John Orchard
John Orchard
John Orchard played the part of "Ugly John" Black in Season 1 onf the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H'
Personal Information
Nationality British
Height 6' 2"
Born: (1928-11-15)15 November 1928
Birthplace Kennington, London, England, UK
Died: November 3, 1995(1995-11-03) (aged 66)
Deathplace Beckenham, Kent, England, UK
Spouse(s): Carol Randall
Related to: Sarah Orchard (daughter)
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: 11 episodes in total
Character(s) played: Captain John "Ugly John" Black/Muldoon (Australian Army MP)

John Orchard (15 November 1928 - 3 November 1995) was an English actor. He is probably best remembered for playing anaesthetist Captain John "Ugly John" Black in the earlier episodes of M*A*S*H. Later in the series, he would return as Muldoon, an Australian Army MP in the Season 8 episode "Captains Outrageous".


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 "Klinks Rocket". Lastly, he appeared in the Hogan's Heroes season four episode "My Favourite 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".

Personal lifeEdit

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, England, UK in 1995.

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Rustlers' Rhapsody as Town Sheriff (1985)
  • The Letter as Annoyed Man (1982) (TV film)
  • Gus as Pemberton Captain (1976)
  • Capone as Dean O'Banion (1975)
  • That Man Bot as Carter (1973)
  • Columbo: Dagger of the Mind as Country Constable (1972)
  • Ice Station Zebra as a member of the scientific expedition (1968)

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