Tim O’Connor (1927-2018)

Actor Tim O’Connor, who made two guest appearances on M*A*S*H, died last week (April 5th) at the age of 90. O’Connor is best remembered for his role on Peyton Place, the popular ABC prime time soap opera from the 1960s. He also had a regular role on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century from 1979 to 1980.

O’Connor played two different characters on M*A*S*H: Colonel Spiker in “Of Moose and Men” (1975, Season 4) and Captain Norman Traeger in “Operation Friendship” (1981, Season 9).

Still from the MASH episode Of Moose and Men showing Tim O'Connor as Colonel Spiker.

Tim O’Connor as Colonel Spiker in “Of Moose and Men” (Season 4)

Still from the MASH episode Operation Friendship showing Tim O'Connor as Captain Norman Traeger

Tim O’Connor as Captain Norman Traeger in “Operation Friendship” (Season 9)

Obituaries can be found at The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

(Thanks to Dan.)


  • Doug says:

    As mentioned, he was Dr. Huer on Buck Rodgers. He was also in the episode The Perfect Mate on Star Trek The Next Generation.

  • Doc Funnypants says:

    I thought he was very good in both his appearances. His “Mongoose and Cobra” act with Hawkeye brought real depth to a well-acted late series episode. After all, what did we expect? He wasn’t an intern.

  • BDOR says:

    “Of Moose and Men” was a pretty poor episode, and I never understood why Spiker actually sounded like he was in worse condition in Post-Op after surgery than he was when he was brought in wounded.

  • Jon says:

    I also recall seeing Mr. O’Connor on ALL IN THE FAMILY as an old friend of Edith’s that she met at a wedding w/o Archie there w/ her. She’d thought was a relative, but he turned out not to be, so when he seemed too interested in romance w/ her, she pretended to speak w/ Archie on the phone until he gave up. He most likely was no relation to Carroll O’Connor.

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