Over his storied career on the small screen, Alan Alda has won six of his 34 Emmys races. This year, with a scene-stealing turn on CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” Alda is on track to take home his seventh Emmy. This one, as with his most recent win for “The West Wing” in 2006, would be in Best Drama Guest Actor.
Alda appeared on two episodes of this season of “The Good Fight” — “Day 457” and “Day 471” –as the venerable attorney Solomon Waltzer, tasked with defending a detective who shot and handicapped an African-American police officer during a drug sting. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), representing the crippled officer, are convinced the case will be an easy win – that is, until Waltzer plants a fake news story implicating the officer in a dogfighting ring. When Waltzer is accused in court of waging such tactics, he becomes determined to turn the heat up even further on the prosecution. Later, however, after the parties reach a settlement, Waltzer floats the idea of his firm merging with Lockhart’s.
In his review of “Day 457,” Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly wrote, “One of the joys of watching ‘The Good Fight’ is that you can tell the writers are passionate about the topics they touch on, whether it’s the Trump effect or the #MeToo movement, to borrow two examples from this season. And their passion comes through in their stories, which are detailed and specific and remind how you fun and exciting it is to listen to smart people talk about the things they care about.”
The bulk of Alda’s Emmy Awards recognition came for “M*A*S*H,” on which he not only played Hawkeye Pierce but also served as a director and writer on the series. Alda earned 12 nominations for his portrayal of Pierce, including three wins, as well as nine nominations, including one victory, for his directing and four nominations, including one win, for his writing on the show.
Alda is also the recipient of Emmy nominations in Best Drama Actor for “6 Rms Riv Vu” (1974); Best Drama or Comedy Special Actor for “Kill Me If You Can” (1977); Best TV Movie or Limited Series Supporting Actor for “And the Band Played On” (1993) and “Clubland” (2001); Best Drama Guest Actor for “ER” (2000) and “The Blacklist” (2015); Best Drama Supporting Actor for “The West Wing” (2005 and 2006); and Best Comedy Guest Actor for “30 Rock” (2009). Alda triumphed on his second appearance for “The West Wing.”
Additionally, Alda is an Oscar nominee, in Best Supporting Actor for “The Aviator” (2004), and has a trio of Tony Award nominations, for “The Apple Tree” (1967), “Jake’s Women” (1992) and “Glengarry Glen Ross” (2005). Alda also earned a Grammy Award nomination in Best Spoken Word Album for his memoir, “Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself” (2008).
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