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'MASH' star McLean Stevenson dies

February 16, 1996
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- McLean Stevenson, best remembered for his role as a womanizing, clumsy commanding officer in the hit television series "MASH," died of a heart attack Friday, his agent said. He was 66.

Stevenson's agent Robert Malcolm declined to confirm reports that the actor had had a heart attack while undergoing bladder surgery.

Stevenson starred as Lt. Col. Henry Blake of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the first three seasons of the CBS series from 1972 to 1975. The role won him a 1973 Golden Globe award and a 1974 Emmy nomination.

M.A.S.H.

He left "MASH" -- based on the 1970 Robert Altman movie of the same name about an Army field hospital -- for his own short-lived situation comedy.

In the series, Stevenson's character dies when his plane is shot down while returning home to the United States.

The son of a cardiologist, Stevenson held varied jobs before he broke into acting at age 31, only to spend over three decades in television's tinsel town. Besides MASH, he appeared in several others shows, including "The Tim Conway Hour," "The Doris Day Show," and "Diff'rent Strokes."

He also worked on the unsuccessful presidential campaign of his cousin and Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956.

Stevenson is survived by his wife, Ginny; daughter Lindsey; son Jeffrey MacGregor; and sister, Ann Whitney.

Funeral arrangements were pending, Malcolm said.

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