Starring in M*A*S*H, one of TV’s biggest-ever shows, made Alan Alda a star. Adored by the industry and fans alike, this multi-award winning actor has since been on our screens for decades. But his success doesn’t end with shows including ER and movies such as The Aviator. In fact, the star is a noted activist, with a shelf full of trophies for his off-screen work. Given that he’s now in his 80s, you’d be forgiven for wondering how he keeps going. And during a recent speech, he revealed the three words that motivate him, whatever the situation.
Receiving a doctorate from Scotland’s Dundee University in 2017, Alda gave a revealing address. Which is something that he should be used to, given that the actor has had no less than eight honorary degrees bestowed upon him by venerable institutions such as Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University. Suffice to say, then, acceptance speeches come naturally to the actor. And this one was a doozy.