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Robert Alda

1914-02-26 New York City, New York, USA

Image of Robert Alda


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Alda (February 26, 1914 – May 3, 1986) was an American theatrical and film actor and father of actors Alan and Antony Alda. A singer and dancer, Alda was featured in a number of Broadway productions before moving to Italy during the early 1960s. He appeared in many European films over the next two decades, occasionally returning to the U.S. for film appearances such as The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). Alda, an American of Italian descent, was born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo in New York, New York, the son of Frances (née Tumillo) and Antonio D'Abruzzo, a barber born in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Benevento, Campania, Italy. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1930. He began as a singer and dancer in vaudeville after winning a talent contest, and moved on to burlesque. Alda is known for portraying George Gershwin in the biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as well as the talent agent in the Douglas Sirk classic Imitation of Life (1959). He was very successful on Broadway, starring in Guys and Dolls (1950), for which he won a Tony Award, and in What Makes Sammy Run? (1964). He was also the host of the short-lived DuMont TV version of the game show What's Your Bid? (May–June 1953). Alda's first wife, and mother of actor Alan Alda, Joan Browne, was a homemaker and former beauty pageant winner. Alda was married to his second wife, Flora Marino, an Italian actress whom he met in Rome, until his death. Alda made two guest appearances with his son Alan on M*A*S*H, in the episodes "The Consultant" (January 1975) and "Lend a Hand" (February 1980). The latter episode also featured Antony Alda (1956–2009), his younger son by his second wife. Alda appeared in an episode of The Feather and Father Gang in 1977. Alda died on May 3, 1986, aged 72, after a long illness following a stroke.


Doses of Horror Father Michael ("A Dose of Temptation" segment) (archive footage) (uncredited) 2018-01-05
Lucy Moves to NBC Mr. Luder 1980-02-08
Express to Terror Dr. Dan Lewis 1979-02-07
Fame Concierge 1978-01-02
The Squeeze Captain Donati 1978-10-25
Perfect Gentlemen Ed Martin 1978-03-14
Spider-Man Strikes Back Mr. White 1978-12-21
Every Girl Should Have One Adam Becker 1978-01-01
Natale in casa d'appuntamento Client 1976-01-01
I Will, I Will...For Now Dr. Magnus 1976-02-18
Bittersweet Love Ben 1976-10-01
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood Richard Entwhistle 1976-07-26
Last Hours Before Morning Theo 'Lucky' English 1975-04-19
Cagliostro Pope Clement XIII 1975-02-21
The House of Exorcism Father Michael 1975-04-02
Le Serpent Polygraph interrogator 1973-04-07
The Girl Who Knew Too Much Kenneth Allandice 1969-11-07
All Woman Wally 1967-09-20
Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino Lo Bianco 1962-09-08
I moschettieri del mare Vice Governatore Gomez 1962-02-23
The Devil's Hand Rick Turner 1961-09-13
Force of Impulse Warren Reese 1961-11-01
La vendetta dei barbari Ataulf 1960-12-23
Il sepolcro dei re Inuni, Pharaoh's Architect 1960-12-07
Un militare e mezzo Roy Harrison 1960-02-11
Imitation of Life Allen Loomis 1959-10-02
Assignment Abroad Major Bill Morgan 1955-01-01
La donna più bella del mondo Maestro Doria 1955-10-21
Mister Universe Fingers Maroni 1951-01-10
Two Gals and a Guy Deke Oliver 1951-07-01
Tarzan and the Slave Girl Neil 1950-06-23
Hollywood Varieties Master of Ceremonies 1950-01-15
Homicide Andy 1949-04-02
April Showers Billy Shay 1948-03-27
The Beast with Five Fingers Bruce Conrad [Conrad Ryler in on-screen end credits] 1947-02-08
Nora Prentiss Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner 1947-02-22
Cinderella Jones Tommy Coles 1946-03-09
The Man I Love Nicky Toresca 1946-12-26
Cloak and Dagger Pinkie 1946-09-28
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1945-06-27