McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Highest Rated: 67% The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

Birthday: Nov 14, 1927

Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, USA

Affable comedic actor McLean Stevenson was most widely known for his portrayal of Col. Henry Blake on the wartime ensemble dramedy "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), a ground-breaking show he left in order to pursue a series of his own. After receiving his start on the stages of New York and as a writer for such shows as "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69), he landed his first regular cast role with a spot on the series "The Doris Day Show" (CBS, 1968-1973). After two seasons on that show, and with his professional stock on the rise, Stevenson chose to abandon his role on "Doris Day" for the groundbreaking series "M*A*S*H" in 1972. Although his endearingly goofy portrayal of Blake earned him accolades and scores of TV fans, the actor soon began to chafe under the increasingly large shadow of the series' primary star, Alan Alda. Stevenson left "M*A*S*H" in 1973 in order to receive top billing on "The McLean Stevenson Show" (NBC, 1976-77). It would be only the first of several failed attempts by the actor to headline a series. Stevenson's late-career work consisted largely of guest turns on sitcoms and appearances on a number of game shows, prior to his passing in 1996. Although he later admitted that leaving "M*A*S*H" had been a mistake, Stevenson never lost sight of the fact that he had secured himself a place in the pantheon of all-time great TV characters with his pitch-perfect embodiment of Col. Henry Blake.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
67% 59% The Cat From Outer Space Link (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shirts/Skins Doctor Benny Summer (Character) - 1973

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1988-1989 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Dancing Max Kellerman (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet 95% The Golden Girls Ted Zbornak (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1981-1982 1976-1977 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello, Larry Larry Alder (Character) 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1978
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Lt. Col. Henry Blake (Character) 1972-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Michael Nicholson (Character) 1969-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1969

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