In real life, unless you're attending a USO show, you're unlikely to run into a celebrity in a war zone. However, the TV show, M*A*S*H, wasn't real and managed to last longer than the actual war during which the series was set. For 11 years, the 4077 Mobile Army Medical Unit served in Korea, treating patients and welcoming visitors. While most weren't famous faces, a few were already known and others would become famous after their M*A*S*H appearance.
Over the course of 256 episodes, Hawkeye Pierce, Margaret "Hot Lips" Holihan, Maxwell Q. Klinger, Father Mulcahy, and the other doctors and nurses who passed through the 4077th through the years did the best they could to save as many lives as they could in tough conditions. It didn't matter to them that the person on their stretcher was a famous person making a special appearance or an extra hoping that their M*A*S*H scene would be their big break.
If you're a huge M*A*S*H fan, you're going to love this quiz. How many celebrities will you know? Will you remember their appearance? Or will you realize that you've seen every episode and still can't tie the celebrity to their M*A*S*H appearance? The only way to find out how well you know these M*A*S*H guest stars is to take the quiz!
Blythe Danner appeared in the "M*A*S*H" episode called "The More I See You." She has also guest starred on "Will & Grace," "Two and A Half Men," and "Columbo."
The "M*A*S*H" episode Alex Karras appeared on was called "Springtime." He also played the father on the sitcom, "Webster."
For his one "M*A*S*H" appearance, Andrew Dice Clay played Corporal Hrabosky. His appearance aired in 1982. That same year, he appeared as Crazy Larry on "Diff'rent Strokes."
Robert Alda played Dr. Anthony Borelli. The character appeared in two episodes. The were "The Consultant" and "Lend a Hand."
In the 1970s film, Bud Cort played Private Lorenzo Boone. On the TV series, Bruno Kirby played the character in the pilot episode. The character made three other appearances with Robert Gooden in the role.
Ed Begley Jr. appeared on "Too Many Cooks" as Private Paul Conway. The eight season episode originally aired on September 17, 1979.
In the season 8 episode, "Temporary Duty," George Lindsey played Captain Roy DuPree. Lindsey also made appearances on "Gunsmoke," "Mayberry R.F.D," and "Hee Haw."
A season 11 episode of "M*A*S*H" featured George Wendt as Private LaRoche. His appearance took place in 1982, which is the same year "Cheers" debuted.
Ron Howard appeared in the episode, "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet." His character's name was actually Walter Peterson. The 4077th initially thought he was Wendall because he used his brother's birth certificate to join the military.
James Cromwell played Captain Leo Bardonaro. The character appeared in the season 6 episode entitled "Last Laugh."
In 1982, Laurence Fishburne appeared as Corporal Dorsey. The character's sole appearance was in "The Tooth Shall Set You Free."
Jeffery Tambor appeared in a season 11 episode as Major Reddish. The episode was "Foreign Affairs."
In "Deal Me Out," John Ritter appeared as Private Carter. At the time of his appearance, Ritter played Reverend Matthew Fordwick on "The Waltons."
In 1977, Larry Wilcox appeared on "M*A*S*H" as Corporal Mulligan. The episode was "The General's Practitioner."
Joan Van Ark appeared in two episodes. They are "Radar's Report" from 1973 and "Our Finest Hour" from 1978.
In 1973, Leslie Nielsen made one appearance as Colonel Buzz Brighton. The episode was called "The Ringbanger."
In 1975, Ned Beatty appeared in "M*A*S*H" as Colonel Hollister. It was in the episode, "Dear Peggy."
Pat Morita appeared in two season 2 episodes. He played Sam Pak, who was in "Deal Me Out" and "The Chosen People."
In 1981, Patrick Swayze portrayed Private Gary Sturgis. The episode was called "Blood Brothers."
In season 8, Shelley Long played Nancy Mendenhall in one episode. The episode was called "Bottle Fatigue."
Sorrell Book portrayed General Wilson Spaulding Barker in two episodes. The 1972 episodes were "Requiem for a Lightweight" and "Chief Surgeon Who?"
In 1973 and 1978, Terri Garr portrayed Lieutenant Suzanne Marquette. The episodes were "The Sniper" and "Our Finest Hour."
"M*A*S*H" wasn't Bernard Fox's first time in a war zone. He played Colonel Crittendon on "Hogan's Heroes." As Major Ross, he appeared in a "M*A*S*H" episode called "Tea and Empathy."
Major General Lyle Weiskopf visited the 4077th in "Hot Lips is Back in Town." Walter Brooke also portrayed Mr. McGuire in "The Graduate."
In "To Market, to Market," Jack Soo played Charlie Lee. Three years later, he appeared in "Payday" as Kim Chung Quoc.
In 1974, Michael O'Keefe appeared as two different characters. In "War of Nerves," he was Tom. Earlier, he had portrayed Corporal Richard Travis in "Mad Dogs and Servicemen."
In 1977, Philip Baker Hall appeared as Sargent Hacker. The character was in "The Light That Failed."
Larry "Flash" Jenkins appeared on "Preventative Medicine." The episode aired on February 19, 1979.
In "The Tooth Shall Set You Free," Tom Atkins played Major Lawrence Weens. The episode aired on February 8, 1982.
In "Lend a Hand," Antony appeared with his half-brother and father. His character was named Corporal Jarvis.
In 1981, Dirk Blocker appeared as James Mathes. The episode was called "Identity Crisis."
In a 1973 episode of M*A*S*H, James T. Callahan portrayed Tommy Gillis. The episode was called "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet." CBS aired the episode on January 28, 1973.
Richard Masur appeared in one "M*A*S*H" episode. In the episode that originally aired on October 3, 1975, Masur played Lieutenant "Digger" Detmuller. The episode was called "The Late Captain Pierce."
Bruce Kirby appeared as Sergeant Kimble. The character was in "Hey, Doc." CBS aired that episode on October 10, 1975. Other guest stars for "Hey, Doc" were Ted Hamilton and Frank Marth.
On the January 19, 1982, episode of "M*A*S*H," Brett Cullen played Private Thomas Anthony McKegney. The character made a one-time appearance in "Blood and Guts." Gene Evans and Rita Wilson also guest starred in this episode.
Charles Frank played two characters on "M*A*S*H." In 1976's "Dear Sigmund," he was Captain Hathaway. For his second appearance, he was cast as Lieutenant Martinson in "What's Up, Doc?"
Graham Jarvis' character was named Colonel Whiteman. The character's one appearance was in "Big Mac." The episode aired for the first time on February 25, 1975. Loudon Wainwright III also guest starred in this episode.
Lieutenant Lacy is a nurse who appeared in two 1982 episodes. They were "Hey, Look Me Over" and "Blood and Guts." She has also appeared in "The Good Wife," "Happy Days," and "Who's the Boss?"
"The M*A*S*H Olympics" featured Mike Henry's Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscott. The episode, which originally aired on November 22, 1977, marks the character's only appearance on the show.
On March 1, 1977, the "M*A*S*H" episode entitled "Souvenirs" aired. One of the guest characters was Brian Dennehy's M.P. Ernie Connors. Dennehy starred in 1996's "Romeo + Juliet" as Ted Montague.