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Actor Hector Elizondo Discusses Alzheimer's Disease
Hector Elizondo, actor and AFA’s honorary celebrity chairman, comes on the show to encourage people to get screened through the free, confidential memory screenings on National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 16. He will share his personal story about his mother who suffered from the disease of Alzheimer's.
Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo has a successful career spanning 50 years that includes film, television, theater and radio. In 1997, Elizondo won the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of ‘ Dr. Phillip Watters’ on CBS’ “ Chicago Hope.” For six years on the show, Elizondo delivered a heartfelt and poignant performance that earned him four Emmy nominations, while creating a character that will be etched in television history for a long time to come.
Elizondo was also nominated for both a Golden Globe and American Comedy Award for his portrayal of a hotel manager in the mega feature hit “ Pretty Woman.” He recently starred with Jimmy Smits in the CBS series, CANE, and joined the cast of MONK in its seventh season on USA. Elizondo is one of those rare actors who continue to move back and forth freely between starring roles on Broadway, television and feature films.
Elizondo’ s other film credits include: Love In The Time of Cholera, The Music Within, Young Doctors in Love, The Flamingo Kid, Nothing in Common, Runaway Bride, American Gigolo, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Tortilla Soup, both Princess Diaries I & II, and Garry Marshall’ s recent hit Valentine’ s Day.
A native New Yorker, Elizondo first gained recognition on the New York stage for his portrayal of ‘ God’ in “ Steambath,” which earned him an Obie Award. High praise followed for his Broadway roles in Neil Simon’ s “ Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “ The Great White Hope,” and “ Sly Fox,” for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination, and the critically- acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’ s “ The Price,” alongside Eli Wallach at the Roundabout Theatre.
Melanie Cole, M.S.