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Encyclopedia > McLean Stevenson
McLean Stevenson Image:MashEpisode72.jpg
Born November 14, 1927
Normal, Illinois
Died February 15, 1996
Los Angeles, California

McLean Stevenson (November 14, 1927February 15, 1996) (full name Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr.), born in Normal, Illinois was an American actor most recognized for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H. Image File history File links MashEpisode72. ... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Normal is an incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Normal is an incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. ... See also Henry Arthur Blake. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ...

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Early life and career

Stevenson was the great-grandson of a brother of Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the United States (Edgar McLean Stevenson (Sr.) appears on p. 138 of Samuel Harris Stevenson et al., A History and Genealogical Record of the Stevenson Family from 1748 to 1926 (2nd. ed., n.p., n.d.)). He is also the brother of actress Ann Whitney. His father was a cardiologist. Adlai Ewing Stevenson I (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) was a Congressman from Illinois and the twenty-third Vice President of the United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of succession... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Cardiology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. ...


After serving in the Navy, he attended Northwestern University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater arts and was a proud and well-liked Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity brother. Afterwards he worked on a radio station, played a clown on a live TV show in Dallas, became an assistant director at Northwestern, and sold medical supplies and insurance. Afterwards he worked as a press secretary for his cousin in the presidential elections of 1952 and 1956. He formed the "Young Democrats for Stevenson". The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Northwestern University is a prestigious private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... For other uses, see Television (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... Northwestern University is a prestigious private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... A press secretary is a senior advisor (usually to a politician) who provides advice on how to deal with the media and, using news management techniques, helps them to maintain a positive public image and avoid negative media coverage. ... The presidential seal was first used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1961, his cousin invited him to some parties, where he met some business luminaries. He followed his cousin's advice to look for a show business career. He auditioned and won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His teachers included the well-respected Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, David Craig, Lehman Engel, and Sue Seaton. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Wall Street, Manhattan is the location of the New York Stock Exchange and is often used as a symbol for the world of business. ... Scholarship is the pursuit of academic research, whether in the arts and humanities or sciences, and in all such fields means deep mastery of a subject, often through study at institutions of higher education. ... The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, or AMDA, is a school for the performing arts located in Manhattan, New York City, New York. ... January 20, 1978: Lee Strasberg talks about his craft during a two-week seminar in Germany. ... David Craig is a fake. ...


Stevenson made his professional career debut in "The Music Man" in 1962 and appeared regularly in Warsaw, Indiana in summer stock productions. After this he appeared in New York on stage and television commercials. He also performed on Broadway. However, he began to establish himself as a comedy writer, writing for the seminal "That Was the Week that Was", in which Alan Alda appeared, and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". He performed occasionally on both shows. This article is about the Broadway musical. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Warsaw is a city in Kosciusko County, Indiana, United States. ... NY redirects here. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Alan Alda (born Alfonso Joseph DAbruzzo on January 28, 1936) is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and sometime political activist. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American musical-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom and Dick Smothers. ...


M*A*S*H

After guest-starring on "That Girl" (1966) with Marlo Thomas, he was cast in The Doris Day Show in 1969, playing magazine editor boss Michael Nicholson until 1971. Originally, he auditioned for the role of Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, but was convinced to play Henry Blake instead. This role shot him to stardom. He eventually wrote the episode "The Trial of Henry Blake" (US air date: 11/3/73), and provided the story for another, "The Army-Navy Game" (US air date: 2/25/73). He received one Emmy nomination for his writing. That Girl was a television situation comedy that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Marlo Thomas Marlo Thomas (born Margaret Julia Thomas on November 21, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actress, who first achieved fame on the TV series That Girl in the 1960s. ... The Doris Day Show is an 128-episode American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 1968 until September 1973. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce is the lead fictional character in the M*A*S*H novels, film, and television series. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Henry Blake was one of the most popular characters on M*A*S*H, a carefree clod who preferred fishing to keeping close tabs on the unit under his command. Furthermore, the show quickly became one of the most popular situation comedies running, and would eventually become recognized as one of the top sitcoms in television history. Stevenson, however, began chafing at the fact he was playing second fiddle to the wisecracking Hawkeye (played by Alan Alda), as did Wayne Rogers, and asked to be let out of his contract during the show's third season. The writers reluctantly accomplished this transition in the final episode of the 1974-75 season, in which Col. Blake was discharged, only to board a plane that was shot down over the Sea of Japan, killing everyone on board (a part that was added after the scripts were distributed as to engender genuine emotion from the actors as they were genuinely unaware of that part of the storyline). The writers claimed that they killed Col. Blake off in an effort to bring the realities of war to the show in that not everyone makes it home alive. However, many believe that it was done out of malice in reaction to McLean's decision to leave the hit show (not knowing what effect his departure would have on it), and in an effort to close the door on any chance for McLean to return to the show as Col. Blake at a later date if he would have decided to try to. M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Wayne M. Rogers (born in Birmingham, Alabama on 7 April 1933) is an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of Trapper John McIntyre in the long-running U.S. television series, M*A*S*H. He succeeded Elliott Gould, who had played the character in... The Sea of Japan (East Sea) is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean. ...


Later career

After his departure from M*A*S*H, Stevenson's acting career began to sink. Stevenson starred in a series of sitcoms that he hoped would bring him the comic leading-man status to which he aspired. None of these efforts met with much success. They included The McLean Stevenson Show; In the Beginning; Hello, Larry; and Condo. All four sitcoms were dismissed by audiences and critics alike as sorry wastes of Stevenson's abilities, and all but one lasted no more than a single season (Hello, Larry lasted a season and a half). In the Beginning is a phrase that is used in many contexts. ... Hello, Larry was a 1970s sitcom starring McLean Stevenson. ...


Stevenson also guest-starred in shows such as Square One TV, The Love Boat, Diff'rent Strokes, Match Game, Hollywood Squares, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His screen credits include the Disney movie The Cat from Outer Space as a friend of Dr. Frank Wilson (played by Ken Berry). In 1981, in jest, Match Game host Gene Rayburn described Stevenson as someone "responsible for the demise of several television shows" just before handing Stevenson Match Game hosting duties for a day. Square One, also known as Square One Television, was a television show produced by the Childrens Television Workshop to teach mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts to young viewers. ... The Love Boat was a TV series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. ... Diffrent Strokes was an American sitcom that aired on the NBC television network from November 3, 1978 until May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985 until March 7, 1986. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show during the years that Johnny Carson hosted from 1962 to 1992. ... Walt Disney Pictures logo (2006-present) Walt Disney Pictures is an American film studio, with off-shoot studios in Japan and other sites in the United States. ... The Cat from Outer Space is a 1978 Walt Disney Company film, starring Ken Berry and Sandy Duncan. ... Kenneth Ronald Berry (born November 3, 1933 in Moline, Illinois) is an American actor, comedian, and dancer. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy award-nominated American radio and television personality. ...


Stevenson was recovering from surgery in a Los Angeles hospital on February 15, 1996 when he unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest and died. It was three months after his 68th birthday. In a strange twist of fate, Stevenson was the first cast member from M*A*S*H to leave the series, as well as the first to die. M*A*S*H writer Larry Gelbart later said that Stevenson had left too soon twice in one lifetime. February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ... Larry Gelbart (b. ...


Stevenson is interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. He left behind his wife Ginny, daughter Lindsey and son Jeff MacGregor (from a previous marriage). Coincidentally, Roger Bowen, who had played Henry Blake in the M*A*S*H movie, also died of cardiac arrest the day after Stevenson’s passing. Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ... Roger Bowen (May 25, 1932 - February 16, 1996) was an American actor born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. ... M*A*S*H is a 1970 satirical American dark comedy film directed by Robert Altman, based extremely loosely on the novel written by Richard Hooker. ...


Shortly before his passing, Stevenson admitted that he regretted leaving M*A*S*H when he did. One legacy of Stevenson is a word coined from his first name, McLean--McLeaning, which refers to an actor leaving a show, and his or her character's subsequent demise--as happened to Henry Blake when McLean Stevenson left M*A*S*H. M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ... McLeaning is a term used in media, especially television, to refer to cases when a character is killed off because the actor who played him decided to leave the show. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ...


His great-grandson, Michael, can be seen advertising Maclean's toothpaste on Eastern European television.


External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
McLean Stevenson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (968 words)
Stevenson was the great-grandson of a brother of Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the United States (Edgar McLean Stevenson (Sr.) appears on p.
Stevenson, however, began chafing at the fact he was playing second fiddle to the wisecracking Hawkeye (played by Alan Alda), as did Wayne Rogers, and asked to be let out of his contract during the show's third season.
Stevenson was recovering from surgery in a Los Angeles hospital on February 15, 1996 when he unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest and died.
Adlai Stevenson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2361 words)
Stevenson's intelligence was the subject of much ridicule among anti-intellectuals; it was during the 1952 campaign that Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. Richard M. Nixon of California labelled Stevenson an "egghead." In the 1952 presidential election against Dwight D. Eisenhower, Stevenson secured only nine states and lost the Electoral College vote 442 to 89.
Stevenson again won the nomination at the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, aided by strong support from younger delegates, who were said to form the core of the "New Politics" movement.
Stevenson died suddenly of heart failure on the afternoon of July 14, 1965, during a short stay in London, while on a walk with Marietta Tree.
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