Larry Linville, who played Major Frank Burns died late Monday April 10th 2000 at New Yorks Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Larry, who had part of a lung removed two years ago after a tumor was discovered, was readmitted to the hospital on Sunday suffering complications from pneumonia.
The actor's longtime manager Larry M Greenberg said "He was wonderfully refreshing and irreverent but always a very talented and professional guy. He took this cancer thing better than anybody I've ever seen."
He is survived by wife Deborah his daughter Kelly, mother Pauline and father Harry, as well as two brothers, Paul and Lanny
Larry was an
original member of M*A*S*H. As Major Burns, he became famous for his affair with
head nurse Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, played by Loretta Swit.
Born in Ojai, California on 29th September 1939 he grew up in Sacramento.
After graduating from high school, he majored in engineering at the University
of Colorado. Always interested in acting he joined a theater group called the
Nomad Players who performed at a civic theater in Boulder, Colorado.