Known for: Larry Linville, a veteran television actor who grew up in Sacramento, played Maj. Frank Burns on "M*A*S*H," one of the longest-running shows in television history (1972-83).
Background: Born in Ojai, Linville moved to Sacramento and graduated from El Camino High School. He studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado before attending London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He appeared in dozens of television shows, including "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Mannix" before landing the "M*A*S*H" role. He appeared in 115 episodes of the hit show before leaving in 1977. He continued to appear on TV shows, including "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island," through the late '90s. In 1998, he underwent surgery to remove part of his lung after doctors found a malignant tumor under his sternum.
A highlight: He was one of three Americans out of 300 applicants to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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