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Larry Linville
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    (September 29, 1939-April 10, 2000)
    Best known as Major Frank Burns on M*A*S*H
    Acted in 'Vanished (1971),' 'Kotch (1971),' 'The Night Stalker (1972),' The Stepmother (1972),' 'Grandpa Goes to Washington (1978),' 'Checking In (1981),' 'Herbie the Love Bug (1982),' 'Night Partners (1983),' 'Misfits of Science (1985),' 'School Spirit (1985),' 'Earth Girls Are Easy (1988),' 'Blue Movies (1988),' 'C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud (1989),' 'Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1990),' 'Body Waves (1992),' 'A Million to Juan (1994),' 'No Dessert Dad, Til You Mow the Lawn (1994),' 'Angel's Tide (1995),' 'Pressure Point (1997),' 'Fatal Pursuit (1998)' and 'Crazy for You (1999)'
    Died of lung cancer at age 60
    He smoked.
    He said of his scenes with M*A*S*H co-star Loretta Swit, 'We were Mutt and Jeff, Roadrunner and Coyote, whatever, we were a proper pair.'
    Because he portrayed his character so well many thought he was a jerk in real life.
    His M*A*S*H character's nickname 'ferret face' was coined by his own brother.
    After five years (1972-77) he refused to renegotiate his M*A*S*H contract because he felt couldn't do anything more with the character.
    He married four times and divorced thrice.
    He was in a 10-10-321 commercial with Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (1998).
    He studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado.
    He had a life long passion for glider planes, designing and building his own.
    He was one of three Americans among 300 applicants selected for a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
    He based his Frank Burns character on 'Every idiot I've ever known.'
    He was well liked by his M*A*S*H co-stars and was very good friends with Gary Burghoff.
    He said of those who worked in actual M*A*S*H units, 'It was humbling to think of the real doctors who sometimes operated on more than 150 patients in a day.'
    He had surgery to remove part of his lung after doctors found a malignant tumor under his sternum (February 12, 1998).

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