Few TV deaths have ever hit as hard as that of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake, the affable but hapless commanding officer played by McLean Stevenson. Sadly, Stevenson wasn’t able to transition to leading roles in movies, still being best known for M*A*S*H when he died of a heart attack in 1996.
Fans will be happy to know that Harry Morgan was just as loved and respected by his castmates as Colonel Potter was by his subordinates. When Morgan died peacefully at age 96, stars Alan Alda and Mike Farrell remembered him with tremendous affection.
Frank Burns was one of TV’s great love-to-hate characters, and by all accounts, Linville was nothing like the sniveling character he played. Linville had some success on Broadway following his five seasons on the show, passing away in 2000 of complications from cancer and surgery.
For the first three seasons of "M*A*S*H," Wayne Rogers' Trapper John served as one of the 4077's top doctors and Hawkeye's partner in crime. Trapper never quite got the development Rogers wanted, so he left to pursue other roles and — eventually — financial investments, before passing away in 2015 of pneumonia complications.
Like Frank Burns, Charles Winchester was a narrative foil for Hawkeye, but in a nuanced way that kept things fresh, as Charles was a gifted surgeon. Ogden Stiers also worked as a Disney voice actor and orchestra conductor, before his death from bladder cancer in 2018.
Mild-mannered, compassionate, and not above getting riled every now and then, Father Francis Mulcahy was often the heart of the 4077. Christopher was so authentic in the role that he was often cast as clergy, and multiple "M*A*S*H" actors praised his kindness when he passed away from cancer in 2012.
Allan Arbus played Dr. Sidney Freedman, the 4077’s favorite therapist, and Arbus was so convincing that Alan Alda admitted he often forgot the actor didn't have Sidney's training. Arbus led a fascinating and long life, dying in 2013 at age 95 of congestive heart failure.
Most of the nurses on "M*A*S*H" never had significant interaction with the main cast, but Nurse Kellye was an exception, all because actress Kellye Nakahara was just so likable. Nakahara notably played the cook in “Clue” and went on to a successful art career, before passing from cancer in 2020.
Roy Goldman's character — also named Roy Goldman — was an important part of the background of "M*A*S*H." He stopped acting soon after "M*A*S*H" ended, and co-star and friend Jeff Maxwell shared the news of his passing in 2009, calling him “one of the funniest, nicest people on the planet.”
"M*A*S*H" tended to recycle the names of its nurses, but as the show went on, Patricia Stevens cemented herself as Baker. Stevens had other parts, like voicing Velma in several iterations of "Scooby Doo," but she eventually transitioned to teaching, before passing away in 2010.
Bullish, antagonistic, and hypocritical, Sergeant Zelmo Zale made for a great low-stakes adversary, and he was particularly difficult for Klinger. Haymer is probably best-known for "M*A*S*H," but he had a long career of live-action and voice roles, before his death in 1989.
Colonel Flagg was one of the best recurring stars "M*A*S*H" ever had, as Edward Winter’s committed, deadpan approach to the character’s antics made him unforgettable. Nickelodeon fans may know Winter from “The Angry Beavers" and "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters," and he passed away in 2001 from Parkinson’s complications.
Nurse Margie Cutler was so cute that even Margaret deemed her a distraction. Actress Marcia Strassman stuck around for a few episodes, but she is probably best known for playing the mom in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and for being a breast cancer advocate, eventually succumbing to the disease in 2014.
Brigadier General Clayton only made seven appearances on the show, but actor Herb Voland was so memorable as the high-ranking officer that it felt like more. Voland, who was also known for his work in “Airplane!,” passed away in 1981 at age 62.
Mike Henry only appeared in one episode, but his role as Margaret’s husband, Donald Penobscott, helped put a face to a character we heard a lot about. Henry, a former NFL player, suffered from Parkinson’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, dying at age 84 in 2021.
Captain Oliver Jones, a neurosurgeon rather inappropriately nicknamed "Spearchucker,” is a complex part of the show’s history, being written out after a handful of early episodes. Brown had a productive career, including a role in Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” and he died in 2020 at age 82.
John Orchard played two characters on "M*A*S*H": anesthesiologist "Ugly John" — a Season 1 carryover from the film — and the casually corrupt MP Muldoon, who only appeared once. Most of Orchard's acting career predated "M*A*S*H," and he died in 1995.