H. Richard Hornberger

H. Richard Hornberger

Posted on January 25, 2015

He wrote the book that inspired the M*A*S*H movie and tv series. H. Richard Hornberger based the character of Hawkeye on himself but her never liked Alan Alda in the tv role.

Feb. 1, 1924
H. Richard Hornberger is born.

1950s
Hornberger serves as a doctor in the 8055th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) during the Korean War.

1968
He publishes the novel, M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, under the pseudonym Richard Hooker. The book is based on his own experience as a doctor in a M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War. The character of Hawkeye Pierce is based on himself.

Jan. 25, 1970
M*A*S*H, the movie adaptation of his book is released starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, and Robert Duvall.

Sept. 17, 1972
M*A*S*H the tv show premieres, starring Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Jamie Farr, and Gary Burghoff. Hornberger reportedly is not happy with Alan Alda in the role of Hawkeye.

1972
He publishes a sequel, M*A*S*H Goes to Maine.

1977
Publishes a third M*A*S*H novel, M*A*S*H Mania.

1988
Hornberger retires from his longtime surgical practice in Waterville, Maine.

Nov. 4, 1997
He dies of leukemia at the age of 73.