Roger Wendell Bowen (May 25, 1932 – February 16, 1996) was an American comedic actor and Novelist, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Col. Henry Blake in the 1970 film M*A*S*H, a low budget film that would go on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest box office grossing comedies of all time. To this day, M*A*S*H ranks 9th, with a modern-day adjusted box office gross of more than $460,000,000. M*A*S*H would eventually be named among AFI‘s 100 greatest American movies of all time.
Bowen considered himself a writer who only moonlighted as an actor. He wrote eleven novels (including Just Like a Movie) as well as sketches for Broadway and television. He was also one of the co-founders of Chicago's comedy and acting troupe The Second City.