Movie and TV star Joe Pantoliano played Cpt. Gerald Mullen in a 1981 “M*A*S*H” episode and soon after he went on to a big acting career.
The 70-year-old, who’s picked up the name “Joey Pants,” has starred in over 150 movie and TV productions since 1974.
According to IMDB, Pantoliano was a star in that Season 10, third episode. Since then, he’s acted in some pretty big movies like “Bad Boys,” “La Bamba,” and “The Matrix.” He’s also had TV roles in “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue.”
In 2003, Joe Pantoliano won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his character Ralph Cifaretto on “The Sopranos.”
Pantoliano’s ‘M*A*S*H’ Cutting Portrayal
In this “Identity Crisis” show, his Mullen character gets counsel from Father Mulcahy. Mullen swapped dog tags with a dead colleague, and guilt eats at the soldier over the act.
The Monster M*A*S*H fan page goes into some key details about the episode.
Joe Pantoliano’s character comes to the unit as a soldier named Levin. He got the wrong blood infusion at Battalion Aid because he’s wearing a different dog tag. During the episode, Mullen’s story unravels over religious identification.
Mullen calls for the priest and confesses his act in the middle of one night. When wounded and in battle, the man pretends to be dead as a group of North Koreans catches up with their victims. One is his friend, Josh Levin. Pantoliano’s Mullen character comes up with a plan to leave the country by taking his friend’s uniform and transfer orders.
The priest is shocked and discourages him from the plan, but Mullen won’t change his mind. Mulcahy refuses Mullen’s request for forgiveness, saying, “How can I, when you’re virtually unrepentant?”
The priest comes up with a plan to thwart Mullen, giving him Levin’s mail and other items. When Mullen sees it, he aborts the plan and gets back on a truck, heading back to a war zone.
The episode was the first of two that David Ogden Stiers, known as Charles Winchester, directed. He also guided the “That Darn Kid” episode in 1982. Dirk Blocker, son of the legendary “Bonanza” actor Dan Blocker, also stars.
Pantoliano In A South Korean Movie Remake
Recently, Pantoliano starred in a remake of a 2013 South Korean social horror-thriller that came out on Nov. 19. Jonathan Rhys Myers, Jacinda Barrett, and Mustafa Shakir co-star in the film on Nov. 19.
According to Deadline, the movie revolves around a man searching for his long-lost brother. That search reveals a secret world of squatters living in the homes of unsuspecting tenants. The man soon finds out his home is a target for the squatters. The movie looks to find out what would happen if marginalized people decide to take “matters into their own hands.”