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Robert Alda (February 26, 1914 – May 3, 1986) was an American actor. He was the father of actor Alan Alda. Alda, an Italian American, was born Alfonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo in New York City, New York, the son of Frances (née Tumillo) and Anthony D'Abruzzo, a barber. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1930. He began as a singer and dancer in vaudeville after winning a talent contest, and moved onto burlesque. He is known for portraying George Gershwin in the biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as well the greasy talent agent in the Douglas Sirk classic Imitation of Life. He was very successful on Broadway, starring in Guys and Dolls (1950), for which he won a Tony Award, and in What Makes Sammy Run? (1964). Alda moved to Italy in the early 1960s and appeared in many successful European films over the next two decades, occasionally returning to the U.S. for appearances such as in the film The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). Alda's first wife, and mother of...

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