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Loretta Swit Pays a Touching Birthday Tribute to Her Late ‘M*A*S*H’ Co-Star McLean Stevenson

Ra'eesah Manack
Nov 21, 2019
07:00 A.M.
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McLean Stevenson might have passed away in February 1996, but his co-star Loretta Swit still remembers him fondly. She took to social media to reminisce and celebrate his birthday.


Edgar McLean Stevenson Jr. was born on November 14, 1927. The actor passed away on February 15, 1996.

He is best known for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake in the television series "M*A*S*H." he role earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1974. 

American actor, director and writer Alan Alda in the driving seat of a jeep, surrounded by Loretta Swit and other cast members of the hit television show M.A.S.H, in costume as members of a US Army medical corp. | Getty Images


His "M.A.S.H" co-star Loretta Swit took to social media site Instagram to post a birthday tribute to him. She wrote:

"Happy #MashbackFriday night! Happy Birthday in heaven Mac. Yesterday would’ve been your 92nd birthday. Miss you so much my friend." 


She coupled the sweet caption with a throwback picture of the cast on the set of "M.A.S.H." The post garnered over one thousand three hundred likes.

The post was also flooded with sweet comments from fans. Many took the time to reminisce about the show and the memories they had about the late actor.

Fan comments on Loretta's post | Instagram: @lorettaswit


One fan took to the comments section to write:

"Happy Birthday in Heaven Mclean. [heart emoji] We get to see your Comic Genius Every day in reruns. RIP."

Loretta Swit, the actress who plays 'Hot Lips' in BBC 2's 'MASH' series, seen on holiday in England | Getty Images


It's not the first time Loretta has posted a throwback picture or reminisced about a lost cast member. Earlier this year, she took to social media to remember Peter Fonda, who passed away in September 2019.

In her post, she honored the memories of Fonda and to commemorate his loss. They acted together in the 1975 movie, "Race With the Devil."

Allan Arbus, Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Burt Metcalfe, Alan Alda, Kellye Nakahara Wallet, and Wayne Rogers accept the impact award for "M*A*S*H" onstage at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre | Getty Images


In her social media update, Swit wrote:

"Remembering my friend Peter Fonda...Peter put the D in Devoted when it came to friendship. He was always deeply committed to his friends. Working on “Race With The Devil” was challenging; It was not an easy shoot...always on the move in that motor home in that Texas heat...Peter brought humor, patience, and professionalism to the set every day. I adored him."