Richard Lineback
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Richard Lineback made two guest appearances on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, in Seasons 8 and 11.
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birthname Richard D. Lineback
Born: (1952-02-04) February 4, 1952 (age 66)
Birthplace Frankfurt, Germany
Years active: 1975-present
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: "Dear Uncle Abdul" in Season 8 and "Trick or Treatment" in Season 11.
Character played: Eddie (retarded soldier)/Private Scala

Richard D. Lineback (born February 4, 1952) made two guest appearances on M*A*S*H, first appearing as Eddie, a retarded soldier in the episode "Dear Uncle Abdul" in Season 8 and then as Private Scala, a wounded soldier who has been starving himself after witnessing his buddies get killed while eating chow in his unit in the season 11 episode "Trick or Treatment". Richard has performed in character roles in such blockbuster films as Speed, Twister and Varsity Blues. He played Deputy Dodd in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

Lineback has appeared in many roles on the stage, with lead roles that include Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, and the title role in Mister Roberts.

He has also appeared in numerous guest appearance roles for television, including Romas in Star Trek:TNG, Selin Peers in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Kessick in Star Trek: Enterprise. He also appeared in the role as Rev. Vernon Canty in two episodes of JAG.

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Carl Mayo Lineback (1922–2004) and Dorothy Anne Darnall (1923–2008). His siblings are Robert B. Lineback (born 1953) and Carol A. Lineback (born 1955). His father was a physician and an officer in the U.S. Army assigned to the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt. When he retired from active military service, in 1965, Dr. Lineback relocated with his family to Austin, Texas, where he established a private practice.[1]

Richard graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas, in 1970. While in high school, he was appeared in several student theatrical productions. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin.[2] He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued a acting career.


Title Release Genre Role
Joni 1980 Biopic/Drama Steve Estes
Hard Country 1981 Western/Drama Larry
Wikipedia:Friday the 13th: A New Beginning 1985 Slasher/Horror Deputy Dodd
Stewardess School 1986 Action/Comedy Sgt. Striker
Beyond the Next Mountain 1987 Adventure/Drama Mr. Young Man
Sommersby 1993 Mystery/Romance Timothy Fry
Speed 1994 Action/Thriller Sergeant Norwood
Natural Born Killers 1994 Crime Sonny
Twister 1996 Action/Adventure Mr. Thornton
Tin Cup 1996 Comedy/Romance Curt
After the Game 1997 Drama/Mystery Slim, the Bartender
The Jackal 1997 Crime/Thriller FBI Special Agent McMurphy
Hush 1998 Drama/Thriller Hal Bentall
Meet the Deedles 1998 Comedy Mr. Crabbe
Varsity Blues 1999 Comedy/Sport Joe Harbor
Ready to Rumble 2000 Comedy/Sport Mr. Boggs
The Ring 2002 Horror/Thriller Innkeeper

Made-for-TV filmographyEdit

Title Aired Genre Role
Riding for the Pony Express 1980 Western Willy Gomes
Gideon's Trumpet 1980 Drama Lester Wade
Death Ray 2000 1981 Action/Fantasy U.S. Army enlisted man
Johnny Belinda 1982 Drama Dan
Ghost Dancing 1983 Drama Brian
Fatal Vision 1984 Drama MP Captain
Return to Mayberry 1986 Comedy Wally Butler
Inherit the Wind 1988 Drama Sillers
Blind Vengeance 1990 Drama Edwin "Ed" Rentzell
Woman with a Past 1992 Drama Wayne
Somebody's Daughter 1992 Crime/Drama Fielder
The Stand 1994 Horror/Fantasy Poke
The Baby Dance 1998 Drama Al LeFauve
The King of Texas 2002 Western/Drama Warnell
McBride: Dogged 2007 Mystery Frank Sinclair


  1. Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 11, 2004, Obituary of Carl Mayo Lineback.
  2. Richard Lineback – Deputy Dodd. Friday the 13th Films. Retrieved on 2008-09-15.

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