Alan Alda

Birth Name: Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 28, 1936

*Italian (father)
*Irish, some English (mother)

Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian, and author. He is the son of Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo), an actor and singer, and Joan Browne, a beauty pageant winner. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish, and some English, ancestry. Alan is married to musician, photographer, and writer Arlene Alda, with whom he has three children.

Alan’s paternal grandfather was Antonio “Anthony” D’Abruzzo (the son of Alfonso D’Abruzzo and Annina Ferrara). Antonio was Italian, and was born in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Province of Benevento, Campania.

Alan’s paternal grandmother was Frances Tumillo (the daughter of James Tummillo and Elizabeth Moggio). Frances was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Alan’s maternal grandfather was William Joseph Browne (the son of Wilson Edward Brown and Elizabeth Jane Stanyard). William was born in Pennsylvania. Wilson was born in England, the son of Wilson Brown and Margaret Elizabeth Wolf/Woolford, who was Irish.

Alan’s maternal grandmother was Sarah H./P. Duggan/Dugan (the daughter of Corneilus F. Dugan and Mary Agnes Montague). Sarah was born in Pennsylvania. Corneilus was the son of Irish parents, Cormac Dugan and Catherine Ward. Mary Agnes was the daughter of James Montague and Mary Ann Riley, who was Irish.

Sources: Genealogies of Alan Alda –

Alan’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Alan’s maternal grandmother, Sarah H./P. Duggan/Dugan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

David Fowler /


Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:'Abruzzo-3

    * Antonio “Anthony” D’Abruzzo (the son of Alfonso D’Abruzzo and Annina Ferrara)

  2. andrew says:

    Alan’s paternal grandfather was born in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy. The same birth place of Bill De Blasio’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni De Blasio.

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