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Larry Linville

Biography

Best kept in mind for taking part in the part of surgeon Main Frank Burns within the series, M*A*S*H*. He was among just three People in america to get a scholarship towards the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London the entire year he used. He guest-starred on many Television shows after departing M*A*S*H*, like the Love Motorboat and Bonanza. He was wedded five instances and had a kid called Kelly. His personality stood in stark comparison compared to that of Alan Alda’s within the strike series M*A*S*H*.

Quick Facts


Full Name Larry Linville
Date Of Birth September 29, 1939
Died April 10, 2000, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Ojai, CA
Height 1.85 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Colorado Boulder
Nationality American
Spouse Deborah Guydon, Susan Hagan, Melissa Gallant, Vana Tribbey, Kate Geer, Deborah Guydon, Susan Hagan, Melissa Gallant, Vana Tribbey, Kate Geer
Children Kelly Linville
Parents Fay Pauline Kennedy, Harry Lavon Linville
Movies Earth Girls Are Easy, School Spirit, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D., Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever, The Night Stalker, No Dessert, Dad, till You Mow the Lawn, Kotch, The Stepmother, Blue Movies, Body Waves, The Misery Brothers, Night Partners, Pressure Point
TV Shows Paper Dolls, M*A*S*H, Herbie, the Love Bug, Checking In, Grandpa Goes to Washington, Mannix
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Admitted in a TV Guide interview in the 1970s that he was a lifelong insomniac, sleeping only a few hours every several days.
2Spent eight years in repertory with the Association of Producing Artists in New York, the Barter Theater in Virginia and the San Diego Shakespeare Festival.
3His lifelong hobby was designing and flying gliders.
4Ex-brother-in-law of Ellen Geer, Thad Geer and Ed Flanders.
5Ex-uncle-in-law of Ian Geer Flanders.
6Frequently played stuffed-shirt characters; an interesting exception was when he appeared as a wise, all-powerful genie on Fantasy Island (1977).
7The nickname "ferret face", that was used to describe his "Frank Burns" M*A*S*H (1972) character, was coined up by his own brother.
8Chose not to renew his M*A*S*H (1972) contract because "I felt I had done everything possible with the character" of Frank Burns. Said later that the fifth season (his last) had been hardest for him, since Frank no longer had Loretta Swit's character Hot Lips on his side, leaving him to bear the brunt of the insults alone. Even stopped attending dailies, because Linville was tired of seeing his character as the butt of so many jokes.
9Stated in a 1990s People magazine "Where are they now?" feature about TV doctors that he had no regrets about leaving M*A*S*H (1972) six years before it ended.
10Contrary to his much-maligned character Frank Burns, Linville was actually well-liked by his M*A*S*H (1972) cast-mates. He and Gary Burghoff were close friends off the show; Burghoff described Linville as a "renaissance man" who knew about the intricacies of the Egyptian pyramids and who once even built and flew his own airplane. Alan Alda also remembered Linville fondly, after his death.
11Linville and actor David Ogden Stiers, who'd played Major Winchester, were both VIP guests at the ceremonial closing of the last active M*A*S*H unit in Korea, in the 1990s. Ironically, Stiers had replaced Linville on the show, and neither they nor their characters had ever met - but Winchester's last comment in the last regular episode had been about Major Burns.
12Selected to appear opposite Ingrid Bergman on Broadway because, he said, he was one of the few actors tall enough to play opposite her.
13After college, he applied for a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England; he was one of three Americans out of 300 applicants to win.
14His ex-wife, Kate Geer, was the daughter of Will Geer and Herta Ware.
15Underwent surgery to remove part of his lung after doctors found a malignant tumor under his sternum. [February 1998]
16Los Angeles Times 4/11/00 reports Linville, who died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is survived by his wife, Deborah Linville.
17His only child, Kelly Linville (born 1970), is a photo technician in L.A.
18Studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
19Studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado
20Was raised in Sacramento, California


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Night Court1991TV SeriesDr. Nagelson
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud1989Dr. Jewell
Blue Movies1988Dr. Gladding
Starting from Scratch1988TV SeriesBrandon Shepherd
Earth Girls Are Easy1988Dr. Bob
The Law and Harry McGraw1987TV SeriesAndrew Paxton
School Spirit1985President Grimshaw
Riptide1985TV SeriesEdgar Harrison
Airwolf1985TV SeriesClinton Maxwell
Misfits of Science1985TV SeriesGen. Theil
Paper Dolls1984TV SeriesGrayson Carr
Night Partners1983TV MovieChief John Wilson
Herbie, the Love Bug1982TV SeriesRandy Bigelow
Fantasy Island1980-1982TV Series'Joe' Jonofoceles Armeniums Aristofeles / Jerome Pepper / Fred Webster
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite1981TV MovieWesley Reins
Checking In1981TV SeriesLyle Block
The Jeffersons1981TV SeriesLyle Block
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series
The Love Boat1979-1981TV SeriesTy Younger Lou Hayman
Lou Grant1980TV SeriesThatcher
A Christmas for Boomer1979TV MovieJack
CHiPs1979TV SeriesCarlin
Supertrain1979TV SeriesJack Nordoff
Grandpa Goes to Washington1978-1979TV SeriesMaj. Gen. Kevin Kelley
Barnaby Jones1978TV SeriesTom Watkins
The Rockford Files1977TV SeriesDr. Eric Albach
Calling Doctor Storm, M. D.1977TV MovieDr. Jim Storm
M*A*S*H1972-1977TV SeriesMaj. Frank Burns
Rickles1975TV MovieMaj. Frank Burns
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1975TV SeriesCaptain Jonas
The Stepmother1972Dick Hill
Search1972TV SeriesHugh Emery
Cannon1972TV SeriesEd Barrows
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesRoger Carver
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV SeriesDet. Ed Pierce
Adam-121972TV SeriesSgt. Hugh Brasher
The Night Stalker1972TV MovieMakurji
Bunny O'Hare1971Max (Collector #1)
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesSloane (segment "The Academy")
Kotch1971Peter Stiel
Men at Law1971TV Series
Vanished1971TV MovieWalters (as Lawrence Linville)
The F.B.I.1969-1970TV SeriesGeorge Franciscus / George Tremont
The Young Lawyers1970TV SeriesBud Morton
Mannix1968-1970TV SeriesLieutenant George Kramer Detective Sergeant George Kramer
Mission: Impossible1969-1970TV SeriesColonel Leo Orlov / Alexi Silensky / Capt. Gulka
The Young Rebels1970TV SeriesReverend Wells
Here Come the Brides1970TV SeriesHarry Miles
Room 2221969TV SeriesCounselor
Marcus Welby, M.D.1969TV SeriesDr. Beck / Doctor
Bonanza1969TV SeriesLieutenant Will Tyler
The Outsider1969TV SeriesFloyd Hendricks
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesMartin Lederer
The Doctors1968TV SeriesPaul
West from North Goes South2004Rev. Lowell
Great Performances1999TV SeriesEverett Baker
Pressure Point1997Neil Kennedy
Fast Track1997TV Series
Fatal Pursuit1995Shelby
Murder, She Wrote1985-1995TV SeriesPaige Corbin / Lt. Steven Ames / Prof. Kent Radford
Angel's Tide1995
No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn1994J.J.
A Million to Juan1994Richard Dickerson
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1993TV SeriesGrover Cleveland
Body Waves1992Himmel
A Different World1992TV SeriesSen. Hutchinson
Nurses1992TV SeriesMr. Garrett
Dream On1991TV SeriesUncle Danny
Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever1991Principal McGree

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
M*A*S*HTV Series 3 episodes, 1975 - 1976 performer - 5 episodes, 1972 - 1978

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentary in memory of
M*A*S*H1978TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 32000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War1999TV Movie documentaryTheodore Roosevelt (voice)
Nurses1993TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentaryHimself / Maj. Frank Burns
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHimself
Making 'M*A*S*H'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Squares1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Blankety Blanks1975TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Maj. Frank Burns
M*A*S*H1978TV SeriesMaj. Frank Burns

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#Quote
1[about playing Frank Burns] On the one side he was just kind of silly and stupid and on the other side you have the danger of being very repulsive and ugly so you must balance that so that it is believable enough to serve the comedy.
2[about Frank Burns] Some people have said 'Why didn't the role progress? Why didn't he become more understanding, more humane, more compassionate, more sensitive?' I said 'What did you want him to be Alan Alda?'
3[on contracting cancer]: "I was scared. It wasn't like drinking. You could give up the bottle. You can't give up the big C."
4(when asked whom he'd based his infamous Frank Burns character on) "Every idiot I've ever known."


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