Robert Alda Overview:

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 .


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

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

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Won the 1951 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Guys and Dolls".

Because 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.

Father of Alan Alda and Antony Alda.

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