10 TV-Actors-Turned-TV-Directors-Turned-Filmmakers

Alan Alda

When the series version of Robert Altman’s hit film M*A*S*H debuted in 1972, Alan Alda was but a humble actor — albeit in the showcase role of wisecracking surgeon “Hawkeye” Pierce. But by the show’s second season, he was trying his hand at writing (he ended up penning 19 episodes) and directing. He helmed 32 episodes of the show, including the feature-length final episode, parlaying his success there into four theatrical features from 1981 to 1990 — The Four Seasons, Sweet Liberty, A New Life, and Betsy’s Wedding — which he wrote, directed, and co-starred in.