McLean Stevenson

  • Birth Name: Edgar McLean Stevenson Jr.
  • Birth Place: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
  • Died: February 15, 1996
  • Profession: Actor, Writer
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  • Served in the Navy after high school and was assistant athletic director at his alma mater, Northwestern University.
  • Was press secretary for cousin Adlai Stevenson's Presidential bids in 1952 and '56.
  • Decided to pursuing acting after attending one of his cousin's parties in New York where he met numerous theater people.
  • Acting debut was in the title role of The Music Man in summer stock.
  • Established himself as a comedy writer on That Was the Week That Was and occasionally appeared in sketches with Alan Alda.
  • Wrote for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour before landing a lead role on The Doris Day Show in 1969 as her boss.
  • Big break came when cast as Lt. Col. Henry Blake on M*A*S*H.
  • Guest hosted The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson 58 times.
  • Headlined several series, including In the Beginning, The McLean Stevenson Show and Hello, Larry, but all were short lived. 
  • In 1985, co-founded and served as national spokesman for the Children's Burn Foundation, having been burned as a child by a Halloween pumpkin.


  • 1974, Emmy — Best Writing in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Supporting Actor in Comedy: Nominee


  • Jeffrey MacGregor — Son
  • Lindsey Stevenson — Daughter
  • Adlai Stevenson III — Cousin
  • Lottie Stevenson — Mother
  • Edgar McLean Stevenson — Father
  • Ann Whitney — Sister
  • Ginny Fosdick — Wife
  • Carrie Williamson — Ex-wife


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (1952); attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York, New York, United States
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