McLean Stevenson Identified With His Character
McLean Stevenson played Henry Blake and didn’t have too much of a problem slipping into the skin of his character as they shared many similarities. Both Blake and Stevenson had the same hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.
Stevenson once said he basically played a character who was just like his own father. Interestingly, when he first auditioned for the show, Stevenson tried out for the role of Hawkeye but was clearly destined for a different part.