John Orchard

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John Orchard
Orchard as Ugly John in M*A*S*H
John Michael Charles Orchard

(1928-11-15)15 November 1928
Kennington, London, England
Died3 November 1995(1995-11-03) (aged 66)
Beckenham, Kent, England, UK
Cause of deathHeart attack
Known forUgly John Black in M*A*S*H
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Spouse(s)Carol Randall
ChildrenSarah Orchard

John Orchard (15 November 1928 – 3 November 1995) was an English actor. He is probably best remembered for playing Australian anesthesiologist "Ugly John" Black in the first season of M*A*S*H.


Orchard guest starred as Sgt. Walters on Hogan's Heroes Season 1 entitled "The Prisoner's Prisoner". He also played the minor character "Billet" in a guest spot in Hogan's Heroes Season 2 entitled "Klink's Rocket". Lastly, he appeared in the Hogan's Heroes season four episode "My Favorite Prisoner" guest starring as Captain Sears.

Orchard returned to M*A*S*H years after Ugly John was dropped from the series, albeit only once, playing Muldoon, an Australian non-commissioned officer and regular at Rosie's Bar who allowed the establishment to operate provided he received free liquor when he ordered "coffee". Maj. Winchester, who was tending bar in that episode, was unaware of this little game and had the audacity to charge Muldoon for his drink, soon after which Rosie's was temporarily closed down.

Orchard also played a Kaos agent, Mr Snead (a take-off from The Avengers) on the season 3 Get Smart episode "Run Robot Run". He also was in an episode in the 2nd season of Mannix entitled "All Around the Money Tree".

Personal life[edit]

Married to Carol Randall, father to Sarah Orchard, grandfather to Kayleigh and Jason Pennington.

Born in Kennington, London, Orchard lived in California from 1963 until 1977. He died in Beckenham, Kent in 1995.

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