Actor/director/writer Alan Alda is best known for his very long turn on M*A*S*H a wacky comedy series about a Korean War surgical hospital. There was a laugh track in all the scenes except those that took place in the operating room. As a parallel to the Vietnam War, this film showed the inhumanity of conflict in a show that lasted longer than the actual Korean conflict.
Alan has been quoted as saying:
“I wouldn’t live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.”
“I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don’t agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All it does is change the shape of the head.”
He was seen in such diverse works as The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sweet Liberty and Same Time, Next Year.
His philosophy on being a leading man is “If I can’t get the girl, at least give me more money.” Because with more money, you can always win back the girl.