10 actors who appeared in both Mayberry and M*A*S*H

Over 7,000 miles apart, you could spot some familiar faces.

They are two of the greatest sitcoms — no, TV shows — ever made. They made us laugh and they made us cry. Who could forget Gomer, Klinger, Opie, Radar, Bee, and Hot Lips? Of course, we are talking about The Andy Griffith Show and M*A*S*H

Mayberry may lie (approximately) 7,019 miles away from the 4077th, but the two shows shared some familiar faces.

Let's take a look at some actors who popped up on both series.


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1. Ron Howard

Well, "Ronny," as he was billed back then. The 18-year-old broke away from the stereotype of Opie in M*A*S*H's first season, thanks to his touching performance as an underaged Marine in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet."

2. Hope Summers

Summers is best known as Aunt Bee's longtime bestie Clara Edwards. She also turns up in a key supporting role in "The Trial of Henry Blake," a season-two M*A*S*H tale written by McLean Stevenson. Blake is charged with treason for giving supplies to a clinic in the North, run by Meg Cratty (Summers).

3. William Christopher

Before he became Father Mulcahy, Christopher was known for his recurring role as another military man, in the Mayberry universe, as Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. And before that, he twice guest-starred on The Andy Griffith Show in its color years, most notably as the title character in "A New Doctor in Town."

4. Arlene Golonka

Mayberry folks know her as Millie — and, well, Millie. She played both Millie Swanson, key love interest to Sam on Mayberry R.F.D., and Millie Swanson, Howard's squeeze in The Andy Griffith Show. In an early episode of M*A*S*H, "Edwina," both Hawkeye and Trapper vie for the cot comfort of Lieutenant Edwina Ferguson, a nurse played by Golonka.

5. George Lindsey

Goober! Yep, the feller who played Gomer's cousin became a surgeon. Lindsey played Roy DuPree, a doctor from the 8063rd MASH unit, who comes to help the 4077th in "Temporary Duty."

6. Bernard Fox

The British actor made memorable appearances in both shows, as Malcolm Merriweather and Major Ross. Though he was in just three Andy Griffith episodes and one single M*A*S*H ("Tea and Empathy") it feels like he was a recurring character. Fox just made an impression and lit up episodes.

7. Keye Luke

Luke's legendary career spanned more than half a century. He was Kato in The Green Hornet films in the 1940s, and the regular Lee Chan in the Charlie Chan movies (he also voices Charlie Chan in cartoons). Seventies TV fans know and love him as Master Po on Kung Fu. The Chinese-born actor was a Hollywood go-to for Asian roles. Perhaps his role of Charlie Lee in "Aunt Bee's Restaurant" was a nod to his Lee Chan character in Charlie Chan flicks. M*A*S*H cast him three times, in "Patent 4077," "A Night at Rosie's," and "Death Takes a Holiday."

8. Buck Young

The character actor typically found himself playing soldiers and lawmen. Young's credits list is littered with "Lt." and "Deputy" and "Cpl." and "Sergeant." He was Deputy Joe Watson in "Goober Takes a Car Apart." He later pestered the other Pyle, when he became Sergeant Whipple on Gomer Pyle. He turned up a few times on M*A*S*H, in both "Dear Dad" and "Dear Mildred."

9. Yuki Shimoda

Barney Fife was not a man to be trifled with. He took judo. His instructor was one Mr. Izamoto, portrayed by Yuki Shimoda. The California native of Japanese descent is best known for his made-for-TV internment drama Farewell to Manzanar. He thrice appeared on M*A*S*H, first in regal uniform in "The Price," seen here. His role of Key Yong Lu in "Oh, How We Danced" would be his penultimate screen performance.

10. Robert F. Simon

In "Opie's Drugstore Job," the growing boy gets a gig working at the local soda fountain. His boss is Mr. Crawford, played by Simon. The mustache might have disguised the fact he was also Gen. Maynard M. Mitchell on M*A*S*H, a character who first appeared in "The Trial of Herny Blake," alongside Hope Summers!

 
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RedSamRackham 3 months ago
* AND Jamie Farr was a gypsy on TAGS before he was Klinger on M*A*S*H. ☺
sallysmom98 7 months ago
I’ve been home recovering from surgery and so I’ve been able to catch up on my old favorites. The week before last I saw Loretta Swit on Gunsmoke (episode 509, 1970) and the next day I saw Harry Morgan on Gunsmoke (episode 527, 1970). I thought it was pretty cool.
vinman63 7 months ago
Bernard Fox made the rounds also on Hogan Heroes, Dick Van Dyke, McHales Navy, Monkees. in Bewitched, Tabitha and the Soap Opera Passion he played Dr Bombay.
cpbaker1955 8 months ago
Seems like people always leave negative comments. Thank you Me-TV, you're doing a great job, thank you. Semper Fi from an old Marine Sergeant.
LoveMETV22 cpbaker1955 7 months ago
Agree. If they don't like the shows, stories or quizzes, don't bother visiting their website. Preet simple concept.
gene 9 months ago
metv needs to get their s..t together. doing a quiz and the damn page starts going up and down. now the quiz is lost, good going metv
joekapp 10 months ago
Also note the actors on both MASH and Hogans Heroes. Willam Christopher and Bernard Fox from the above list.

I wonder if producer actor/writet/director Gene Reynolds had anything to do with giving actors work and breaking in new talent? MASH / GOMER / HOGANS / ANDY G / ??
Brian 10 months ago
Keye Luke as Kato. Who writes this slop?
LoveMETV22 Brian 10 months ago
Keye Luke was Kato in the 1940's film " The Green Hornet"
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031394/
RedSamRackham LoveMETV22 3 months ago
* Yet Bruce Lee re-invented Kato as a martial arts black-belt! ☺
ncadams27 10 months ago
I read a story about TV Westerns. Many were filmed on the same soundstages set up to look like frontier streets, with certain modifications made for specific shows. Some extras and bit players would appear in multiple shows being filmed the same day. They would put on a vest, ride into “town”, get off the horse, and walk off screen only to take off the vest, get on a different horse and ride into a different set. Sometimes they would have a line or two if dialogue, sometimes not.
Babyboomer1 10 months ago
They did that alot on Perry Mason and Andy Griffith too .
F5Twitster 10 months ago
Re the split-screen image featuring Keye Luke, that's Luke on the right, but certainly NOT him on the left. Who is that?
LoveMETV22 F5Twitster 10 months ago
According to IMDb's bio- Keye Luke appeared on one episode of The Andy Griffith Show:
"Aunt Bee's Restaurant"
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0512433/?ref_=tt_ch
One of the photos for that episodes bio matches the split screen image on the left.
If it's not him, It's anybody's guess. I think IMDb has it right.

Wufferduck F5Twitster 10 months ago
Lloyd Keno.
Ric 10 months ago
Greetings. Bruce Lee portrayed "Kato" on "The Green Hornet". The gentleman next to Keye Luke
remains unidentified.
ncadams27 Ric 10 months ago
They were referring to the Green
Hornet films of the 1940’s. You are right about the TV show.
LoveMETV22 Ric 10 months ago
Both Photos in #7 are Keye Luke.
The left photo is from TAGS episode " Aunt Bee's Restaurant". he plays Charlie Lee.
The right photo is from M*A*S*H episode " Death Takes a Holiday". he plays the orphanage director.
memayberry 10 months ago
Don't forget Jamie Farr. He was in both.
VernCaldwell memayberry 10 months ago
He was also a gypsy in Green Acres
ncadams27 VernCaldwell 10 months ago
Jamie Farr was also on Dick Van Dyke
HalCromwell memayberry 10 months ago
Best Farr (at least for me) is a episode of the "Red Skelton Show" where he and Red were stranded on a deserted island. Except for guest star Johnny Wizemeller (who had about 3 minutes of screen time for this 30 minute sketch) it was a 2 man job.
rstuv 10 months ago
This article reminds me of a time when I saw episodes of Gunsmoke and Bonanza, both guest starring an actor named Mitch Vogel. The episodes were back to back, and I think it was just a coincidence.
BrianThetubewatcher 10 months ago
“I’m gonna hate you for the rest of my life!”
“Let’s hope it’s a long and healthy hate.”
nd1irish 10 months ago
Colonel Crittendon (played by Bernard Fox):
No need to worry, I have a photographic memory. My mind is like a camera.

Cpl. Peter Newkirk:
Yeah, but how are you fixed for film?
Coldnorth nd1irish 10 months ago
Hogan’s heroes is one of my favorites. I think I could say all the lines.
Runeshaper 10 months ago
Wow! So many GREAT actors and actresses here! Bernard Fox ROCKS and I always like seeing Keye Luke in the Charlie Chan films (-:
Cherokee316 Runeshaper 10 months ago
Keye Luke was great
( Number One Son ) as was Bernard Fox who was on Bewitched several times and his last part was in The Mummy with Brandon Frazer.
CoreyC Cherokee316 10 months ago
He was also on Titanic.
Runeshaper Cherokee316 10 months ago
Love The Mummy and I remember him in that!
Runeshaper CoreyC 10 months ago
Great film!
bagandwallyfan52 10 months ago
Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards wrote a song called Mayberry
My Hometown for The Keezy
Hazelton Show
vinman63 10 months ago
Probably in the 60’s there weren’t many shows which did’t have Bernard Fox.
bagandwallyfan52 10 months ago
On Gomer Pyle USMC BOTH
Sgt Whipple (Buck Young) and
Sgt Hacker(Allan Melvin) played
Jokes on Sgt. Carter and
Whipple and Hacker got a.Big
Laugh out of their practical jokes that they played on I
Can't hear you Sgt Carter.
I believe that Sgt. Whipple
(Buck Young) was replaced by Sgt. Hacker (Allan Melvin).
vinman63 bagandwallyfan52 10 months ago
Allen Melvin was another actor who you saw all over the place but he was best know as Sam the butcher on B B.
vinman63 bagandwallyfan52 10 months ago
Frank Sutton was the GOAT on Goer Pyle.
bagandwallyfan52 vinman63 10 months ago
And Lou Ann Poovie on
Gomer Pyle USMC and
Mary Ann Summers on
Gilligan's Island were
Knockouts.
Andybandit 10 months ago
I remember these actors and actresses in these shows except Mayberry with Ken Berry in it. I think MeTv should put that show in the lineup instead of Full house.
Metv please bring back that cool TV show Mayberry RFD.
Arlene Golonka played Millie Hutchins on The Andy Griffith Show when
she dated Howard Sprague
(Jack Dodson) and on
Mayberry RFD Millie dated
Sam Jones (Ken Berry) and
Her name was from Millie
Hutchins to Millie Swanson.
Another name change like
Clara Johnson changed to
Clara Edwards and Emma
Brand(Cheerio Meredith) to
Emma Watson on TAGS.
There is a companion network to MeTV, called MeTV+. I was very pleased to discover it recently, and learned that it began in May of 2021. It does have Mayberry RFD on weekdays and on Saturdays. I know that this new network airs in Chicago and in Los Angeles. I hope you can get it where you live. It does show some of the same shows that are already on MeTV, but many different ones. I don't like a lot of the shows it airs, but there are a few that I do like to watch.
What are the TV shows that METV + carries that
Are NOT on METV?
Besides Mayberry RFD
Does METV+ carry these
TV Shows:
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Alice
Lone Ranger
The Adventures of Superman
Batman
Black Saddle (Western)
Dobie Gillis
WKRP IN CINNCINATI
Mr Ed
Moverfan bagandwallyfan80 9 months ago
Alice is on Antenna TV (leads into Barney Miller) and I think Ozzie & Harriet is, too. I know I've seen it somewhere, anyway.
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