Eileen Saki, actor best known for playing bar owner Rosie on M*A*S*H, died on Monday in Los Angeles. Her death was confirmed by M*A*S*H co-star Jeff Maxwell during his podcast about the program. A facebook post on official M*A*S*H Matters page read, “Our sweet Eileen. Our sassy Rosie.”
“On behalf of her husband Bob, we extend sincere appreciation for the hundreds of M*A*S*H fans who filled Eileen’s final days with peace, encouragement, and love. She read every email and responded to as many as she could,” it added.
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Cause of death
Eileen Saki died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January this year, according to a report by People. Saki was a lung cancer survivor in 2004.
Eileen Saki was born on November 18, 1943 in Japan. She was 79.
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Eileen Saki is survived by her husband Bob Borgen. He is a producer known for The Way It Was (1974), Prime Ticket: Los Angeles Kings Hockey (1985) and Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987).
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Eileen was a Japanese-American actor. She had a decades long career that included roles in Policewomen (1974) and Meteor (1979). She appeared in nine episodes of M*A*S*H between 1976 and 1981. Eileen played the role of Rosie, the owner of Rosie’s Bar, where servicemen congregated to unwind and she gave counsel for a price.
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Later, she worked in commercials for everything from Shark Week to Uber Eats. In February 2022, Saki featured on a podcast M*A*S*H Matters with Jeff Maxwell, who played Private Igor in M*A*S*H and mega fan Ryan Patrick.
Eileen played Dr Fujimoto in the 1984 movie Splash, with Tom Hanks. She also worked in CHiPS and History of the World: Part 1. Most recently, Eileen appeared in a 2022 Uber Eats advertisement.
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According to Net Worth Post, Eileen Saki had an estimated net worth of $7 million as of 2023.