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.
6' 1" (1.85 m)
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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.
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.