Actors on the television show "M*A*S*H" include Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr. The show had a large ensemble cast, with several main characters leaving or joining the series over its 11 seasons.
Alan Alda played Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce, who had the nickname Hawkeye. He appeared in more episodes of the show than any other actor. In addition to his role as Hawkeye, Alda also wrote and directed many episodes of the series. He has received significant critical acclaim for his work, with several Emmy Award wins and nominations. He has also been nominated for Academy Awards and Tony Awards.
Loretta Swit played Major Margaret Houlihan, whose nickname was Hot Lips. Although she wanted to leave the show after the eighth season to pursue other projects, producers refused to release her from her contract. She stayed on until the show ended and appeared in the second-most episodes of any actor. In 1989, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honored her with a star.
Jamie Farr played Maxwell Q. Klinger, who began the series as a corporal but was later promoted to sergeant. He was a recurring character for the first three seasons, then became a regular. Farr was a member of the U.S. Army for two years, and wore his actual dog tags on "M*A*S*H."