Starring in the the hit show M*A*S*H helped solidify Alan Alda as one of America's favorite television stars. The show started in 1972 and lasted for 11 seasons, and still remains one of the highest rated television shows in history. Millions of peopled loved to watch it, and Alan Alda was probably the best part.
Alda played Haweye Pierce, the Chief surgeon and Captain of the group. He has had an interesting career and life, and there are probably a lot of facts that you didn't know about him!
He commuted cross-country every week
Alan Alda was obviously super successful in his career, especially while on M*A*S*H. Even though the show went on for 11 years, and he starred in 251 episodes, he never made the official move to Los Angeles. He actually lived in New Jersey with his wife and daughters and would commute to LA each week to film. Apparently he "didn't know how long the show would last".
He was a last minute addition to the cast
Even though he is probably one of the most defining characters of the show, he didn't officially sign on until about six hours before the pilot episode started filming.
He had interesting demands in his contract
Even though the show was primarily a comedy, he wanted to make sure that the war aspect was properly explored. Part of his contract included that each episode have at least one scene inside of an operating room to show how horrific war was.