Igor Straminsky
Jeff Maxwell as "Igor" on the CBS TV series M*A*S*H.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Private (E-3), Promoted to Corporal (E-4) in series
Job/Role in Unit: Mess cook the 4077th M*A*S*H unit
Home: ????
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: Not Mentioned
Birthplace: ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse(s): unnamed wife

unnamed girlfriend

Relatives/Children: Not Mentioned
First appeared in: "5 O'Clock Charlie" (Season 2)
Last appeared in: "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" (Season 11)
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H
Played by: Jeff Maxwell / Peter Riegert (2 episodes)

Private Igor Straminsky was generally portrayed by actor Jeff Maxwell, although Peter Riegert assumed the role temporarily in two sixth-season episodes. He debuted in the second season and appeared on and off up until the series finale. He has appeared in more episodes than any recurring character except for Nurse Kellye.

Igor's role was often to serve food out in the mess and therefore also to serve as the foil for a lot of the complaints about the state of the food.

In "Promotion Commotion", Igor relentlessly tries to impress Hawkeye and B.J., so he can be promoted to Corporal. He once mentioned to Father Mulcahy that he sets aside three dollars from each salary payment for the local orphanage.

In "The Price of Tomato Juice", Igor identifies himself as "Maxwell," (a goof on the part of actor Jeff Maxwell) and Major Frank Burns also refers to him as "Maxwell" in the following line of dialogue

Generally he played the comic relief as a not so smart idiot who is even more stupid than Frank Burns - in one episode he is cursed by the entire camp when he creams local grown corn instead of serving it on the cob ("A War for All Seasons"). Later on in "No Sweat" he turns a big fan on while Major Winchester is trying to sort out his family's income tax papers-and scatters them all around!


  • Iron Guts Kelly (TV series episode) Frank Burns stupidly orders Igor to take his Korean prostitutes out of camp in an ambulance; apparently Burns doesn't realize that with a 24 hour 7 day probability of wounded soldiers coming in at anytime day or night ambulances need to be where the medical Personel could use them ASAP.
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