Richard Lee Sung (1930-2021)


Actor Richard Lee Sung, who made a number of guest appearances on M*A*S*H, died this past August at the age of 81. Sung died on August 16th but it wasn’t until last month that the news was revealed on the Facebook page for the MASH Matters Podcast. Included is a statement from Richard’s son Russell, which announced his death on November 26th on Facebook with a statement from Richard’s son Russell.

Still featuring Richard Lee Sung in Officer of the Day
Richard Lee Sung as 2nd Korean in “Officer of the Day” (Season 3)

Sung is credited in eight episodes, starting with the Season 3 episode “Officer of the Day” in 1974 and ending with the Season 10 episode “That Darn Kid” in 1982. Here’s the full list:

  • “Officer of the Day” – 2nd Korean
  • “Dear Mildred” – Cho
  • “Bug Out” – Cho Man Chin
  • “The Smell of Music” – Sang Nu
  • “A Night at Rosie’s” – Ham Kim
  • “Good-Bye Radar (Part 1)” – Driver
  • “Snap Judgement (Part 1)” – Peddler #2
  • “That Darn Kid” – The Farmer

His Internet Movie Database page lists three additional uncredited appearances: “Some 38th Parallels,” “Change Day,” and “The M*A*S*H Olympics.”

In addition to M*A*S*H, Sung made guest appearances on TV shows like Kung Fu, Haoppy Days, The Incredible Hulk, Fantasy Island, Manimal, and Airwolf. He is a member of the small club of actors who appeared in M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, and Trapper John, M.D..

His last credited acting role is a 2005 movie called Forbidden Warrior.

Obituaries can be found at MeTV and Outsider.

(Thanks to Dan and Seoul City Sue.)

2 Replies to “Richard Lee Sung (1930-2021)”

  1. RIP Mr Sung. He brought a great deal to his appearances on M*A*S*H. One of the better recurring minor players in my opinion.

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