Johnny Haymer

Haymer Lionel Flieg (January 19, 1920 – November 18, 1989), known professionally as Johnny Haymer, was an American actor probably best known for his role as Staff Sergeant Zelmo Zale, a recurring character in the television series M*A*S*H. He appeared in a 1965 episode of The Cara Williams Show with Cara Williams and was an announcer for the Nipsey Russell-hosted game show Your Number's Up; in the mid-1980s he provided his voice for the characters Swindle, Vortex, Highbrow, and Caliburst in The Transformers. He played Walter Pinkerton from 1982-83 on Madame's Place and appeared in the penultimate episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, "All Our Yesterdays".

Johnny Haymer
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Johnny Haymer in 1963
Haymer Lionel Flieg

(1920-01-19)January 19, 1920
DiedNovember 18, 1989(1989-11-18) (aged 69)
Years active1956-1989
Spouse(s)Helen Sylivia Graff (1949-1989) (his death) (3 children)
ChildrenSusan; James; Robert[1]

Among Haymer's other television appearances are his roles as a police officer on an episode of The Facts of Life (entitled "Under Pressure") in 1983, and his appearance on The Golden Girls in 1986 in the season two episode "It's a Miserable Life" as a judge. These two were only brief appearances on screen.

Haymer appeared in television commercials for Standard Shoes stores during the 1980s.

Personal lifeEdit

Haymer was born Haymer Lionel Flieg in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Jewish immigrants. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1942, majoring in speech and specializing in dramatic impressions. He died in Los Angeles, California, from cancer in 1989, at age 69.


Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Secret War of Harry Frigg Sgt. Pozzallo
1971 Evel Knievel Rodeo cook
1971 The Organization John Bishop
1976 The Four Deuces Ben Arlen - the 'Deuce of Hearts'
1976 Logan's Run Uncredited
1977 Annie Hall Comic
1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Race Official
1978 American Hot Wax Song Plugger
1979 Real Life Dr. Maxwell Rennert
1979 ...And Justice for All Crenna
1987 Open House Paul Bernal


  1. ^ "Johnny Haymer, 69, 'MASH' Actor, Dies". 20 November 1989. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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