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Celebrities - Larry Linville

Lawrence Lavon "Larry" Linville (1939-2000) was an American actor. He was known for his portrayal of obnoxious, pious, self-important and inept surgeon Major Frank Burns in the television series M*A*S*H.

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1 As much of a louse as Frank Burns was, Larry Linville in real life was an all-around nice guy and one of the best people you could ever ask to work with, which has been attested to by other M*A*S*H cast members in virtually every interview/documentary about the show I've ever seen. His reason for leaving the show (that he'd done all he could with the Burns character) was completely correct and totally understandable. Linville was a true unsung hero. The contrast between his character and his real-life self reminds me of a quote from Paul McCrane (of Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano infamy on ER): "I am not an @$$hole, I just play one on TV." I don't know whether Linville would have put it quite that way, but he certainly would have agreed with the sentiment. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on April 18, 2011, 7:41 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Usually I can't stand actors that jump ship on a successful TV show, but I totally understand why he left M*A*S*H. Burns had absolutely no redeeming qualities (he wasn't even a good surgeon) and was always wrong. He basically just served as a strawman for Hawkeye & co. to knock down. And eventually he even lost Hot Lips. Linville said his character was one-dimensional and he was right. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 18, 2011, 12:50 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
3 It can't have been easy for Linville to go in the show being the foil and target of all the other characters' hatred [even at the end Hot Lips'] but he did it quite flawlessly. BTW, for a brief time, he was the son-in-law of[ of all people] Will 'Grandpa Walton' Geer! Can anyone imagine how Grandpa Walton would have treated Frank Burns if he HAD been his son-in-law?! LOL. Not the only "Waltons"/"M*A*S*H" link, though. Alan Arbus 'Dr. Sydney Freeman' has been married to Mariclare 'Miss Rosemary Hunter' Costello since the 1970's. Yes, Miss Hunter married him instead of the future Jack Tripper. Oddly enough, it's easier to imagine what Grandpa/Ferret Face interaction may have been like than than Dr. Freeman/Miss Hunter's has been. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 17, 2011, 8:26 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Linville was brilliant, and a nice fellow too. And M*A*S*H without ol' Ferret Face would have been a pretty ordinary program - as the last five increasingly sanctimonious seasons in fact proved. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 17, 2011, 3:47 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Was the heart and soul of MASH - the unung hero and best straightman ever. RIP -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on February 20, 2011, 1:44 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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