With 256 episodes produced between 1970 and 1983, M*A*S*H is one of the highest rated shows in US television history. By using humor, hilarious antics, and cleverly written scripts, the show helped the American public face the horrors of the Korean War in a light-hearted way. The show is widely beloved and has left a long-lasting impact on American culture, but there’s sure to be some secrets even the biggest fans never knew!
Most of the ?Korean? actors weren’t actually Korean
It wasn’t too easy to find Korean actors in Hollywood during the 1970s, so the producers had to hire a wide range of Asian ethnicities to play the parts instead. Klinger’s girlfriend/wife Soon Li was played by a Chinese actress, and the South Korean Army captain Sam Pak was played by the Japanese actor Pat Morita. In fact, the only truly Korean actor on the show was Soon Tek Oh, who played a number of different roles throughout the years!