Alan Alda, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the M*A*S*H television series, is an accomplished and multi-talented American artist who has worked in a variety of mediums. Along with his acting abilities and friendly and personable demeanour, he has received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and awards for his performance.
Following his graduation from Fordham University, he was recruited by the United States Army Reserve, where he served as an infantry gunner in Korea for six months following the Korean War. Capt. Hawkeye Pierce, who served as a doctor in the Korean War, required the actor who played him to have firsthand knowledge of what it was like to serve on the front lines of battle.