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Actor, Robert Alda, was born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo on Feb 26, 1914 in New York City, NY. Alda died at the age of 72 on May 3, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA .

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Hopeful-looking, dark-haired and occasionally moustachioed, Robert Alda was a leading man who started at the top with his portrait of George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue. A good singer who became a rather stiff actor, he was offered few musical roles except on the stage. Later he made several films abroad, but never regained his star status in film. He is the father of actor Alan Alda.

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George Gershwin: It's only with my music that I can prove my right to live. I must write!


George Gershwin: I don't want to be just a concert pianist. I want to use the piano as a stepping stone!


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Father of Alan Alda and Antony Alda.

His impressionable son Alan Alda spent his early years following his dad around on the road touring with a burlesque troupe.

Was 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.

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