He was an American actor, comedian, and TV host popularly known for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake in the American war comedy-drama series, M*A*S*H. Born into a family with a long history of success in politics, McLean Stevenson decided to walk a different part, choosing to become an entertainer. Despite several uncertainties and initial shortcomings, he pressed on to become a very popular actor who featured in several movies and TV Shows, receiving several awards for his astounding works along the way.
McLean Stevenson Bio
Edgar McLean Stevenson Jr. was born on the 14th of November 1947 in Normal, Illinois. While much isn’t known about his early childhood education, reports have it that he had his secondary school education at the college preparatory school, Lake Forest Academy.
On completion of his high school education, he joined the United States Navy to serve the nation for a brief period of time in line with family traditions. After his brief stint at the Navy, he opted to attend Northwestern University where he eventually bagged a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. During his college days, he was a renowned member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity, which made him really popular among his peers in school. His popularity earned him the job of assistant director of athletics at the university on completion of his studies.
From 1950 to 1959, McLean Stevenson held a series of jobs, ranging from that of a radio host in Dallas to serving as a medical supplier, an insurance clerk, a seaman, and as a press secretary to the presidential campaign of his cousin, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II.
In 1961, he decided to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy after his cousin suggested he take up a career in show business. The following year, he had his theatre debut in The Music Man before he moved to New York City where he made several appearances on stage in theatres as well as on television commercials. Within a short period of time, he transitioned into a full-blown comedy writer. This saw him write several skits for That Was The Week That Was and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Half a decade later (in 1966), he decided to delve into acting and went on to guest star in the ABC sitcom, That Girl, which led to him being selected by ABC to play the role of Michael Nick Nicholson in the 1969 sitcom, The Doris Day Show. His big break finally came in 1972 when he got cast to play the role of Lt. Col. Henry Blake in M*A*S*H – Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. The role earned him an Emmy nomination in 1973 and a Golden Globe award in 1974. The following year (1975), he asked for his contract to be canceled so he can focus on higher paying roles. Subsequently, McLean Stevenson pulled off a good number of roles in works like The McLean Stevenson Show, Hello Larry, The Golden Girls, and Dirty Dancing to name a few.
His Net Worth
Not much is known about the wealth of the award-winning actor and comedy writer. However, his net worth was estimated to be at about $6 million, the bulk of which he earned through several years of hard work and commitment as an actor, comedy writer, and TV host.
McLean Stevenson’s Daughter and Wife
Like most Hollywood celebrities, McLean Stevenson had a hard time at marriage. In the summer of 1957, he got married to his girlfriend Polly Ann Gordon, whom he met while studying at Northwestern University. The marriage only lasted for a while as they got divorced in 1960.
After his divorce from Polly, it took several years before he found love again, and when he did in 1969, he wasted no time in tying the knot with his heartthrob, Louise Herbert. Unfortunately, they soon fell out of love and got divorced in 1971.
His third and final marriage was to Ginny Fosdick. They got married on the 8th of December 1980 and remained faithful to their wedding vows of always and forever.
His three children include a son, Jeff MacGregor. Like his father, Jeff is an actor; he was born on the 5th of November and in the year 1957. Jeff has two sisters – Jennifer Stevenson and Lindsey Stevenson. Lindsey is the most famous of McLean Stevenson’s daughter. She appeared in 1982’s 1st episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Is He Dead or Still Alive?
McLean Stevenson is very much dead, gone and buried. On February 15, 1996, he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. The following day, forensic pathology reports revealed that he died of a heart attack after suffering complications from a bladder cancer surgery. The entertainer was laid to rest in Los Angeles at the Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery.