He made his film debut that same year in Purlie Victorious and won leading roles in Paper Lion, Jenny and The Mephisto Waltz. Not until he was cast in the long-running sitcom "MASH," however, did Alda become a household name. During the show's run, Alda made occasional films -- Same Time, Next Year, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Four Seasons.
Post-"MASH," Alda often played against his "sensitive" TV image in such films as A New Life and Crimes and Misdemeanors. With his role as a slimy senator in 2004's hit The Aviator, Alda capped his impressive career with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod. He played a senator once again on TV's "The West Wing," for which he earned an Emmy nomination and win.