The actor who played one of the most popular characters on the beloved television series, M.A.S.H., has died. Wayne Rogers, who portrayed Trapper John McIntyre, was 82 at the time of his death.
According to The Associated Press, who spoke with the actor’s longtime friend and publicist, Rona Menashe, Rogers died of complications from pneumonia. He was with his family in Los Angeles when he succumbed to his illness. The actor leaves behind wife Amy, children Laura and Bill, and four grandchildren.
Although M.A.S.H. ran for 11 seasons on the CBS network, Roger’s Trapper John appeared only on the first three. His character made a lasting impression on fans of the show, which was set in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War, who still consider Trapper John to be one of the series’ best.
Before appearing on M.A.S.H., Rogers played parts in many less successful television shows. The actor, who hailed from Alabama and graduated from Princeton University, mainly acted in westerns.
After leaving M.A.S.H., Rogers made regular appearances on television, including a role on the popular ’90s-era Angela Lansbury show, Murder, She Wrote. After retiring from acting, the actor who played Trapper John became a successful investor and money manager, even appearing as an expert witness to give testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. He most recently appeared regularly on Cashin’ In, an investment show which airs on Fox News.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Fox News: Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies at 82