‘M*A*S*H’: Sgt. Sal Pernelli Actor Val Bisoglio Dies at 95

by Samantha Whidden

Val Bisoglio, an actor who is known for various television roles including Sergeant Salvatore (Sal) Pernelli on the hit series M*A*S*H, has passed away at age of 95. 

Variety reported that the M*A*S*H castmate has been credited in film, television, and theater for more than 50 years. Bisoglio’s wife confirmed that the late actor passed away on October 18th in his mountain home near Los Olivos, California. 

Bisoglio’s IMDb states that along with M*A*S*H, he also took on TV roles in Quincy M.E., Cover Up, Joe Bash, Miami Vice, and Life Goes On. His last role was Murf on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. He was also in films like Saturday Night Fever, The Frisco Kid, and The Brotherhood. 

Variety also states that the M*A*S*H cast member survived by his wife of 25 years as well as his sons Joseph Valentino Bisoglio and Sargent Scott Chapman. 

Alan Alda Opens Up About Uniting With ‘M*A*S*H’ Co-Stars

During his February 2019 interview with Fox News, M*A*S*H star Alan Alda discussed reuniting with his co-stars.

“The reason why I wanted to reign them together was not just for the reunion. We have reunions all the time. We get together for dinner at least once a year. What I realized wa that the experience with them on M*A*S*H taught me something that really led in part of the [Clear + Vivid] podcast in itself.”

Alda also told the media outlet that he and his M*A*S*H castmates have always been determined to better understand one another. “We figured out how to rely on one another off-camera by sitting in a circle of chairs. And just kidding with one another and laughing together.”

Alda then explained that the M*A*S*H castmates have this connection when the cameras turn on. “And it turned our performance into something much more alive than would have been otherwise.”

Alda stated that the bond between the M*A*S*H was actually the essence of the hit series. “Once we talked to each other, we quickly got past that experience of sitting in chairs and sharing stories.”

In regards to M*A*S*H final “goodbye,” Alda added he wanted to end the series in a way that showed that everybody was going home with some kind of would from the show.

“That the war didn’t leave anybody the way they were when they started. Sometimes it was physical wounds and sometimes it was emotional.”

M*A*S*H is a war comedy-drama TV that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983 The series follows a team of doctor and support staff who are stationed at the 4077th Mobile Amy Surgical Hospital in UijeongbuSouth Korea. The show takes place in the Korean War. It had 11 seasons and 256 episodes. The show ended on February 28, 1983. 

Starring in M*A*S*H alongside Alda and Bisoglio are Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, and Gary Burghoff