Kellye Nakahara

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Kellye Nakahara
Born(1947-01-16)January 16, 1947 or
(1948-01-16)January 16, 1948
DiedFebruary 16, 2020(2020-02-16) (aged 72–73)
Other namesKellye Wallett
OccupationActress, watercolor artist
David Wallett (m. 1968)

Kellye Nakahara (January 16, 1947[1] or 1948[2] – February 16, 2020) was an American actress, best known for playing Nurse Kealani Kellye in 167 episodes of the television comedy M*A*S*H.

Life and career[edit]

Nakahara was born in Honolulu.[1] Before becoming an actress, Nakahara moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in art.[3] In 1967, she married David Wallett and moved to Los Angeles where she began a career as an actress.[4] Halfway through the first season of M*A*S*H, she landed the part of Nurse Kellye in which she appeared in more than 150 episodes of the long-running series.[5] Following the series finale of M*A*S*H, Nakahara appeared in television commercials as a spokesperson for IBM. Additionally, she appeared in several other television shows, had a small part in the films Clue (1985) as Mrs. Ho, the domestic cook, and in 1995's Black Day Blue Night. She also played a labor and delivery nurse in the 1988 John Hughes film She's Having a Baby.[6]

Outside of her acting career, Nakahara worked as a watercolor artist who painted and exhibited under her married name, Kellye Wallett.[7]

Nakahara died from cancer at her home in Pasadena, California on February 16, 2020.[1][2] She is survived by her partner, two children and four grandchildren.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Clue The Cook
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Theatre Customer #4 Segment "Peter Pan Theatre" [TV cut & DVD only]
1988 She's Having a Baby Hospital Nurse
1991 Shattered Lydia
1994 3 Ninjas Kick Back Nurse Hino
1995 Black Day Blue Night Fat Mama
1998 Dr. Dolittle Beagle Woman
Year Title Role Notes
1973–83 M*A*S*H Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato Recurring role (167 episodes)
1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Woman at Lecture Episode: "The Trevi Collection"
1982 Little House on the Prairie Japanese Woman Episode: "Alden's Dilemma"
1983 At Ease Becky Yamato Episodes: "A Tankful of Dollars", "A PFC and a Gentleman"
1983 Matt Houston Charlene Episode: "Butterfly"
1984 Lottery! Episode: "Honolulu: 3-2=1"
1985 Otherworld G.P. Desk Sergeant Episode: "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar"
1985 Hunter Mrs. Kim Episode: "The Beach Boy"
1991 Growing Pains Reporter Episode: "Paper Tigers"
1991 Memories of M*A*S*H Herself TV special
1995 Dream On Mrs. Kim Episode: "Flight of the Pedalbee"
1997 Crisis Center Florence Episode: "It's a Family Affair"
1997 NYPD Blue Cleaning Lady Episode: "Emission Impossible"
1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Pele Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Luau"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Yak (voice) Episode: "Happy Campers"


  1. ^ a b c Carmel, Julia (February 19, 2020). "Kellye Nakahara, a Memorable Nurse on 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Kellye Nakahara Wallett, Actress on 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 72". Associated Press. The Hollywood Reporter. February 17, 2020. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (February 17, 2020). "'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With Cancer". TheWrap. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Nakahara Wallet, nurse Kellye of ‘M*A*S*H,’ dies at 72, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
  5. ^ R.I.P. Kellye Nakahara, who played Nurse Kellye on 10 seasons of M*A*S*H, MeTV staff, February 17, 2020
  6. ^ Henderson, Cydney (February 17, 2020). "'M*A*S*H' star Kellye Nakahara dies at 72". USA Today. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Kellye Wallett Studio". Facebook. February 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Kellye Nakahara Wallett, Actress on 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 72, the Associated Press, 17 February 2020

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