One of our favorite TV shows of all time, this classic ran for more years than the Korean War did. On air from 1972-1983, the grim realities of war balanced against the wit, humor, and cooperation of the team made for some spectacular viewing. But, there are a few facts you probably didn’t know about this fantastic show and the actors who starred on it. Read on to find out 12 surprising facts about M*A*S*H.
12) A True Soldier
Alan Alda served in the Korean War during a six month tour in the Army Reserve and was in charge of the mess tent.
11) The Talented Actress
Loretta Swit’s true love is being on stage and she is also a visual artist. Prints of her paintings have been sold to raise funds for charity.
10) Does the Famous Set Look Familiar?
The set of M*A*S*H was also the set for the films Daddy Long Legs (1919) starring Mary Pickford, as well as Lost Horizon (1937) and Planet of the Apes (1968), with a brief shot of The Sever Year Itch (1955) taking place in this location as well. Some of our all-time favorite films were shot here!
9) Ready for My Close-up!
Not just an actor, Alan Alda wrote and directed some of the M*A*S*H episodes. Because of his many roles on the show, Alda earned over 20 Emmy nominations and several wins.