Not far behind Gilligan and Good Times' J.J. in television's bucket hat pantheon is Lt. Colonel Henry Blake of M*A*S*H. Actor McLean Stevenson had originally auditioned for the lead role of Hawkeye, but when that part went to Alan Alda, Stevenson became the man who insisted on wearing his fishing-lure-adorned bucket hat in the middle of a war. For Blake, the hat was a comforting touch of home, not unlike Linus's security blanket. We can only assume he had it on when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.
Lt. Col. Henry Blake (1972)