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    • Linville's parents are Harry and Pauline Linville.

    • Linville said that his character Frank on M*A*S*H was based off of "Every idiot I've ever known."

    • Linville was a VIP at the closing ceremony of the last active M*A*S*H unit in Korea.

    • Linville has five wives: (From first wife to fifth wife) Vana Tribbey, Kate Geer, Melissa Gallant, Susan Hagan, and Deborah Guydon, who he was married to till his death in 2000.

    • Linville was 6'1".

    • Though Linville was born in Ojai, California, he was raised in Sacremento.

    • Linville only has one child: Kelly Linville, born in 1970. Kelly is now a photo technician in Los Angeles.

    • Linville had part of his lung surgically removed on February 10, 1998, after the doctors found a malignant tumor just under his sternum.

    • Besides acting, Linville has actually built and flown an airplane.

    • Thought Linville's character on M*A*S*H was greatly disliked, all of the cast enjoyed having Linville around. His closest friend while working on the show was Gary Burhoff, who had played Corporal Walter O'Reiley.

    • On M*A*S*H, Linville's character, Major Frank Burns, had the nickname "ferret face." The name was made up by Linville's brother.

    • Linville went to college at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

    • Linville left M*A*S*H because he didn't want to be type-casted as a Frank-like character for the rest of his acting career. He had also felt he had accomplished everything he could do with his character.

    • Linville left M*A*S*H because he didn't want to be type-casted as a Frank-like character for the rest of his acting career. He had also felt he had accomplished everything he could do with his character.

    • In 1998, Linville was diagnosed with cancer in his lungs.

  • Quotes

    • Larry Linville: (about getting cancer) I was scared. It wasn't like drinking. You could give up the bottle. You can't give up the big C.

    • Larry Linville: (About his first 3 years on television) Then I spent three years throwing old ladies down stairs, poisoning Greg Morris and pounding Darren McGavin in Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The F.B.I., Room 222, Bonanza, Marcus Welby, and The Young Lawyers.