Alan Alda

Alan Alda speaks to the press as he arrives at a New York event in this Sept. 25, 2002 file photo. AP (file)

Veteran actor Alan Alda has appeared in numerous films and television shows, but his most popular role was playing Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on the long-running television series "M*A*S*H."

Alda was born in New York to actor Robert Alda and former beauty queen Joan Brown. After college he served in the U.S. Army reserve on a six-month tour in Korea, following the Korean War.

He appeared on different TV shows in the 1950s and '60s, including "The Phil Silvers Show," "Route 66" and "East Side/West Side." He began his 11-season run on "M*A*S*H" in 1972.

Alda has played Sen. Arnold Vinick on "The West Wing" since 2004. He is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the second year in a row.

His film credits include "Same Time, Next Year," "California Suite," "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "The Aviator"

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