Who is American actor Larry Linville? His age, profession and more



Who is Larry Linville?

Larry Linville was an American actor, best known as Major Frank Burns on the hit TV series M*A*S*H. He also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies throughout his career, including The Love Boat (1976), The Rockford Files (1974), and Grandpa Goes to Washington (1978).

Linville was known for his comedic talent and ability to portray characters with a mix of arrogance and vulnerability. He died in 2000 at the age of 60.

About Info
First and last name Larry Linville
Profession American actor
Popular for Best known as the nagging Major Frank Burns on TV’s “M*A*S*H.”

Birthday and zodiac

Age 60 years old
Date of birth September 29, 1939
Died April 10, 2000, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York, United States
Constellation Scale
Birthplace Ojai, California, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity N/A


Physical statistics

Height 6 feet 1 inch
Eye color N/A
Weight N/A

Net value

Estimated net worth $4 million

Family and relationship

Father Harry Lavon Linville
Mother Fay Pauline Kennedy
Husband Kate Geer (m. 1962-1975), Vana Tribbey (m. 1977-1982), Melissa Gallant (m. 1982-1985), Susan Hagan (m. 1986-1992) & Deborah Guydon (m. 1993-2000)
Brothers or sisters N/A
Children Kelly Linville

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Larry Linville Biography Timeline

Larry Linville was an American actor best known for his role as Frank Burns on the popular television series ‘MaS*H.” He was born on September 29, 1939 in Ojai, California. Linville’s acting career spanned decades and he appeared in numerous television shows and movies. He was also a prolific stage actor, working on Broadway productions. Linville died on April 10, 2000 due to complications from pneumonia.

1958: Graduated from high school in Sacramento, California.

1962: Graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

1964: Received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.

1965: He debuted on Broadway in the play ‘The Girls Against the Boys’.

1966: He made his television debut in an episode of ‘The Edge of Night’.

1972-1977: Played the role of Major Frank Burns in the television series “MaS*H.”

1982-1983: Played the role of Dr. Dick Richard in the television series “Grandpa, Will You Run with Me?”

1991: Guest starred in an episode of ‘Murder, She Wrote’.

1995: He made his last television appearance in an episode of ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’.

2000: Died April 10 due to complications from pneumonia.

Larry Linville’s portrayal of Frank Burns on “MaS*H” made him a household name and his performance was praised for his comedic timing and depth. Linville’s acting career spanned several decades and included numerous television, film and stage appearances. His work on Broadway helped establish him as a versatile actor, and his legacy as a performer continues to inspire aspiring actors and actresses to this day.


Larry was born “Lawrence Lavon Linville” on September 29, 1939 in Ojai, California. He was the son of Harry Linville, a carpenter, and Fay Pauline (née Kennedy), a housewife.

Linville grew up in Sacramento and attended El Camino High School before attending City College of San Francisco and the University of Colorado Boulder, where he earned a degree in theater.

Larry Linville

Professional career of Larry Linville

Larry Linville had a successful career as an actor, with his breakthrough role in the TV series M*A*S*H, where he played Major Frank Burns. He appeared in the show’s first five seasons, from 1972 to 1977, and was known for his polite and comedic acting talent.

In addition to M*A*S*H, Linville appeared in numerous TV shows and movies throughout his career, including The Love Boat (1976), Lou Grant (1977), and Grandpa Goes to Washington.

He continued to work in the entertainment industry until his death in 2000, with his last film role in the 1998 film ‘The Big Lebowski’.

Personal life, relationships and children of Larry Linville

Larry Linville was married five times throughout his life. His first marriage was to Kate Geer in 1969, with whom Linville had one child, Kelly Linville, born in 1970, before they divorced.

He later married Vana Tribbey in 1971, but they divorced in 1974. Linville next married Deborah Guydon in 1977, which lasted only a year before he called it quits in 1978.

He married his fourth wife, Melissa Gallant, in 1979 and was led to divorce. His last marriage was to Deborah Guydon, who remained by his side on his deathbed.

Larry Linville: surgery, illness and death

Larry Linville kicked the bucket on April 10, 2000, at age 60, from complications from pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Linville’s death was mourned by fans of M*A*S*H and the entertainment industry, with many colleagues and friends remembering him as a talented actor and kind-hearted person. His ashes were scattered at sea off the coast of Bodega Bay, California.


  • Larry Linville graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned a degree in theater.
  • He was married four times and had a daughter named Kelly Linville.
  • In addition to acting, Larry enjoyed photography, painting and golf in his spare time.
  • Linville’s portrayal of Major Frank Burns on M*A*S*H was so convincing that some viewers thought he was a jerk in real life, but he was known for his kindness and sense of humor off screen.
  • Despite his successful acting career, Linville initially intended to become a journalist and briefly worked as a reporter in his early twenties.