M*A*S*H is one of, if not the, most beloved TV shows of all-time, and no one from the show is more loved than Alan Alda. He's starred in movies and shows for decades and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know his face, if not his name.
There are some things that Alda has kept out of the spotlight however, like the time he almost died.
The 81-year-old actor had won numerous awards before he retired from acting in 2015. In addition to countless roles, he's also directed and written everything from plays to novels. While best known for playing Hawkeye Pierce on the iconic TV show M*A*S*H, (a show he also wrote and directed for) he's memorable as other characters from movies and the small screen.
After he got away from the camera, Alda started to delve into a different career that would make his character from M*A*S*H happy. He started the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, a school where he also works as a part-time professor.
The goal of the center is to teach doctors and researchers how to properly communicate what they are doing to the public at large. Alda wants to make sure that scientists don't forget about the people they're trying to help.
His passion all stems from a terrifying incident in Chile 14 years ago - it's where Alda learned the importance of communication from doctors.
Hear Alda's terrifying story on the next page