What would the 70's and 80's be without the hit series M*A*S*H? This classic TV show, which aired from 1972 to 1983, was developed by writer Larry Gelbart and based off the 1968 novel "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors" by Richard Hooker. This brilliant television masterpiece has developed a huge cult following and is shown to have some of the highest ratings in U.S. TV history!
The basic plot of the show follows the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H) Unit as they tell character driven stories about their deployment during the Korean War. Topics discussed during the show ranged all the way to the origins of characters names all the way to criticism of the Cold War in general.
"Margaret Houlihan" was the head nurse and temporary adjutant of the unit, who married and later divorced fellow unit member and Lieutenant Colonel Penobscot, a subplot that brought more dramatic tension to the show.
After M*A*S*H Swit never really landed another major role in television. She went on to guest star in dozens of other TV shows such as Bonanza, The Love Boat, and Gunsmoke. She became one of the only M*A*S*H cast members to actually visit South Korea while filming a documentary on the true events of the war.
"Radar's" real name is "Walter O'Reilly". He was was the Corporal of the unit, even being promoted to second lieutenant in one episode of the series only to beg for a demotion back to his original rank at the end of the episode.
Gary Burghoff actually left the show in the final episode of season 7, due to personal issues and mental health. He soon returned to TV and starred in countless shows such as Match Game, Tattletales and even The Adventures of Wonder Woman. Burghoff became the TV spokesman for BP and IBM Computers in the 80's. Among other things, Gary is a wild life painter and professional Jazz drummer.
"B.J. Hunnicutt" was the second captain of the Medical Army Surgical Unit. Throughout the series, B.J. was a part of a subplot in which the origins of his name are explored. It was later revealed that his nickname is a combination of both his father and his mother's names, "Bea" and "Jay".
After M*A*S*H, Farrell went on to guest star in Murder, She Wrote, Justice League, and Desperate Housewives. He has also hosted several National Geographic Presents specials and starred in dozens of other TV Movies. On December 31, 1984, Mike Farrell married actress Shelley Fabares.
"Sherman Potter" was a Colonel surgeon in the M*A*S*H unit. "Potter" was a regular army man, having served in both World Wars. Harry Morgan, the actor who played "Sherman Potter", moved on to star in several minor roles in Disney Movies such as The Barefoot Executive, Snowball Express, Charley and the Angel and many more. Afterwards, he was in short lived series like Blacke's Magic and Incident of a Small Town. Morgan died peacefully on December 7, 2011 at the age of 96.
"Father Mulcahy" was first lieutenant and later captain of the 4077th unit. "Mulcahy" was portrayed as a good poker player and boxer. He was seen delivering supplies to local Korean orphanages throughout the course of the series.
William Christopher's career didn't really take off after M*A*S*H ended in 1983. However, he did star in productions such as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Mad About You. His last known role was in Days Of Our Lives. Christopher unfortunately passed away on December 31, 2016 at the age of 84 from small-cell carcinoma.
"Captain Trapper John McIntyre" was captain of the 4077th Unit. "Trapper" was actually supposed to return for the fourth season of the show, but abruptly changed his mind due to the fact that he thought his character was of minor importance in comparison to Alda's character, "Hawkeye Pierce".
Rogers went on to play an FBI agent in the 1975 NBC TV show Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. The Ku Klux Klan as well as City of Angels, and I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later. Wayne Rogers sadly passed on December 31st, 2015 due to complications caused by pneumonia.
Colonel "Maxwell Q. Klinger" is always remembered as our favorite cross-dressing character in the hit series M*A*S*H. He was on the show until the very end, even deciding to stay in Korea with his wife "Soon Lee". In the short-lived spin-off AfterMASH, it turns out that "Klinger" does in fact return to the U.S. and eventually settles in River Bend, Missouri.
Jamie Farr appeared in several smaller roles after his big TV success in M*A*S*H such as in Cannonball Run 1&2, Murder Can Hurt You, Return of the Rebels and many more. He starred in many other TV movies from the late 90's all the way up to the early 2000's. Farr eventually wandered off into radio and currently has a travel radio show called "Travelin' Farr". He was last seen in 2016 promoting M*A*S*H and other classic series on the MeTV channel.
"Benjamin Franklin `Hawkeye´ Pierce" was the chief surgeon of the "MASH" division. He is a main character and appears in all 12 seasons of the show.
After M*A*S*H, Alan Alda started focusing on politics, specifically women's rights and was even dubbed as "the quintessential Honorary Woman: a feminist icon" by the Boston Globe for his activism on the topic. Alda never left show business entirely continuing his career by writing and directing the well-known dramedy The Four Seasons as well as Betsy's Wedding. He had his second breakthrough in Hollywood in 2000 with his most notable role in the movie What Women Want. He's still going strong even today, with his most recent role being in Louis C.K. Web series Horace and Pete which critics acclaim being one of his best roles to date. In July 2018, he revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 2015, but that he has managed to live with it. He posted an inspiring message on Twitter: "...my life is full. I act, I give talks, I do my podcast, which I love. If you get a diagnosis, keep moving!" What a man!