Birthdays are days when everyone should feel like the best person in the world, and for actors, fans make their special day even more memorable with fanmail, social media birthday messages and more. Many M*A*S*H actors, including those who have passed, are remembered and praised for their television contributions.
Since it’s the fall season, here are five M*A*S*H actors who share their birthdays with the vibrant leaves and chilly weather.
1. Larry Linville – ‘Maj. Frank Burns’
September 29, 1939
Linville played the type of surgeon you’d meet once in a lifetime. Maj. Frank Burns was a character that embraced military discipline. His personality was completely different from Hawkeye and Trapper. Linville had many other roles after he departed from the show.
The actor passed away in 2000.
2. William Christopher – ‘Father Francis Mulcahy’
October 20, 1932
William Christopher played the role of Father Mulcahy, and to say it wasn’t a life-changing opportunity would be an understatement. The role opened many doors for the actor, and he made appearances in shows like Good Times, Murder, She Wrote, and more.
He passed away on New Year’s Eve in 2016.
3. David Ogden Stiers – ‘Maj. Charles Winchester’
October 31, 1942
Stiers graduated from Julliard in New York. He got to perform at the Shakespeare Theatre in California years before getting his significant role. When Frank Burns, played by Larry Linville, departed, M*A*S*H needed the perfect actor to fill the void. So, Stiers joined the cast in May 1977 as Charles Winchester. The character was a sophisticated surgeon who was far beyond talented.
He passed away in 2018.
4. Loretta Swit – ‘Maj. Margaret Houlihan’
November 4, 1937
Maj. Margaret Houlihan was a powerful character that played a vital role on M*A*S*H. She was the head nurse and the woman who could get anyone’s attention, and Loretta Swit was perfect for the part.
Swit also made appearances in other hit shows, including Bonanza, The Love Boat, Gunsmoke, and more.
She just turned 85!
5. McLean Stevenson – ‘Lt. Col. Henry Blake’
November 14, 1927
After auditioning for the role of Hawkeye, Stevenson was persuaded to audition for the part of Lt . Col. Henry Blake. He snagged the role but wanted to depart during season three for many reasons. Stevenson would play the role until the end of the 1974-1975 season.
He passed away in 1996.
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