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Larry Linville (1939–2000)

Larry Linville was born on September 29, 1939 in Ojai, California, USA as Larry Lavon Linville. He was an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) and Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991). He was married to Deborah Guydon, Susan Hagan, Melissa Gallant, Vana Tribbey and Kate Geer. He died on April 10, 2000 in New York City, ... See full bio »

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M*A*S*H Maj. Frank Burns
Earth Girls Are Easy
Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever
The Night Stalker


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 1999 Great Performances (TV Series)
Everett Baker
- Crazy for You (1999) ... Everett Baker
 1997 Pressure Point
Neil Kennedy
 1997 Fast Track (TV Series)
 1995 Fatal Pursuit
 1985-1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Paige Corbin / Lt. Steven Ames / Prof. Kent Radford
- Unwilling Witness (1995) ... Paige Corbin
- Curse of the Daanav (1988) ... Lt. Steven Ames
- Murder Takes the Bus (1985) ... Prof. Kent Radford
 1995 Angel's Tide
 1992 Body Waves
 1992 A Different World (TV Series)
Sen. Hutchinson
- Special Delivery (1992) ... Sen. Hutchinson
 1992 Nurses (TV Series)
Mr. Garrett
- No Hiding Place (1992) ... Mr. Garrett
 1991 Dream On (TV Series)
Uncle Danny
- Toby or Not Toby (1991) ... Uncle Danny
 1991 Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever
Principal McGree
 1991 Night Court (TV Series)
Dr. Nagelson
- To Sleep, No More (1991) ... Dr. Nagelson
 1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud
Dr. Jewell
 1988 Blue Movies
Dr. Gladding
 1988 Starting from Scratch (TV Series)
Brandon Shepherd
- James' Brother (1988) ... Brandon Shepherd
 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy
Dr. Bob
 1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
Andrew Paxton
- Old Heroes Never Lie (1987) ... Andrew Paxton
 1985 School Spirit
President Grimshaw
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Edgar Harrison
- Does Not Compute (1985) ... Edgar Harrison
 1985 Airwolf (TV Series)
Clinton Maxwell
- And a Child Shall Lead (1985) ... Clinton Maxwell
 1985 Misfits of Science (TV Series)
Gen. Theil
- Deep Freeze (Pilot) (1985) ... Gen. Theil
 1983 Night Partners (TV Movie)
Chief John Wilson
 1982 Herbie, the Love Bug (TV Series)
Randy Bigelow
- Herbie, the Best Man (1982) ... Randy Bigelow
- House Is Your House, My (1982) ... Randy Bigelow
- Herbie to the Rescue (1982) ... Randy Bigelow
- Herbie the Matchmaker (1982) ... Randy Bigelow
 1980-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
'Joe' Jonofoceles Armeniums Aristofeles / Jerome Pepper / Fred Webster
- The Challenge/A Genie Named Joe (1982) ... 'Joe' Jonofoceles Armeniums Aristofeles
- Also Rans/Portrait of Solange (1981) ... Jerome Pepper
- My Fair Pharaoh/The Power (1980) ... Fred Webster
 1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (TV Movie)
Wesley Reins
 1980 Lou Grant (TV Series)
- Sting (1980) ... Thatcher
 1979 A Christmas for Boomer (TV Movie)
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Roller Disco: Part 2 (1979) ... Carlin
- Roller Disco: Part 1 (1979) ... Carlin
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Jack Nordoff
- And a Cup of Kindness Too (1979) ... Jack Nordoff
 1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Tom Watkins
- Deadly Sanctuary (1978) ... Tom Watkins
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Dr. Eric Albach
- A Deadly Maze (1977) ... Dr. Eric Albach
 1977 Calling Doctor Storm, M. D. (TV Movie)
Dr. Jim Storm
 1975 Rickles (TV Movie)
Maj. Frank Burns
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Captain Jonas
- Chopper (1975) ... Captain Jonas
 1972 The Stepmother
Dick Hill
 1972 Search (TV Series)
Hugh Emery
- One of Our Probes Is Missing (1972) ... Hugh Emery
 1972 Cannon (TV Series)
Ed Barrows
- Bad Cats and Sudden Death (1972) ... Ed Barrows (as Lawrence Linville)
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Roger Carver
- The House That Cried Murder (1972) ... Roger Carver
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Det. Ed Pierce
- Operation: Deathwatch (1972) ... Det. Ed Pierce
 1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Sgt. Hugh Brasher
- The Tip (1972) ... Sgt. Hugh Brasher
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Max (Collector #1)
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Sloane (segment "The Academy")
- A Fear of Spiders/Junior/Marmalade Wine/The Academy (1971) ... Sloane (segment "The Academy")
 1971 Kotch
Peter Stiel
 1971 Men at Law (TV Series)
 1971 Vanished (TV Movie)
Walters (as Lawrence Linville)
 1969-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
George Franciscus / George Tremont
- The Inheritors (1970) ... George Franciscus (as Lawrence Linville)
- Flight (1969) ... George Tremont (as Lawrence Linville)
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Bud Morton
- Remember Chris Gately? (1970) ... Bud Morton (as Lawrence Linville)
 1969-1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Colonel Leo Orlov / Alexi Silensky / Capt. Gulka
- The Innocent (1970) ... Colonel Leo Orlov
- Robot (1969) ... Alexi Silensky (as Lawrence Linville)
- The Glass Cage (1969) ... Capt. Gulka
 1970 The Young Rebels (TV Series)
Reverend Wells
- The Ring of Freedom (1970) ... Reverend Wells
 1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Harry Miles
- Break the Bank of Tacoma (1970) ... Harry Miles
 1969 Room 222 (TV Series)
- Arizona State Loves You (1969) ... Counselor (as Lawrence Linville)
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Beck / Doctor
- The White Cane (1969) ... Dr. Beck (as Lawrence Linville)
- A Matter of Humanities (1969) ... Doctor (as Lawrence Linville)
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Lieutenant Will Tyler
- The Fence (1969) ... Lieutenant Will Tyler (as Lawrence Linville)
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Floyd Hendricks
- The Secret of Mareno Bay (1969) ... Floyd Hendricks
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Martin Lederer
- The Ends of Justice (1968) ... Martin Lederer (as Lawrence Linville)
 1968 The Doctors (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1405 (1968) ... Paul (uncredited)
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He acted in Sam Bobrick's play, "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Fannie Flagg and David Doyle in the cast. See more »

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Lawrence Linville


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[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. See more »


Contrary 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. See more »

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