M*A*S*H – What even die hard fans don’t know!

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Similar to modern day shows such as The Office, writers gained inspiration for M*A*S*H characters from real life individuals. Many of the patients from M*A*S*H’s seasons 6 and 7 were named after baseball players from the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the Angels.

Writers also drew inspiration from their personal lives to name everyone from Radar’s love interests to real-life family members. Radar’s love interests were named after previous girlfriends of one of the writers. Actor Mike Farrell, who was shown talking to his character’s family on the phone, requested that his daughter have the same name as his actual daughter, Erin.

Alan Alda

Alan Alda was on M*A*S*H for eleven seasons and was in every single episode. He commuted from Los Angeles to New Jersey. Every weekend, Alda would fly back to NJ to be with his family. He opted not to move his family out to California, saying that he wasn’t sure how long the show was going to last. After the show ended, Alda developed a long, healthy acting career in film and television.

He had a guest appearance on ER as a doctor and worked with Woody Allen in Manhattan Murder Mystery. Alda also starred in The West Wing, 30 Rock, Blacklist and Horace and Pete. Alda went on to be nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, winning six. He also won a Golden Globe Award.

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