Alan AldaAlan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, writer, director and sometime political activist. He began his career in the 1950's as a member of the Compass Players comedy revue. He is most famous for his role of Hawkeye Pierce in the television series MASH.
He has also appeared in at least two TV commercials. Both of these were in the small computer industry, first for Atari and later, with the rest of the M*A*S*H cast, for IBM's /A> product line with MicroChannel Architecture.
His father, Robert Alda, was a successful actor.
Alan Alda is the host of the TV show Scientific American Frontiers.
Because of his prominent part in the enormous success of "MASH," Alda had a platform to speak out on political topics, and has been a strong and vocal supporter of equal rights for women. As such, he has been something of a bogeyman for some political conservatives.