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 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

Kellye Nakahara, actress in 'M*A*S*H,' dies at 72

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Looking her up on the internets I found memes where her character gave Hawkeye a reality check. Great show and character. RIP.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Nakahara, along with her Mash co-actors, Jamie Farr and Larry Linville, all appeared (separately) on Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Always liked her character, and since I watch Mash every Monday night, I see her fairly often. smile

The episode in which her Nurse Kellye/Kelly character gives Hawkeye grief over his never hitting on her is an odd one, especially since she is imo much more interesting than the post-Henry Blake-nurses who populated the series (Nurse Bigelow was especially irritating).

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Working in an AL facility I see the show a lot in passing as I work. A lot of residents will have TV Land or Me TV tuned in. The series really holds up well, and still very entertaining.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Working in an AL facility I see the show a lot in passing as I work. A lot of residents will have TV Land or Me TV tuned in. The series really holds up well, and still very entertaining.

MASH is (mostly) excellent. There are a handful of episodes that are infuriating, and those lapses are regrettable, but considering the series ran for 11 years, it fares pretty well.

It does bug me that none of the characters smoke cigarettes like the tobacco fiends they should be, being in 1950-53. wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I associate the M.A.S.H. theme tune with it being my bedtime. I wanted to stay up and watch it but wasn't allowed to.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

MASH is (mostly) excellent. There are a handful of episodes that are infuriating, and those lapses are regrettable, but considering the series ran for 11 years, it fares pretty well.

It does bug me that none of the characters smoke cigarettes like the tobacco fiends they should be, being in 1950-53. wink


Potter puffed a cigar a few times (one time in front of children!) but of course we have to pretend that "good people" didn't do "bad things" (even when it's historically accurate).

Hawkeye's and BJ's longish hair wasn't really period either.

And the fatigues worn by the characters were not Korean War era.

Ok, I'll stop. wink

In any case, Nakahara was an appealing non-regular performer, and though her character was never one of the "stars", I appreciated how, over time, she was brought more into the foreground (eventually being the focus of one episode).

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Hawkeye's and BJ's longish hair wasn't really period either.

And the fatigues worn by the characters were not Korean War era.

Ok, I'll stop. wink

In any case, Nakahara was an appealing non-regular performer, and though her character was never one of the "stars", I appreciated how, over time, she was brought more into the foreground (eventually being the focus of one episode).


They also had a cool radio that could play tunes from the future!

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Let's also not forget Margaret's "Farrah Fawcett" hairdo. There was also the time she ran out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel--and pantyhose.

Potter puffed a cigar a few times (one time in front of children!) but of course we have to pretend that "good people" didn't do "bad things" (even when it's historically accurate).

Yes, but these guys should have been constantly smoking and hustling cigarettes. Klinger was supposed to be such a black market scrounger, but I don't recall him ever shifting cigaretets.

Oh well, at least they drank to excess, not counting the episode when Hawkeye and company decided to cut down on their drinking, and which they completely forgot about by the next episode.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kellye Nakahara's first feature film appearance came in the 1985 mystery comedy CLUE. Based on the popular board game of the same name, CLUE found six guests anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner. But after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Kellye Nakahara played the chef in the film. In the opening scene when "Wadsworth" (Tim Curry) checks on "Mrs. Ho" (Nakahara), the live-televised Army-McCarthy hearings are on the kitchen's television. One phrase spoken by Senator Joseph McCarthy that can be heard clearly as Wadsworth departs, is "professors and teachers, who are getting their orders from Moscow." This Senate hearing is also the same one in which the famous quote of "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" is spoken by Head Counsel for the Army Joseph N. Welch. With the coverage of the hearings taking place on live television, the events of this movie take place on Wednesday, June 9, 1954.

Tim Curry and Kellye Nakahara in CLUE



Jonathan Lynn wrote the film and made his directorial debut with CLUE. John Morris' score was released by La-La Land in 2011.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:39 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In a characterization she could probably play in her sleep after appearing in 167 episodes of "M*A*S*H," Nakahara played a hospital nurse in the 1988 John Hughes comedy-drama SHE'S HAVING A BABY. None of Stewart Copeland's score appeared on the song-track CD released by I.R.S. Hughes Music - MCA.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the 1991 thriller SHATTERED, after a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, "Dan Merrick" (Tom Berenger) slowly begins to unravel his shocking past. Kellye Nakahara played "Lydia" in the film. Wolfgang Petersen directed the picture. Alan Silvestri's score was released by Milan.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"She began as a background performer and worked her way up to playing the lead in an episode I wrote for her." "She was adorable and brilliant in the part. But, you couldn't beat what she was as a person, funnier and warmer and kinder than most people I've known. We all loved her on M*A*S*H, and we're all heartbroken to know she's gone. Kelley was a treasure."

~Alan Alda

"She radiated sparkle and goodness and joy. The light that her presence brought will be deeply and forever missed."

~Loretta Swit

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I am curious what kind of pay her very minor but reoccurring character on the show (like Igor and Sgt. Zale and Goldman) could make. Enough that that could be your only job? If so, sounds like a sweet (and fun) gig for a show like MASH.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I am curious what kind of pay her very minor but reoccurring character on the show (like Igor and Sgt. Zale and Goldman) could make. Enough that that could be your only job? If so, sounds like a sweet (and fun) gig for a show like MASH.


Here's what the pay-scales were 5 years ago (2015): If an actor receives a “Guest Star,” “Special Guest Star,” “Starring” or “Special Appearance By” screen credit, they have to be paid as top of show “Major Role” performers – eight days of pay, plus 10% (for their agent's cut). But if they receive no such credit, they can be hired as Day Performers, or as Three-Day Performers.

“Major Role” performers on new half-hour shows make a minimum of $4,983 a week, while Major Role performers on new one-hour shows make a minimum of $7,973 a week, though for cable series, those numbers can be lower, with cable dramas sometimes paying in the $5,500 range per episode. By contrast, actors who don’t receive “Guest Star” billing can be hired for as little as $906 a day, which slides down to the $800 range for some shows, or as Three-Day Performers for as little as $2,294, or as Weekly Performers for only $3,145 or even less.

What the pay was back in the 1970s is anyone's guess. But consider that Alan Alda made around $10,000 per episode for his portrayal of "Hawkeye" at the start of the series. By the end of the series, this increased substantially to an approximate $235,000.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I found this list of the 2018 Screen Actors Guild rates:

SAG Television Rates (episodic)

Major Role ½ Hour Program $5,258.00 / Week
Major Role 1 Hour Program $8,413.00 / Week
Multiple Program: ½ OR 1 Hour Shows $2,460.00 / Week
Multiple Program: 1 ½ Hour Shows $2,892.00 / Week
Multiple Program: 2 Hour Shows $3,408.00 / Week

I'm guessing that "Multiple Program" refers to actors that aren't contractually tied with a single show, and thus are able to work on multiple programs (if they can get the work).

So, today, Nakahara would probably be considered as having a Major Role on a ½ Hour Program and would start at $5,258 a week. These are minimum rates. They would probably also increase as your years went on in a show. The show's stars earn much more. Consider that Alan Alda started at $10,000 per week 50 years ago.

 
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