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Overview (4)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameNorman Adelberg
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born Norman Adelberg in 1924, he served in the Army during World War II. At the end of the conflict he had the opportunity to benefit from the GI Bill program meant to help returning soldiers to start or resume studying. That is how, while attending Texas Christian University, he discovered on the boards of on-campus theater that he had a talent for acting. This was the beginning of a long, long career. Though most of the time in small or even bit parts, Alden, worked for such big names as Howard Hawks, Jerry Lewis, Walt Disney, Woody Allen and Tim Burton. He might have become a major star himself after Richard C. Sarafian chose him for the title role of Andy (1965). The director must have been very pleased with Alden for, as Andy Chadakis - the retarded son of elderly Greek immigrants - he showed remarkable acting ability . Unfortunately, the film was little seen and the gifted actor landed no other parts of such importance and quality afterward.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Spouse (1)

Sharon Hayden (23 April 1966 - 1978) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (9)

Played Lou the mechanic in a series of AC Delco commercials. He was so convincing that people would actually come up to him and tell him their car problems.
Survived by son Brent Alden and daughter, Ashley from a previous marriage; two stepsons, Randy Thieben and Kevin Thieben; a stepdaughter, Sherri Thieben; with his partner of more than 30 years, Linda Thieben of Los Angeles,. He is also survived by a step granddaughter.
He also performed in commercials, most notably as Lou the mechanic in AC Delco advertisements.
Retired in 2006 at the age of 82.
His star turn came in Andy (1965), about a 40-year-old mentally disabled son of Greek immigrants in New York, who sets out for a last night of seedy adventures before his parents commit him to an asylum.
His partner of more than 30 years was Linda Thieben, and her two sons and daughter were referred to as Alden's stepchildren.
He was cremated and his ashes are with his family.
Studied at Texas Christian University in Texas. Served in the US army during World War II where he was stationed in Europe.
When Peter Criss of KISS failed to show for looping ion Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) Alden did the looping instead, uncredited.

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