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Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
6/5/2019 4:15:27 PM

Character Actors I Would Have Loved to Have Seen on M*A*S8H

Yeah, this is a thread I started up on another forum, but unfortunately, this forum's limitations would prevent me from sharing the same list and information here, so I'll have to just link to the thread I started about this:

https://www.mash4077tv.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=986

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
6/7/2019 10:00:36 AM

The problem with character actors

Is that I know them by face, not by name. And I'm much too lazy to look them up. You did good with posting a picture with each, as I didn't know any of their names (except Paul Lynde, cause of his Hollywood Squares stint).
The past year I've caught several episodes of Hogan's Heroes, Rockford Files, and Barney Miller and frequently have the same observation - "Oh yeah, I seen him/her in (fill in the blank)." My wife watches "Little House on the Prairie," and I just recently realized that the doctor, Kevin Hagen, had two appearances on MASH.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

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6/7/2019 9:31:03 PM

That's exactly why they're character actors: you recognize the faces, but not the names. Matter of fact, Werner Klemperer said he had that problem before being cast as Kommandant Klink on HOGAN'S HEROES: people would recognize his face, but they could never remember his name; HOGAN'S HEROES remedied that for him.

And yes, often times, I have to look up names to see where all I've spotted these guys and gals on various different TV shows over the years.

It even continues into more contemporary shows. For example, I was recently watching an episode of HOME IMPROVEMENT, and I saw a smug, seemingly shifty and mischevious teenager as a friend of one of the Taylor boys I recognized as Kramer's intern Darren on an episode of SEINFELD.

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