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3. LT. COL. Henry Blake on ‘M*A*S*H’

Henry Blake’s unexpected death came as a real shock on M*A*S*H because he was en route home after an emotional goodbye with his Army pals. Rather than a happy ending, word came that his plane was shot down over the ocean in Japan and fans were crestfallen. The producers were trying to make a point about the horrors of war, and they did. That, and they wanted to make a point to actors like McLean Stevenson wanting out of a hit show. They killed him off to send the message that there would be no returning to the show down the road. The term “McLeaned” is still used in Hollywood today.

McLean Stevenson as Henry Blake on MASH

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