Larry Linville, 60, best known for his portrayal of the...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 12, 2000

Larry Linville, 60, best known for his portrayal of the neurotic Maj. Frank Burns on the CBS television show "M*A*S*H," died Monday in New York of complications of pneumonia. He suffered from cancer and had a lung removed in 1998 after a tumor was discovered.

Mr. Linville was part of a breakout cast that made "M*A*S*H" one of the longest-running shows on television. He starred with Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, Wayne Rogers and Loretta Swit.

The show, through both comedy and stark political commentary, detailed life at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, where Mr. Linville's whiny, power-hungry Burns was smitten with nurse Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, played by Ms. Swit.

Mr. Linville left after the fifth season and went on to guest star in numerous TV series.

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