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M*A*S*H

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970-01-25 "M*A*S*H", directed by Robert Altman, starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, is released (Palme d'Or 1970)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1970-05-16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1972-09-17 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • 1973-01-21 Leslie Nielson appears on M*A*S*H in "Ringbanger"
  • 1973-01-28 Ron Howard appears on M*A*S*H in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

1974-05-28 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win, 1st Daytime Award presentation and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" wins 5 awards, including Cicely Tyson for Dramatic Performance

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • 1980-12-01 Mel Harris appears on M*A*S*H in "Cementing Relationships"
  • 1983-02-28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H", a 2-hour special directed by series star Alan Alda titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1908-12-02 Robert F. Simon, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; Operation Petticoat; M*A*S*H), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1992)

Person of interestHarry Morgan

1915-04-10 Harry Morgan, American actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

  • 1918-02-15 Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser's Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and screenwriter (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

Person of interestRobert Altman

1925-02-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1925-11-23 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1927-11-14 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Col. Blake"; Hello Larry), born in Normal, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1928-02-04 Dave Ketchum, American character actor (Get Smart - "Agent 13"), and writer (Happy Days; The Love Boat), born in Quincy, Illinois)
  • 1928-02-25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1928-11-15 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1932-10-20 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933-04-07 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1933-05-25 Roger Bowen, American actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)t
  • 1934-07-01 Jamie Farr, American actor (Klinger-M*A*S*H, AfterMASH), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1935-07-17 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)

Person of interestAlan Alda

1936-01-28 Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], American actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*A*S*H), born in NYC, New York

Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • 1936-06-02 Sally Kellerman, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1937-11-04 Loretta Swit, American actress (Hotlips Houlihan in M*A*S*H), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1938-08-29 Elliott Gould, American actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Queens, New York
  • 1939-02-06 Mike Farrell, American actor & director & activist (M*A*S*H; Battered; Patch Adams), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1939-09-29 Larry Linville, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Major Frank Burns"), born in Ojai California (d. 2000)
  • 1942-10-31 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1943-05-24 Gary Burghoff, American actor (Radar - M*A*S*H), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1948-03-29 Bud Cort, actor and director (Electric Dreams, M*A*S*H), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1951-05-08 Deborah Harmon, American actress (Ted Knight Show; M*A*S*H; Just the 10 of Us), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1983-12-21 M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1992-11-29 Robert F. Simon, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; Operation Petticoat; M*A*S*H), dies at 83
  • 1995-11-03 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), dies at 66
  • 1996-02-15 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Col. Blake"; Hello Larry), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1996-02-16 Roger Bowen, American actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62
  • 1997-11-04 H Richard Hornberger, surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), dies at 73
  • 1999-07-04 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 2000-04-10 Larry Linville, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Major Frank Burns"), dies of pneumonia, following cancer surgery in at 60

Person of interestRobert Altman

2006-11-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman

Person of interestHarry Morgan

2011-12-07 Harry Morgan, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Col. Potter"; Dragnet), dies in his sleep at 96

  • 2013-04-19 Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser's Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), dies of congestive heart failure at 95
  • 2015-12-31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • 2016-12-31 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), dies at 84
  • 2018-03-03 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), dies of bladder cancer at 75
  • 2020-06-27 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94