Winner of eight Golden Globes, the comedy show M*A*S*H ran for an incredible 11 seasons. Set in a mobile Korean war hospital with little in the way of facilities, the crew make a tough situation more bearable with a continual stream of practical jokes, humour and laughs.
From 1972 to 1983 the large cast kept us entertained with their antics for eight years longer than the actual Korean War.
Read on to find out what the surviving members of the cast are doing now.
Alan Alda – Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce
Alda played Hawkeye for all 11 seasons of the program. Not only did he play the fun loving surgeon, he also wrote and directed many of the episodes, including the finale which was the most-watched of any TV series.
Since M*A*S*H, Alda has starred in many films including “The Aviator,” “Tower Heist” and “Bridge of Spies.” He has also popped up in some popular TV programs including “ER,” “The West Wing,” and “30 Rock.”
Wayne Rogers – Capt. “Trapper” John McIntyre
Rogers starred in the program’s first three seasons as the surgeon who was also both a womaniser and joker. He was written out of the program when he quit – saying that he felt that his character had become Hawkeye’s sidekick instead of an equal.
Post M*A*S*H, Rogers starred in the TV shows “City of Angels” and “House Calls,” as well as having a guest role on “Murder, She Wrote.” He had a couple of movies under his belt also, including “The Killing Time” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” He soon left acting behind, and much of his later life was spent as an investment strategist. Rogers died in 2015 at the age of 82 from complications from pneumonia.
The character of B.J. was introduced after Rogers left the show, coming in as Hawkeye's new pal and prankster.
Loretta Swit – Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan
Another cast member to stay through all eleven seasons, Swit played the head nurse and even won two Emmys for her role.
Swit secured some guest spots on TV programs “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Diagnosis Murder.” She hosted the Discovery Channel's “Those Incredible Animals.” Swit is also still performing in theatre productions on Broadway.
Larry Linville – Maj. Frank Burns
Linville played the less than perfect surgeon for the first five seasons of the show, being written out in order to pursue other interests.
He enjoyed guest spots on the TV shows “The Love Boat,” “The Jeffersons,” “Fantasy Island,” “Night Court,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Herbie, the Love Bug.” He passed away aged 59 in 2000 after complications from a cancer operation.
David Ogden Stiers – Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Added after Linville bowed out, Stiers played the arrogant yet skilled surgeon alongside Hawkeye and B.J, earning two Emmy nominations.
McLean Stevenson – Lt. Col Henry Blake
As commanding officer for the first three seasons, Stevenson ended up exiting the show to pursue other interests.
After leaving the show, Stevenson starred in some short lived sitcoms, as well as popping up on “The Love Boat,” “Diff'rent Strokes” and “The Golden Girls.” He passed away aged 68 from a heart attack in 1996.
Harry Morgan – Col. Sherman T. Potter
Stevenson’s role as the commanding officer was replaced by Harry Morgan as Col. Sherman T. Potter. He stuck with the show until the finale, becoming a firm favourite for the show’s fans.
As an established actor before M*A*S*H Morgan starred in the show’s spin off “After MASH” and then landed some guest roles on “Murder, She Wrote,” “Grace Under Fire” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.” Morgan died aged 96 in 2011 of pneumonia.
Gary Burghoff – Cpl. Walter “Radar” O'Reilly
The only character to appear in both the movie and TV versions of M*A*S*H, Burghoff played the naïve farm boy until the eighth season in 1979.
He later starred in some smaller roles but dedicated much of his life to his career as a wildlife artist.
Jamie Farr – Cpl./Sgt. Max Klinger
Despite being only booked for one episode, Klinger became a regular as the character who wore a dress to try and show the Army that he was crazy and should be discharged.
Farr had guest roles on the TV shows “Diagnosis Murder” and “Mad About You” and starred more recently in the film “This World.”
William Christopher – Capt. Francis Mulcahy
Christopher played the 4077th's chaplain for the entire series, replacing the actor George Morgan who played the part in the pilot episode.
Another actor to appear on TV programs, he starred in “Murder, She Wrote,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Mad About You.” He also starred in a touring production of “The Odd Couple” with Jamie Farr. More recently he played the role of Father Tobias on “Days of Our Lives.” He also works to promote autism awareness and has co-written a book with his wife about raising their autistic son.
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