‘M*A*S*H’: Who Did Laurence Fishburne Portray on Show?

by Joe Rutland

Classic TV fans know they watch shows like “M*A*S*H” and see stars before they hit it big. One they might have seen is Laurence Fishburne.

Fishburne played Corporal Dorsey in a Season 10 episode titled “The Tooth Shall Set You Free.”

According to IMDb, the episode was about Charles Emerson Winchester, played by David Ogden Stiers, avoiding a toothache treatment. As all that’s going on, other surgeons find out a racist commander is sending African-American soldiers disproportionally into dangerous duty.

Among the “M*A*S*H” cast members in this episode are Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, and Harry Morgan.

What has Fishburne done since 1982, when the show aired? Has anyone heard of “The Matrix”? Sure you have. He played Morpheus who gives us all a choice: the red pill or the blue pill.

Also, he played Ike Turner in the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Saturday morning TV fans probably remember him playing Cowboy Curtis on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

‘M*A*S*H’ Broke New Ground By Having A Shaman, A Real One, On An Episode

Anyone how has watched “M*A*S*H” over the years knows that the TV show would challenge the boundaries.

It might have been in a script or a scene. But they did it.

In one episode, they even had a real-life shaman appear.

She shows up in the 1976 episode “Exorcism” according to MeTV. Just a few years earlier, Linda Blair starred in the movie “The Exorcist.”

What happens? A shaman dressed in royal, colorful robes has a feathered hat that jingles on her head. She starts passing out prayers, rings bells, and shows off those bright colors.

It’s possible that “M*A*S*H” producers found her in Southern California.

Shamen, Others Are Called Upon To Eradicate Evil Spirits From People

Also, it’s quite common for the shaman to have rituals based on their cultures.

Anyway to drive out demons will do, right? It depends on tradition and culture.

Some people will believe men wearing dark clothes and a white clerical collar can get the job done. Oh yeah, they bring along a cross featuring a crucified Jesus Christ on it.

Other cultures have shamen who wear bright colors, smoke a pipe, and become wise bearers of wisdom.

Another member of the “M*A*S*H” cast was Loretta Swit, who played Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan.

Swit told Fox News in an interview that she worried about the show’s future when a cast member left.

She said as actors they kept growing and changing, but producers never replaced a character.

“They brought in a new one instead, so it was like a shot of adrenaline,” Swit said. “Whenever someone left, I thought, ‘That’s it, we’re done.’ But that wasn’t the case.”