M*A*S*H (TV series)  

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M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the 1961 novel Catch-22.

Recurring characters

  • Nurse Kellye Yamato, a recurring character in the 4077th (appearing in 164 episodes), played by Kellye Nakahara. A warm character, she had more to say than the other nurses. She is often seen dancing with Radar, and later, Charles. The first name "Kealani" was never used in the series. On several occasions, David Ogden Stiers and Loretta Swit have referred to her as "Nurse Nakahara" and "Lieutenant Nakahara", respectively.
  • Jeff Maxwell appeared as the bumbling Pvt. Igor Straminsky in 75 episodes. In his earlier appearances, he was the camp cook's aide, complaining that despite not actually cooking the food (SSG Pernelli was the actual cook, not revealed until Season 9 as described below), he still had to listen to everyone's gripes about it. He was often the target of Hawkeye's wrath because of the terrible food, and the recipient of his "river of liver and ocean of fish" rant in "Adam's Ribs". His bumbling even gained the ire of Father Mulcahy when he creamed the fresh corn Mulcahy grew in "A War for All Seasons". In at least two episodes, he was called a sergeant by Major Burns because of his hatred of enlisted staff. In another episode, Burns asks his name and he replies "Maxwell", the actor's actual surname, Burns then replies with that name.
  • Roy Goldman appeared in 35 episodes as Corpsman Roy Goldman.
  • Odessa Cleveland appeared in 29 episodes as Lt. Ginger Bayliss, one of the nurses.
  • Johnny Haymer played Staff Sgt. Zelmo Zale, supply sergeant for the 4077th, in 20 episodes. He made his first appearance in the Season 2 episode "For Want of a Boot", and his final appearance in the Season 8 episode "Good-Bye, Radar". Zale's name is mentioned for the final time in "Yessir, That's Our Baby".
  • G. W. Bailey played the perpetually lazy Staff Sgt. Luther Rizzo, who headed the camp motor pool, in 14 episodes.
  • Enid Kent played Nurse Peggy Bigelow in 14 episodes. She was quite often the target of Hawkeye's flirtations. In "They Call the Wind Korea", she gets injured by a falling observation tower and is treated by the 4077th. In "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", when various members of the 4077th announce post-war plans, she blandly recounts her days as a nurse both in World War II and in Korea and simply says, "I've had it."
  • Dr. Sidney Freedman, Major, a psychiatrist, was played by Allan Arbus, who appeared 12 times (once as Dr. "Milton" Freedman).
  • Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel (Sam) Flagg, a paranoid and jingoistic counterintelligence officer prone to using aliases, was played by Edward Winter. He appeared six times (and the actor appeared once as a very similar Intelligence officer named Halloran).
  • Marcia Strassman played nurse Margie Cutler six times during the show's first season. Her last appearance was in the episode "Ceasefire".
  • Herb Voland appeared seven times as Henry Blake's commander, Brigadier General Crandall Clayton.
  • G. Wood appeared three times as Brigadier General Hammond, the same role he played in the movie.
  • Robert Gooden appeared three times as Private Lorenzo Boone.
  • Robert F. Simon appeared three times as Major General Mitchell.
  • Loudon Wainwright III appeared three times as Captain Calvin Spaulding, who was usually seen playing his guitar and singing.
  • Eldon Quick appeared three times as two nearly identical characters, Capt. Sloan and Capt. Pratt, officers who were dedicated to paperwork and bureaucracy.
  • Sergeant (later Pvt) Jack Scully, played by Joshua Bryant, appeared in three episodes as a love interest of Margaret Houlihan.
  • Pat Morita appeared twice as Capt. Sam Pak of the Republic of Korea Army.
  • Karen Philipp appeared twice as Lt. Maria 'Dish' Schneider during the first season.
  • Sorrell Booke appeared twice as Brigadier General Bradley Barker. Booke was an actual Korean War veteran.
  • Robert Symonds appeared twice as Col/Lt Col. Horace Baldwin.
  • Robert Alda, Alan Alda's father, appeared twice as Maj. Borelli, a visiting surgeon.
  • Catherine Bergstrom appeared twice as Peg Hunnicutt, B.J.'s wife, back in the US.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscot appeared twice (played by two different actors), once as Margaret's fiancĂ© and once as her husband. In the episode in which he appears as her husband, he takes part in a M*A*S*H Olympics and is played by Mike Henry.
  • Staff Sgt. "Sparky" Pryor, a friend of Radar and Klinger, was the telephone operator usually called by the 4077th MASH. He was seen only once, played by Dennis Fimple, in Tuttle (Season 1, Episode 15), but was sometimes faintly heard on the phone when he yelled.
  • Sal Viscuso and Todd Susman played the camp's anonymous P.A. system announcer throughout the series. This character (who is never seen on camera) broke the fourth wall only once, in the episode "Welcome to Korea" (4.1) when introducing the regular cast members. Both Viscuso and Susman appeared onscreen as other characters in at least one episode each.
  • Eileen Saki appeared in seven episodes as Rosie, the owner and head bartender at Rosie's Bar, which was frequented by the regular characters. Her first appearance on the show, however, was as the "madam" of a brothel which was occupying a much-needed hut in the episode "Bug Out". Rosie had previously been played by Shizuko Hoshi (in "Mad Dogs and Servicemen") and Frances Fong (in "Bug Out" and "Fallen Idol") before Saki assumed the role.
  • Timothy Brown appeared as Spearchucker Jones in early episodes as a captain who lived with Pierce, Burns, and McIntyre in the "swamp".
  • Val Bisoglio appeared in three episodes as Staff Sergeant Salvatore Pernelli, the actual mess cook for the 4077th. His first appearance was in Season 9's "The Life You Save", followed by two appearances in Season 10, "Twas the Day After Christmas" and "A Holy Mess".


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