Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H fame dies.

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Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H fame dies.

Postby Russ_Byth » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:14 pm

(CNN)Wayne Rogers, who portrayed wisecracking Army surgeon "Trapper John" McIntyre in the first three seasons of TV's "M*A*S*H," died Thursday, his publicist Rona Menashe told Reuters.
He was 82.

Rogers died of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, Menashe said.

Rogers' Trapper John was one half of "M*A*S*H's" lead tandem of joke-cracking physicians in the first three seasons of CBS' Korean War comedy-drama, paired with Alan Alda's Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce. The character had been played by Elliott Gould in the 1970 movie.

But Rogers left the series in a contract dispute in 1975, his character written off as having been discharged, replaced by Mike Farrell's B.J. Hunnicutt. In addition, as former "M*A*S*H" writer Ken Levine notes, Rogers was "frustrated," as Trapper John and Hawkeye were supposed to be equals, but Hawkeye proved more popular with the public.

But Rogers never had a problem with his castmates, and he and Alda stayed friends long after he left the show.
In a tweet, Alda said, "He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated. We made a pact to give MASH all we had and it bonded us. I loved Wayne. I'll miss him very much."

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