Alan Alda and Mike Farrell team up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CBS series M*A*S*H on Twitter
Alan Alda and Mike Farrell have teamed up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the black war comedy M*A*S*H which premiered on CBS on September 17, 1972.
The 86-year-old actor who played Captain Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce on the critically acclaimed show shared a photo on Twitter on Saturday showing him with Farrell, 83, who played Captain BJ Hunnicutt.
“Mike Farrell and I today toast the 50th anniversary of the show that changed our lives – and our brilliant friends who made it what it was. MASH has been a great gift to us,” wrote Alda in legend of its some 324,000 subscribers.
Fiftieth anniversary: Alan Alda and Mike Farrell teamed up on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the black war comedy M*A*S*H which premiered on CBS on September 17, 1972
Alda and Farrell in the photo beamed as they stood next to each other, holding stemware filled with red wine.
The ensemble cast originally included Alda and the late Wayne Rogers, who died in 2015 aged 82, as surgeons Hawkeye and ‘Trapper’ John McIntyre at the ‘4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital’ in Uijeongbu , South Korea, during the Korean War.
Rogers was cast after the third season starring the late McLean Stevenson, who died in 1996 at the age of 68, who played Lt. Col. Henry Blake.
Farrell replaced Rogers with Hunnicutt becoming roommate and straight man to Hawkeye’s antics.
TV stars: The 86-year-old actor who played Captain Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce on the critically acclaimed show shared a photo on Twitter on Saturday showing him with Farrell, 83, who played Captain BJ Hunnicutt , shown in a 1975 photo
Fan favorites: Farrell, which aired in November 2019, and Alda, which aired in January 2020, played roommates and surgeons during the Korean War on the CBS series
M*A*S*H was adapted from the 1970 feature film of the same name and aired 11 seasons on CBS from September 1972 to February 28, 1983.
The series is one of the highest-rated shows in American television history and its final episode was the most-watched television show in American history from 1983 to 2010.
The finale titled “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” remains the most-watched finale of a television series and the most-watched episode of a scripted series.
Original set: Alda is shown with fellow original set cast members Larry Linville as Major Frank Burns and Wayne Rogers as Captain ‘Trapper’ John McIntyre in a 1972 photo
The show was honored in 1975 with a Peabody Award.
Alda in 2018 revealed he had Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to portraying Hawkeye, Alda also played a senator who ran for president of The West Wing and he also hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS.
Hugely popular: Show stars Alda, Rogers and Lorett Swit, 84, as Major Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan, are shown in a 1972 photo