'Trapper John' From M*A*S*H Dead at 82

Actor Wayne Rogers was successful in business, too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2016 5:20 AM CST
In this photo provided by CBS, Wayne Rogers poses for a photo in his character of Trapper John McIntyre from the television series 'M*A*S*H.'   (CBS via AP)

(Newser) – Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis, and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on M.A.S.H, has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, says publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe. Rogers' army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters—and half of one of the most beloved duos—in TV history, despite the actor's appearing in only the first three of the show's 11 seasons on CBS. He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, notes Entertainment Tonight.

In the years after M.A.S.H. he returned to TV regularly, including a recurring role in the early 1990s on Murder, She Wrote. He moved beyond acting to see serious success later in life as a money manager and investor. In 1988 and 1990, he appeared as an expert witness before the House Judiciary Committee to speak in favor of maintaining the Glass-Steagall banking laws of the 1930s. In recent years he was a regular panelist on the Fox News stock investment show Cashin' In. Rogers is survived by his wife Amy, two children, Bill and Laura, and four grandchildren.

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