Alan Alda 2

In 2003, I almost died of an intestinal blockage when I was on a mountain in Chile, filming a segment for ‘Scientific American Frontiers.’
Alan Alda

I was always interested in figuring things out. I’d do experiments, like combining things I found around the house to see what would happen if I put them together.
Alan Alda

The President never intends to get into any kind of war situation. He gets carried away by events.
Alan Alda

Usually, comedy shows only influence other comedy shows. ‘M*A*S*H’ is one of the few comedies that influenced dramatic shows as well.
Alan Alda

You know what my earliest memories are? Going from one burlesque town to another. My father was in burlesque.
Alan Alda

Backstage life is terrific training for an actor, seeing shows from the wings.
Alan Alda

I made my first stage appearance when I was 6 months old.
Alan Alda

All I’ve ever tried to do is play real people.
Alan Alda

Anyone I know who’s almost died has come out of it, at least for a while, looking at things differently.
Alan Alda

M*A*S*H’ was a collection of people, in front of and behind the cameras, that really clicked.
Alan Alda

Awards shows mainly publicize the people giving the awards.
Alan Alda

If scientists could communicate more in their own voices – in a familiar tone, with a less specialized vocabulary – would a wide range of people understand them better? Would their work be better understood by the general public, policy-makers, funders, and, even in some cases, other scientists?
Alan Alda

I used to not want to die in any way but in my sleep when I was a young man. I’d like to die awake now, if possible, with people around me who love me.
Alan Alda

Why would you give money to somebody whose work you don’t understand?
Alan Alda

If scientists can’t communicate with the public, with policy makers, with one another, the future is going to be held back. We’re not going to have the future that we could have.
Alan Alda

You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don’t see where they get the pigeons from, you don’t really know how they’re doing it.
Alan Alda

I have a strong preference for being alive.
Alan Alda

I think it’s important for scientists to speak in their own voices and not just be mediated by journalists or others speaking for them.
Alan Alda

The hardest thing for me about making movies, and that included ‘M*A*S*H’ because it was made like a movie, was starting and stopping.
Alan Alda

The one thing I think I’ve noticed about shows that are supposed to be funny on television is that they’ve sort of become routinized, so there’s an awful lot of mannerisms and joke lines that are sort of there to trigger laughter, rather than give actors a chance to play a moment.
Alan Alda

Blind dates are treacherous. You don’t know who this person is. You wonder, ‘Should I call my grandma during coffee to get out of this?’
Alan Alda

Whenever I think of how much pleasure I have interviewing scientists, I remember that they’re having the real fun in actually being able to do the science.
Alan Alda

I hated high school. It was a prison.
Alan Alda

What’s funny is that you can think you really value your life until you almost lose it.
Alan Alda

You can’t be aware of everything. You’d fall down the stairs if you were aware of every intricate thing involved in going down stairs.
Alan Alda

No matter how big the audience is going to be. I’m interested in doing things that are fun.
Alan Alda

Share