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Alan Alda’s Mom Tried to Injure Dad & He Was Convinced His ‘Sins’ Caused Her Odd Behavior

Olawale Ogunjimi
Oct 29, 2021
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Alan Alda from "M*A*S*H" never forgot his mother's destructive behavior several years after witnessing her trying to injure his dad. However, the actor felt that his sins stirred such toxicity in his mom.

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Alan Alda from "M*A*S*H" is an entertainment genius with diverse, impressive skills that connect with audiences of all ages and categories. This gift has been recognized throughout the years.

He stands as one of the country's most successful Hollywood celebrities, a Broadway legend who has won several awards, including Emmys for writing, directing, and acting.

Alan Alda, in a promotional portrait for the television series 'M*A*S*H', in which Alda played Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, USA, circa 1972.[left] Actor Alan Alda speaks during 'Bridge Of Spies' Q&A on Day 5 of the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2015[left] | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Alda, in a promotional portrait for the television series 'M*A*S*H', in which Alda played Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, USA, circa 1972.[left] Actor Alan Alda speaks during 'Bridge Of Spies' Q&A on Day 5 of the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2015[left] | Photo: Getty Images

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Alan is an all-rounder and a connoisseur. His unique abilities to master his crafts and render top-notch performances from acting, writing, directing, etc., sets him apart from his colleagues.

The "M*A*S*H" actor who skillfully puts smiles on the faces of his audience is often believed to have lived a perfect life; although he appears to be enjoying a great deal with his family, his background was not as pleasing as how he turned out to be.

Alan Alda at the "Sylvia" opening night held at Cort Theatre on October 27, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Alda at the "Sylvia" opening night held at Cort Theatre on October 27, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

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In the pages of one of his bestselling works, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed," Alan recounted how his childhood experience shaped him into a humorous, intelligent, and compassionate individual.

The story is also filled with his mother's health crisis, how she tried to injure his dad, and Alan believes that his sins were responsible for her toxic behaviors.

It also chronicles his acceptance of a reality that could not be changed; he lived with a mentally ill mother and a famous acting father who introduced him to the theatre.

Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, and Alan Alda, US actor, in a promotional picture for the television series "M*A*S*H" on January 1, 1975 | Photo: Getty Images

Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, and Alan Alda, US actor, in a promotional picture for the television series "M*A*S*H" on January 1, 1975 | Photo: Getty Images

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WHO WERE ALAN'S PARENTS?

According to the content of his book, Alan's mom, Joan Browne, suffered some mental health issues. She often had a weird countenance, but the young boy witnessed something that changed his perception of his mother at age six.

She had married a famous performer and an award-winning actor, Robert Alda, and they lived in a two-bedroom apartment above a nightclub. Robert often worked with scantily dressed women, and this caused an argument in their marriage.

On one occasion, his mother tried to stab his father after he arrived late from work; she had a gut feeling that her husband was sleeping with one of his workers.

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Thankfully, the situation was put under control as Alan's dad struggled with his wife, gaining access to the weapon. They had engaged in a heated argument that deteriorated, and both parties did not care if their son watched them fight.

In the end, Alan ran with the knife into a table to prevent his mom from killing his dad. Shortly after the incident, the couple settled, and things returned to normal; but it remained ingrained in their son's mind.

During one of their family mealtimes, young Alan decided to spring up the topic after seeing the knife stuck n the table. His mother denied the actions, laughed lightly to dismiss it, and reassured her son that she was too in love with Richard to do such a thing.

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After that episode, Alan learned that keeping things bottled up instead of addressing issues or being blunt was not how his family operated. Although he was a little different, his folks feared he would embarrass them because of his eagle eyes and bluntness.

Still, other incidents like Richard's unwillingness to explain to his son who he voted for after one of the elections also made Alan comfortable staying mute about some issues. One of the most important was Joan's mental health.

At the time, nobody talked about her behavior in the house. It was also taboo to mention it outside their home because people would discriminate against them rather than become sympathetic to their cause.

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The only explanation Alan could come up with was that his sins were responsible for how his mother reacted. When he approached adolescence and had learned about sin, he accepted his fate and never questioned it.

WHO IS ALAN ALDA?

Alan is a man full of inspiration. His life choices and ideals are worthy of emulation. Having witnessed his parents' relationship, he vowed a better marriage filled with mutual respect and understanding. He has been married to his wife, Arlene, for more than six decades.

The pair have had a blissful marriage so far and has never been in the tabloids over a controversial story. They have three kids and are enjoying life as grandparents to their multiple grandbabies.

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Alan Alda and the rest of the main cast of "M.A.S.H." I Photo: Getty Images.

Alan Alda and the rest of the main cast of "M.A.S.H." I Photo: Getty Images.

Despite the seemingly perfect life, Alan strives to leave his mark in the world. Surprisingly, he is concerned about establishing a legacy in the entertainment industry and every area of life using science.

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He is piqued by the different Since scientific discoveries pique his interest, Alan hosted the show "Scientific American Frontiers," where he engaged with medical experts and intelligent engineers.

The actor also created an "Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science" at Stony Brook University in Long Island and has written some content every person should be giving attention.

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In his 2017 publication titled "If I Understand You, Will I Have This Look on My Face?" the author talked about humans combating a communication problem, which, if addressed, would make the world a better place.

WINNING AGAINST ALL ODDS

Amidst the struggles he faced during his childhood days, his mother's instability, and a polio diagnosis with an excruciating treatment, Alan became a man full of wisdom.

He has proven to be a man who does not let his condition predict his future. The author has suffered anxiety and depression but scaled through.

Alan Alda attends the premiere of "Art" in New York City on March 1, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Alda attends the premiere of "Art" in New York City on March 1, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images

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He was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but that did not restrict him from forging ahead with his projects and some of life's solutions that he has proffered in his books.

In his attempt to improve human communication and relationships, he debuted a podcast titled "Clear + Vivid With Alan Alda" that features superstars relating for nearly an hour, thereby doing more than most celebrities to impact the society and world at large.

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