Loretta Swit

Actor
Though she was personally unable to sit through the 1970 feature version of "M*A*S*H" due to an aversion to blood, Emmy-winning actress Loretta Swit campaigned hard to land the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1937 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Battle of the Network Reality Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 3 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cow and Chicken 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Mae West 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1968 - 1980, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1968 - 1983, 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Forest Warrior 1996 (Movie)

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Those Incredible Animals 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

My Dad Can't Be Crazy... (Can He?) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

United We Stand 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Calendar 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

President Barbara Adams (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Saving the Wildlife 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mysterious Black-Footed Ferret 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Beer 1985 (Movie)

B D Tucker (Actor)

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Animals Are the Funniest People 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Cagney & Lacey 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

Woman with Glass Eye (Actor)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Polly Reed (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mirror, Mirror 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Bahama Holiday 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Race With the Devil 1975 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Don Rickles Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Meyers (Actor)

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

Hilary McBride (Actor)

14 Going on 30 (TV Show)

Actor

A Killer Among Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Fire on the Mountain (Movie)

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First Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Hath No Fury (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle at Moreaux (TV Show)

Actor

Sam (TV Show)

Actor

Shirts/Skins (TV Show)

Actor

The Hostage Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid From Nowhere (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she was personally unable to sit through the 1970 feature version of "M*A*S*H" due to an aversion to blood, Emmy-winning actress Loretta Swit campaigned hard to land the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the television version (CBS, 1972-1983). The role of the brittle, unwaveringly loyal and patriotic, but secretly passionate Houlihan became the most enduring role in her long career, which featured numerous guest appearances in TV movies and on game shows. After her 11 years on "M*A*S*H," Swit struggled to distance herself from the role in made for television movies like "Games Mother Never Taught You" (CBS, 1982) and "The Execution" (NBC, 1985), while landing the role of Chris Cagney on the pilot episode of "Cagney & Lacy" (CBS, 1981-88), only to be unable to play the part when "M*A*S*H" producers refused to let her out of her contract. Meanwhile, she appeared on a number of game shows like "Win, Lose or Draw" (NBC, 1987-1990), "Pyramid" (1973-2004) and "Hollywood Squares" (1966-2004), and later served as the host of "Those Incredible Animals" (Discovery Channel, 1992). While she remained largely out of view in the new millennium, Swit lived on forever in reruns of "M*A*S*H," which continually introduced her to new generations of fans.

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York
studied with Gene Frankel

Milestones

2001

Made West End debut in "The Vagina Monologues"

1981

Co-starred in the feature "S.O.B."

1981

Created the role of Chris Cagney in the CBS TV-movie "Cagney and Lacey"

1972

Made feature film debut, "Stand Up and Be Counted"

1972

Made TV-movie debut in "Shirts/Skins" (ABC)

1968

Had early TV exposure on episode of "Hawaii Five-O"

Toured as Agnes Gooch in "Mame"

Starred as Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan on "M*A*S*H" (CBS)

Hosted "Those Incredible Animals" on Discovery Channel

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Same Time, Next Year" during a hiatus from "M*A*S*H*"

Returned to Broadway, succeeding Cleo Laine as Princess Puffer in "Drood/The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (dates approximate)

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