield who called Warner Brothers' attention to me, because he had seen me act in a stock company.

Facts

#Fact
1When his American film career waned, he turned for a time to foreign film making. Speaking Italian, he appeared in a few Italian films, as well as radio and TV.
2Son Alan Alda was ten and a half when he was stricken with polio, but fully recovered.
3His impressionable son Alan Alda spent his early years following his dad around on the road touring with a burlesque troupe.
4Second wife was Italian actress Flora Marino. Together they produced son Antony Alda, who died in 2009.
5First wife Joan Brown was a "Miss New York" beauty contest winner. She gave birth to their son Alan Alda, but shortly after began suffering from severe mental illness (undiagnosed schizophrenia).
6Because of his parents' disdain towards his interest in an entertainment career, he initially took night courses at New York University majoring in architecture while working as a draftsman for an architectural firm during the day.
7Parents were Anthony, a barber, and Frances (nee Turnillo) D'Abruzzo.
8Was said to have vaguely resembled Cary Grant during his prime. Both actors were based at Warner Bros and each starred in two of the studio's biggest, ill-received fictional musical bios -- Grant as Cole Porter in Night and Day (1946) and Alda as George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue (1945). Alda's film career faltered badly after he was dropped by Warners.
9Won the 1951 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Guys and Dolls".
10Father-in-law of Arlene Alda
11Grandfather of Beatrice Alda and Elizabeth Alda.
12Graduate of NYC's prestigious Stuyvesant High School.
13His professional surname derives from the first two letters of each of his first name and his surname at birth, i.e. ALphonso DAbruzzo (AL + DA = Alda).
14Father of Alan Alda and Antony Alda.

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amanda's1983TV SeriesMr. Gordon
Quincy M.E.1977-1983TV SeriesPolice Lt. Ken Spool / George Temple / Professor Wren
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesDr. Ivar Mardosian
Trapper John, M.D.1982TV SeriesDerrick Peters Sr.
Private Benjamin1982TV SeriesKleindienst
The Love Boat1981TV SeriesDr. Frank Leonhardt
Days of Our Lives1981TV SeriesDr. Stuart Whyland
Code Red1981TV SeriesDr. Gerold Brooks
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe1980TV SeriesRogers Dillingham
Lucy Moves to NBC1980TV MovieMr. Luder
M*A*S*H1975-1980TV SeriesDr. Anthony Borelli
The White Shadow1980TV SeriesBob Beardsley
The Dukes of Hazzard1980TV SeriesC. J. Holmes
Beyond Westworld1980TV SeriesGovernor Eric Harper
The Incredible Hulk1978-1979TV SeriesGiancarlo Corleone / Jason Laird
The Facts of Life1979TV SeriesRobert Garrett
But Mother!1979TV ShortPaul Fitzpatrick
Laverne & Shirley1979TV SeriesMonroe Harrison
Supertrain1979TV SeriesDr. Dan Lewis
Every Girl Should Have One1978Adam Becker
Grandpa Goes to Washington1978TV SeriesTalbot
Fame1978TV MovieConcierge
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesVizier
The Rockford Files1978TV SeriesCy Margulies
Wonder Woman1978TV SeriesHarcourt
Sword of Justice1978TV SeriesElliot Stroud
The Squeeze1978Captain Donati
The Rock Rainbow1978TV MovieMalone
Fantasy Island1978TV SeriesMark Dupres
The Amazing Spider-Man1978TV SeriesMr. White
Perfect Gentlemen1978TV MovieEd Martin
Police Story1975-1978TV SeriesHertz / Lieutenant Troft
The Tony Randall Show1977TV Series
The Feather and Father Gang1977TV SeriesSid
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV SeriesRobert Jordan
Phyllis1977TV SeriesBuddy Desmond
Bittersweet Love1976Ben Peterson
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Richard Entwhistle
I Will... I Will... For Now1976Dr. Magnus
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesFrank Anthony
Holiday Hookers1976
Kojak1975TV SeriesAdrian Marshall
The Invisible Man1975TV SeriesJames 'Jim' Fielder
Last Hours Before Morning1975TV MovieTheo 'Lucky' English
The House of Exorcism1975Father Michael
Cagliostro1975Pope Clement XIII
Rhoda1974TV SeriesPaul Gerard
Get Christie Love!1974TV SeriesRico Cesari
The Serpent1973Polygraph interrogator
Emergency!1973TV SeriesRaymond Boyd
Here's Lucy1970-1971TV SeriesCaptain McClary / Captain McClay / Dean Butler
Julia1970TV SeriesMike Murray
Mission: Impossible1970TV SeriesDiego Maximillian
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesSalazar
The Girl Who Knew Too Much1969Kenneth Allandice
Ironside1967-1969TV SeriesWalter Thorne / F.A. Hobarth / Johnny Utrecht
N.Y.P.D.1968TV SeriesAlex Thornby
That Girl1968TV SeriesBuddy Hobart
Judd for the Defense1967TV SeriesWalter Whittaker
All Woman1967Wally
The Lucy Show1964TV SeriesJohn Brooks III
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesBen Caulder
Musketeers of the Sea1962Vice Governatore Gomez
Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino1962Lo Bianco
Force of Impulse1961Warren Reese
The Devil's Hand1961Rick Turner
La padrona di raggio di luna1961TV Movie
Revenge of the Barbarians1960Ataulf
Cleopatra's Daughter1960Inuni - Pharaoh's Architect
Un militare e mezzo1960Roy Harrison
Tales of the Vikings1959TV SeriesOnar / Gunder
Naked City1959TV SeriesJess Burton
Imitation of Life1959Allen Loomis
The Millionaire1959TV SeriesGilbert Patterson
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959TV SeriesBen Nelson
Pursuit1958TV Series
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV SeriesAngelo Armiento
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesMorris Kogen
Matinee Theatre1957TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1953-1957TV Series
Can Do1956TV SeriesEmcee
Assignment Abroad1955Major Bill Morgan
The Robert Alda Show1955TV Series
Beautiful But Dangerous1955Maestro Doria
Secret File, U.S.A.1955TV SeriesMaj. William Morgan
Lux Video Theatre1952-1953TV SeriesPaul Oxford / Rusty Miller
What's Your Bid1953TV SeriesHost (May-July 1953)
The Gulf Playhouse1952TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow1952TV SeriesJeff
Love of Life1951TV SeriesJason Ferris (1966-1967)
Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre1951TV Series
Two Gals and a Guy1951Deke Oliver
Mister Universe1951Fingers Maroni
Tarzan and the Slave Girl1950Neil
Hollywood Varieties1950Master of Ceremonies
Homicide1949Andy
Your Show Time1949TV Series
April Showers1948Billy Shay
Nora Prentiss1947Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner
The Man I Love1947Nicky Toresca
The Beast with Five Fingers1946Conrad Ryler
Cloak and Dagger1946Pinkie
Cinderella Jones1946Tommy Coles
Rhapsody in Blue1945George Gershwin

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Varieties1950performer: "Be There My Love" / writer: "Be There My Love"
Cinderella Jones1946performer: "If You're Waitin' I'm Waitin' Too", "Cinderella Jones", "You Never Know Where You're Goin' Till You Get There"
Rhapsody in Blue1945performer: "Rhapsody in Blue", "Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra", "Cuban Overture", "Mine" - uncredited

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Secret File, U.S.A.1955TV Series 2 episodes

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 4th Annual People's Choice Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Rhyme and Reason1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1974TV SeriesHimself
Here's Lucy1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1965-1968TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Merv Griffin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The 19th Annual Tony Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Personality Puzzle1953TV SeriesHost (1953)
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951-1953TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Singer / Actor
Texaco Star Theatre1949-1952TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Singer / Himself
Premiere1951TV Special
The Ed Sullivan Show1951TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Actor
By Popular Demand1950TV SeriesHost (1950)
The Annual ACLU Tribute: A Salute to Sidney Lumet1985TV MovieHimself
Rhapsody and Song: A Tribute to George Gershwin1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucy Moves to NBC: A Remembrance2012Video documentary shortOuttakes & clips from 'Lucy Moves to NBC'
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Spider-Man Strikes Back1978TV MovieMr. White

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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