Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III played the recurring part of "Capt. Spalding, a guitar picking surgeon, in Season 3 of M*A*S*H.
Personal Information
Birthname Loudon Snowden Wainwright
Born: (1946-09-05) September 5, 1946 (age 72)
Birthplace Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Singer-songwriter, musician, actor, humorist
Years active: late 1960's-present
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Character(s) played: Captain Calvin Spalding

Loudon Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter best known for his song "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road", portrayed Captain Calvin Spalding on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H.

Life and careerEdit

Loudon is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle.

Born in Chapel Hill, NC, was born the son of Martha Taylor, a yoga teacher, and Loudon Wainwright, Jr., a columnist and editor for Life magazine.[1] His father was not a professional musician, but he did play piano and wrote some songs, exposing his children to musicians such as Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, who were later cited as influences.[2]

To date, Wainwright has released 26 studio albums. Reflecting upon his career, in 1999, Wainwright stated "you could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry."[3] Loudon Wainright's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.


  1. Loudon Wainwright, III Biography (1946–). Retrieved on 2014-03-19.
  2. Needles, Tim. Legendary Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved on January 19, 2012.
  3. Loudon Wainwright III. (June 20, 1999). Retrieved on April 9, 2012.

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