Sunday, January 30, 2011

Larry Linville who played Frank Burns on the TV show M*A*S*H

Larry Linville was born Lawrence Lavon Linville on September 29, 1939.  He is best known for playing the role of Frank Burns on the TV show M*A*S*H.


Larry Linville as Frank Burns in the TV show M*A*S*H

Larry got his acting start in 1968 appearing in a recurring role as Lieutenant George Kramer in the TV show Mannix.  He co-starred with Mike Connors, Gail Fisher and Ward Wood.  Linville played the role in seven episodes over two years until 1970.

In between his appearances on Mannix, Linville also appeared in The Outsider starring Darren McGavin, Kathie Browne and Paul Hahn (1969); Bonanza starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker (1969); Marcus Welby, M.D. starring Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo (2 episodes, 1969); Room 222 starring Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Karen Valentine, and Michael Constantine (1969); Here Come the Brides starring Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, Joan Blondell, Bridget Hanley,Mark Lenard, and David Soul (1970); The Young Rebels starring Richard Ely, Louis Gossett Jr., Hilary Thompson, and Alex Henteloff (1970); and Mission: Impossible starring Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, and Bob Johnson (3 episodes 1969 through 70).



Larry Linville, the early years

After Mannix, Linville appeared in The Young Lawyers starring Zalman King, Judy Pace and Lee J. Cobb (1970); The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott and Marvin Miller (1970).

Linvlle made his film debut in 1971 with three films including Vanished co-starring Richard Widmark, Skye Aubrey, James Farentino, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Tom Bosley, and Betty White.  That film would be followed the same year by Kotch co-starring Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, and Ellen Geer.  Soon after came Bunny O'Hare co-starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, John Astin, Jack Cassidy, and John Astin.



Larry Linville then
Larry Linville in 1972

His film success would gain him enough notoriety to land him a role as Major Frank Burns in the TV show M*A*S*H.  He would co-star with 
Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce), Loretta Swit ("Hot lips" Houlihan), Wayne Rogers, ('Trapper' John McIntyre) , Gary Burghoff (Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly), Jamie Farr (Corpal Max Clinger),  Mike Farrell (B. J. Hunnicut), Kellye Nakahara (Nurse Kellye), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake), and Harry Morgan (Colonel Sherman T. Potter).    Linville would play the role for 5 years until 1977 when he decided not to renew his contract and pursue other roles.  


Larry Linville as Frank Burns in the TV show M*A*S*H
Wayne Rogers ('Trapper' John McIntyre) and Larry Linville (Frank Burns) in the TV show M*A*S*H

 Larry Linville (Frank Burns) and Loretta Swit ('Hot lips' Houlihan), background from left Kelley Nakahara (Nurse Kellye), William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), Gary Burghoff (Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly)  and others  in the TV show M*A*S*H
Some cast of "M*A*S*H" in the early years Front: Loretta Swit ("Hot Lips" Houlihan), Larry Linville (Frank Burns) Second row:  Gary Burghoff ("Radar" O'Reilly), Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) Back: McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake), Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre)

During his time on M*A*S*H, Linville also made appearances in The Night Stalker co-starring Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Claude Akins, and Ralph Meeker (1972); Adam-12 starring Martin Milner, Kent McCord and William Boyett (1972); O'Hara, U.S. Treasury starring David Janssen, Paul Picerni and Larry Pennell (1972); The Sixth Sense starring Gary Collins, Catherine Ferrar and Percy Rodrigues (1972); Cannon starring William Conrad, Patrick Culliton and Tom Pittman (1972); Search starring Burgess Meredith, Hugh O'Brian and Doug McClure (1972); The Stepmother co-starring Alejandro Rey, John Anderson, Katherine Justice, Duncan McLeod, and Rudy Herrera Jr. (1972); and Rickles starring Don Rickles, Don Adams (1975).



Cast of "M*A*S*H" in the early years Front: Larry Linville (Frank Burns), Loretta Swit ("Hot Lips" Houlihan), Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce), Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre), Gary Burghoff ("Radar" O'Reilly), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger)  Rear: McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy)
McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake) and Larry Linville (Frank Burns) of the TV show "M*A*S*H"

Larry Linville as Frank Burns in the TV show M*A*S*H

After his M*A*S*H years were over, Linville moved on to appear in The Rockford Files starring James Garner, Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos (1977); and Barnaby Jones starring Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether and John Carter (1978).

In 1978 Larry landed another regular role as Major General Kevin Kelley in the series Grandpa Goes to Washington.  He co-starred with Jack Albertson (Senator Joe Kelley), Sue Ane Langdon (Rosie), Sparky Marcus (Kevin Kelley, Jr), and Michele Tobin (Kathleen Kelley).  The show only lasted seven episodes and was cancelled.



Larry Linville in 1976

After Grandpa Goes to Washington, Linville went on to star in a couple of recurring roles in
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange.  During this time he also appeared in shows such as Supertrain starring Edward Andrews, Harrison Page and Robert Alda (1979); CHiPs starring Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Brodie Greer, and Brianne Leary (1979); A Christmas for Boomer co-starring Lawrason Driscoll, Gillian Grant, Harriet Hilliard, Al Molinaro, and Joyce Van Patten (1979); and Lou Grant starring Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams, Linda Kelsey, Daryl Anderson, Jack Bannon, and Nancy Marchand (1980).

Linville would then go on to land the role of Lyle Block in the 1981 series Checking In co-starring Marla Gibbs, Patrick Collins, Jordan Gibbs, Liz Torres and Robert Costanzo.  The show was short lived and only lasted four episodes.  Larry would go on to guest star in a few episodes of Fantasy Island starring Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize. He would appear in four episodes until 1982.  During this time he also starred in The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite co-starring Lee Purcell, Philip MacHale, Jerry Mathers, Zohra Lampert, Burton Gilliam, Jack Elam, Gary Lockwood, Barney Phillips, Tom Poston, and Morgan Fairchild (1981).



Larry Linville circa late 1970s

Larry would move on to appear in series such as the short lived series Herbie, the Love Bug starring Claudia Wells, Kipp Lennon and Dean Jones (1982); Night Partners co-starring Yvette Mimieux, Diana Canova, Patty McCormack, M. Emmet Walsh, Patti Davis, and Arlen Dean Snyder (1983).

He would appear in six episodes of Paper Dolls as Grayson Carr co-starring with Lloyd Bridges, Dack Rambo, Morgan Fairchild,  Richard Beymer, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro, and Jennifer Warren (1984).  He would star in both the TV movie and pilot TV show Misfits of Science as General Theil.  He would co-star with Dean Paul Martin, Courteney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall, Jennifer Holmes, Diane Cary, Max Wright, and Mark Thomas Miller.  Additional stars in the movie included Mickey Jones, Tawny Little, Leslie Easterbrook, and Kenneth Mars.



Larrry Linville then

Larry would go on to appear in Airwolf starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Jean Bruce Scott, and Ernest Borgnine (1985); Riptide starring Perry King, Joe Penny and Thom Bray (1985); School Spirit co-starring Tom Nolan, Elizabeth Foxx, Roberta Collins, Brian Frishman, and Leslee Bremmer (1985); The Law and Harry McGraw starring Jerry Orbach, Barbara Babcock and Shea Farrell (1987); Blue Movies co-starring Steve Levitt, Larry Poindexter, Darian Mathias, Lucinda Crosby, Christopher Stone, and Don Calfa (1988); Earth Girls Are Easy co-starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Damon Wayans, Michael McKean, Charles Rocket, Rick Overton, and Rick Hurst* (1988); Starting from Scratch starring Bill Daily, Heidi Helmer, Connie Stevens, Jason Marin, and Nita Talbot (1988); and C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud co-starring Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Robert Vaughn, Bianca Jagger, June Lockhart, and Norman Fell (1989).

In the early 1990s, Linville would appear in movies and shows such as Night Court starring Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Markie Post, Marsha Warfield, Charles Robinson, and Richard Moll (1991); Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever co-starring Corey Feldman, Mary Woronov, Liane Curtis, Evan Richards, Brynn Horrocks, Sarah Buxton, and Jason Lively (1991); A Different World  starring Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Dawnn Lewis, Charnele Brown, and Jasmine Guy (1992); Body Waves co-starring Bill Calvert, Leah Lail, Jim Wise, Michael McDonald, Andy Buckley, and Sherrie Rose (1992); Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman starring Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, Michael Landes, Tracy Scoggins, and Mary Crosby (1993); A Million to Juan co-starring Paul Rodriguez, Tony Plana, Bert Rosario, Edward James Olmos, Polly Draper, Jonathan Hernandez, Maria Rangel, and Liz Torres (1994); No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn co-starring Joshua Schaefer, Robert Hays, Joanna Kerns, Allison Mack, James Marsden, and Richard Moll (1994); and Angel's Tide co-starring Pamela Bowen, Patricia Bursiel and Laura Gardner (1995).


Larry Linville in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

In the latter half of the '90s, Linville starred in Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury, William Windom and Ron Masak (1995); Pressure Point co-starring Don Mogavero and Steve Railsback (1997); Fast Track starring Keith Carradine, Duncan Regehr, Tristan Rogers, Jennifer Cooper, Guylaine St-Onge, and Brandy Ledford (1997); and Fatal Pursuit co-starring L.P. Brown III, Shannon Whirry, Malcolm McDowell, Larry Manetti, Lydie Denier, and Charles Napier (1998).


Larry Linville as Reverend Lowell in West from North Goes South


Larry Linville in his later years

It was discovered that Linville had developed lung cancer in 1998.  He underwent surgery and had the cancer removed.  He would go on to begin work on the film West from North Goes South co-starring Shawn David Thompson, Amelia Barrett, Morris Day, Phyllis Diller, Tina Louise, and Julie McCullough. The cancer had been removed, however, Linville passed away  on April 10, 2000 after developing pneumonia following another round of surgery. Linville would appear posthumously in West from North Goes South when it was released in 2004.




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