Basil Hoffman (1938–2021)

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Actor Basil Hoffman, who guest starred in two episodes of M*A*S*H as two different characters, died earlier this month (September 17) at the age of 83. Hoffman first appeared in the Season 3 episode “Adam’s Ribs” playing Major Pfiefer. That was in 1974. Almost five years later, in 1979, he played Major Bartruff in “C*A*V*E” during Season 7.

Still from the M*A*S*H episode Adam's Ribs showing Basil Hoffman
Basil Hoffman as Major Pfiefer in “Adam’s Ribs” (Season 3)
Still from the M*A*S*H episode C*A*V*E showing Basil Hoffman
Basil Hoffman as Major Bartruff in “C*A*V*E” (Season 7)

Hoffman’s acting career started in the the 1960s but really took off in the mid-1970s. He made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including The Waltons, Marcus Welby, M.D., Kojak, CHiPs, Night Court, and Matlock. He also had roles in a variety of movies including All the President’s Men, Ordinary People, and The Artist.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Hoffman has a number of projects still to be released.

Obituaries can be found at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

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