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Robert Alda Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (effects of a stroke)
Birth NameAlphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Alda's career began in vaudeville, as a singer-dancer. Graduating to performing on radio and in burlesque, he made a splashy film debut as George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue (1945). His film career faltered somewhat after that, but he had much greater success on the Broadway stage in such productions as "Guys and Dolls" and "What Makes Sammy Run." Settling in Rome in the early 1960s, he appeared in many Italian and European films over the next 15 years. While many of them were quite successful in Europe, few made it to the United States. Alda is the father of actor Alan Alda and Antony Alda.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Flora Marino (21 December 1957 - 3 May 1986) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Josephine (Joan) Browne (31 December 1932 - 19 November 1957) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (14)

Father of Alan Alda and Antony Alda.
His professional surname derives from the first two letters of each of his first name and his surname at birth, i.e. ALphonso DAbruzzo (AL + DA = Alda).
Graduate of NYC's prestigious Stuyvesant High School.
Grandfather of Beatrice Alda and Elizabeth Alda.
Father-in-law of Arlene Alda
Won the 1951 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Guys and Dolls".
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.
Parents were Anthony, a barber, and Frances (nee Turnillo) D'Abruzzo.
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.
First wife Joan Brown was a "Miss New York" beauty contest winner. She gave birth to their son Alan Alda, but shortly after began suffering from severe mental illness (undiagnosed schizophrenia).
Second wife was Italian actress Flora Marino. Together they produced son Antony Alda, who died in 2009.
His impressionable son Alan Alda spent his early years following his dad around on the road touring with a burlesque troupe.
Son Alan Alda was ten and a half when he was stricken with polio, but fully recovered.
When his American film career waned, he turned for a time to foreign film making. Speaking Italian, he appeared in a few Italian films, as well as radio and TV.

Personal Quotes (2)

Do not let anybody tell you that fate, destiny, luck, or whatever you want to call it, does not play an important part in the success of a career. When I finally received Hollywood's notice and was arranging for screen tests, it was John Garfield who called Warner Brothers' attention to me, because he had seen me act in a stock company.
I learned my trade in the best of schools -- burlesque.

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