She is not the most popular Hollywood actress, however, Kellye Nakahara has warmed her way into the heart of millions of movie lovers. The actress of Hawaiian descent is most popular for her recurring role in the CBS sitcom, M*A*S*H as Nurse Kellye. She appeared in 168 episodes of the long-running television series, from 1972 to 1983.
She has also appeared in a few other movies and television series where she played mostly minor roles. Kellye received a TV Land Impact Award for her role in M*A*S*H alongside her co-actors. The actress is married to David Wallet and has two children.
Who Is Kellye Nakahara?
Kellye Nakahara is a Hollywood actress who was born on December 10, 1950, in Oahu, Hawaii. The identity of her parents, including their names, are not known to the public. There is also no information about where she grew up or the existence of any sibling. While all these things are not known about her, it is known that she attended Kalani High School at Honolulu, however, there are no records of any tertiary institutions she might have attended.
It is known that her first love was painting and that Nakahara moved from Hawaii to San Francisco to study Arts. Also, it can be assumed that she began acting in the late 1980s. Her career in acting began when she moved over to Los Angeles and was starred in the 1985 television series Clue as Mrs. Ho, the Hill’s house cook. As Mrs. Ho, Kellye played the character of a cook who was murdered. Her character as Mrs. Ho did not earn Kellye much recognition because she only appeared in two scenes throughout the life span of the series.
Nonetheless, Kellye Nakahara is popularly known for her nurse roles in movies such as She is Having a Baby (1988). She also appeared in television series like The Night Stalker, Little House on the Prairie, At Ease, Matt Houston, Lottery!, Otherworld, Hunter, Growing Pains, Dream On, Crisis Center, and NYPD Blue.
In 1996, she appeared in the movie Black Day Blue Night directed by J.S Cardone. Nakahara played the role of Fat Mama, a minor role. The actress would, however, earn her breakthrough when she bagged a place in the cast of M*A*S*H as Lieutenant Kellye Yamato. This character grew from the background to one that became more prominent as the series rolled on. She appeared in almost all the sitcom’s episodes and was a character to reckon with.
Her Husband and Kids
Kellye Nakahara has been married since 1968 to her American sweetheart, David Wallet. There is not much known about David except that he is very supportive of his wife, especially of her artistic pursuits.
The couple has two children, a girl, Nalani, and a boy, William. Nalani is presently married to a man who is identified by the name Lee and they have twin boys – David and William. Her brother William is also married to Tasha, with whom he has Max and Grayson.
Other Facts About The Actress
1. She is an artist
Kellye Nakahara is not only the lovely wife and mother of two but also a very good actress. Asides acting, Kellye is also a visual artist. Before she decided to try out acting, she pursued a career in painting and didn’t abandon it even while acting. She currently paints and exhibits her artworks under her husband’s name, Kellye Wallet.
She launched an art studio named after her in conjunction with a business partner on June 19, 1998. The studio did a solo art show which had over 800 people in attendance. Her work comprises of paintings of neighborhoods, historical landmarks, and gardens. She has also had the honor of painting for the White House.
2. Her other endeavors
Kellye Nakahara and her husband live in Pasadena, California, where she serves as a commissioner for arts. She is involved with the East West Players’ Acquisition Committee and was also involved in a vocal group called Town Singer as its artist-in-residence.
3. What’s her net worth
The American actress has worked hard to get to where she is as at the time of this writing. Considering her various endeavors, it comes as no surprise that she is financially alright. According to recent estimation, the Clue actress is worth $10 million.