In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he appeared on TV commercials advertising for Kellogg's cereals variety packs. (His appearance on these commercials is being shown now on www.wost.org on the link for the 1970 episode of "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.")
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6' 2½" (1.89 m)
Did You Know?
[on leaving M*A*S*H
(1972)] I probably got too big for my britches. The biggest mistake I made was I thought everybody loved McLean Stevenson. It was Henry Blake that people loved. So when I went out and did The McLean Stevenson Show
(1976), nobody gave a damn.
To research for his role as an army surgeon on M*A*S*H
(1972), McLean Stevenson thoroughly studied a book on the history of medicine loaned from Alan Alda
. Months later, that knowledge proved extremely useful when he came upon a person who was critically wounded in a car accident. Drawing on his research, he was able to keep the person alive until help arrived.
Often played likeable, absent-minded characters