DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Roger Bowen (aged 63)
American actor and novelist (MASH)
Roger Bowen (May 25, 1932 – February 16, 1996) was an American comedic actor and novelist, known for his portrayal of Lt. Col. Henry Blake in the 1970 film MASH. He often portrayed stuffy defenders of the upper class and had regular roles on a number of television series. Bowen considered himself a writer who only moonlighted as an actor. He wrote eleven novels (including Just Like a Movie) as well as sketches for Broadway and television. He was also one of the co-founders of Chicago’s comedy and acting troupe The Second City.
DEATH: Bowen died of a heart attack at the age of 63 while on vacation in Marathon, Florida. His death came one day after that of McLean Stevenson, who played Colonel Blake for the first three seasons of the M*A*S*H television series. Stevenson also died from a heart attack. Because of this odd coincidence, Bowen’s family did not make the news of his death public until a week afterward, so that his obituary would not be mistaken for a garbled version of Stevenson’s.