Can you guess which M*A*S*H cast and crew are from Illinois?

How many of the cast and creators hailed from the Land of Lincoln?

The casting process of M*A*S*H couldn’t have been an easy feat. With the success of the 1970 movie, the general public already had preconceived notions of who these characters were and what they looked like. After all, who’d want to step into Hawkeye Pierce’s shoes after they were filled by Donald Sutherland? It’s no easy task shining out from under the shadow of Elliott Gould’s Trapper John McIntyre.

To say that the TV series was well-cast is an understatement. Today, casual fans and diehards alike now recognize the television cast as the definitive versions of these characters. It was a matter of time. M*A*S*H, the movie, had 116 minutes to establish itself. The TV show had 128 hours.

But when casting for the show was over, and all the roles were filled, how many of the cast and creators hailed from the Land of Lincoln? The frequency with which Illinois pops up in the actors’ and writers’ biographies might surprise you!

    1. Where is Alan Alda from?
    2. What about Father Mulcahy, William Christopher?
    3. Do you know where McLean Stevenson is from?
  1. Loretta Swit played “Hot Lips” Houlihan. From where does she hail?
  2. Where was Harry Morgan (Col. Potter) born?
  3. David Ogden Stiers was Major Winchester on M*A*S*H. Where is Stiers from?
  4. We know Mike Farrell as Capt. Hunnicut. But, do you know where he’s from?
  5. Trapper John was played by Wayne Rogers. Where was Rogers born?
  6. How about series creator/producer Larry Gelbart?

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