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Charles Aidman
Charles Aidman
Charles Aidman made a guest appearance on M*A*S*H as Col. Victor Bloodworth in the Season 6 episode "The Grim Reaper".
Personal Information
Alias(es)/
Also known as:
Charlie B. Aidman or Chuck Aidman
Birthplace Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana, U.S.
Deathplace Beverly Hills Californis, U.S.
Occupation/
Career:
Actor
Years active: 1952–1992
Spouse(s): Betty Hyatt Linton Aidman (married 1969-1993, his death)
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H TV series
Episodes appeared in: "The Grim Reaper" in Season 6
Character played: Colonel Victor Bloodworth


Charles Aidman (January 21, 1925 – November 7, 1993) made a guest appearance on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H in Season 6, appearing as Colonel Victor Bloodworth, a HQ officer who coldy tallied casualties at the front and gave his repotts to the MASH units in the episode titled "The Grim Reaper". Charles also introduced the Tom Willis character later used in the spinoff series "The Jeffersons" in Season 5 of another popular CBS-TV series, All In The Family. The character, whose first name was originally Louis, appeared in the episode "Lionel's Engagement". The character was played on still another popular CBS series, the AITF spinoff series, The Jeffersons by Franklin Cover, who did a much different take on the character.

CareerEdit

Early TV rolesEdit

Among his many television credits, Charles guest starred twice on the NBC-TV western series, The Californians. He appeared twice too on David Janssen's Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He portrayed a bounty hunter on the ABC-TV's western series, Black Saddle. He was cast in CBS's fantasy drama, Twilight Zone in the episodes "And When the Sky Was Opened" and "Little Girl Lost".

About this time, he guest starred on five other western series: the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Colt .45; ABC's The Rebel, starring Nick Adams; NBC's Riverboat, as Frank Paxton in the episode "The Fight at New Canal", with Darren McGavin as Captain Grey Holden, and The Americans, the story of family conflicts in the American Civil War starring Darryl Hickman and the successor series to Riverboat; CBS's Trackdown, as Len Starbuck in "The Samaritan", and CBS's Johnny Ringo, as Jeffrey Blake in "The Stranger".

Aidman guest starred on the NBC children's western, Fury with eter Graves and Bobby Diamond and in episodes of the ABC/WB crime drama, Bourbon Street Beat, starring Andrew Duggan, and the syndicated aviation adventure series, Whirlybirds, starring Kenneth Tobey. He appeared from 1959 to 1960 in different roles in three episodes of the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal, with John Bromfield. Aidman made a guest appearance on the long-running CBS-TV courtroom drama Perry Mason in 1960 as murderer Arthur Siddons in "The Case of the Gallant Grafter."

In "Shadow of the Past" (October 7, 1961) of the NBC western series, The Tall Man, Aidman is cast as Ben Wiley, the father of Sue Wiley (Barbara Parkins), the latest girlfriend of Billy the Kid (Clu Gulager). Sheriff Pat Garrett (Barry Sullivan) recognizes Wiley as an informant who stopped Garrett from escaping from a Confederate prison during the American Civil War. Nancy Davis Reagan appears in this episode as Ben's wife, Sarah.[1]

Aidman was cast as George Ellsworth, an official with the United States Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, in the three-part 1963 episode, "Security Risk" of the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. Ellsworth in 1960 is blackmailed through a romantic affair with a young woman named Erica into passing secret information to the communists at the height of the Cold War. He confessed his guilt despite the protection of diplomatic immunity. Karl Swenson and Parley Baer were also cast in this episode. He also played asex education teacher in an episode Of Slattery's People, "Do The Ignorant sleep in Pure White Sheets"?[2]

In 1963, Aidman adapted Spoon River Anthology by poet Edgar Lee Masters into a theater production that is still performed.[3]

Charles appeared on another NBC western series starring Barry Sullivan, The Road West in the 1966 episode "The Lean Years".

Aidman also guest starred on CBS's The Wild Wild West in a recurring role for several episodes during the fourth season as Jeremy Pike, one of Jim West's substitute sidekicks. (Ross Martin, who portrayed regular sidekick Artemus Gordon in the series, was recovering from illness.)[4] Aidman also played the father of Elmer Dobkins in an episode of NBC-TV's Little House On The Prairie.

Later TV rolesEdit

Later, Aidman served as one of the narrators on the 1980s Twilight Zone revival series until he was fired and replaced by Robin Ward.

Charles's film roles were in Pork Chop Hill, War Hunt, Kotch, Countdown, Uncommon Valor, and Innerspace, the latter being one of his final acting appearances.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Frankfort in Clinton County, Indiana, Charles attended Indiana University in Indianapolis. He died of cancer in Beverly Hills, CA.[5] He is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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