Jeff Maxwell

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Jeff Maxwell
Born (1947-12-07) December 7, 1947 (age 69)
Occupation Television actor

Jeff Maxwell (born December 7, 1947) is an American actor who played Pvt. Igor Straminsky, a recurring character in the television series M*A*S*H. He appeared in 83 episodes of the classic CBS comedy from 1973 to 1983, including the series finale Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, which aired February 28, 1983 and became the most-watched scripted broadcast in American history (a title it still holds) with over 121.6 million viewers and 50.1 million households tuning in.[1][2]

Maxwell's film debut was in the acclaimed 1974 Mel Brooks comedy film Young Frankenstein. He played one of the title character's medical students.

He was also featured in the 1977 sketch comedy film Kentucky Fried Movie in a solo scene titled "Feel-A-Round." The box-office success was directed by John Landis and written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who subsequently wrote the classic film comedy, Airplane!.[3][4]

His TV roles include guest appearances on hit television series such as ABC's Eight is Enough, CBS's The Waltons and House Calls and NBC's CHiPs.[5]

In 1997, his cookbook, inspired by years of playing a mess hall cook on M*A*S*H, titled Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess: The Lost Recipes of Private Igor, was published and he made an appearance on NBC's Today Show to promote it. [6]

Maxwell is a regular participant on the alt.tv.mash newsgroup where, along with series writer Larry Gelbart (up until Gelbart's death in 2009), answers fan questions about the behind-the-scenes workings of M*A*S*H.

Before he began his acting career on M*A*S*H, Maxwell was one-half of a comedy team called "Garrett & Maxwell." They performed at clubs throughout the United States for seven years before parting ways.[7]

Maxwell (according to journalist Peter Palmiere) has been working on a video documentary about female judges and referees in the sport of boxing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database". IMDB. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Me TV". Me TV. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database". IMDB. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Today Show". today.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Orkut". orkut.google.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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