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[acknowledging the assistance of veteran actor Howard da Silva] (He's) a wonderfully talented actor and director who is helping me immensely by coaching me in a wide variety of good parts.
Before his 2003 emergency surgery in Chile, the surgeon tried to explain the procedure he was about to perform in layman's terms. Alda confidently asserted that the operation is called an end-to-end anastomosis. The stunned surgeon asked how he knew that. Alda replied that he had done the procedure numerous times on M*A*S*H