Goodbye, farewell, and amen. Wayne Rogers, who played Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre, on the long-running mega-hit CBS comedy, M*A*S*H, has passed away, at the age of 82. According to Entertainment Tonight, McIntyre died from complications of pneumonia.
While M*A*S*H, starring Alan Alda, ran on CBS from 1972 to 1983, Rogers left the show in 1975. He went on to appear in many more cancelled or ended shows, including City of Angels, House Calls, and Murder She Wrote. Rogers also starred as Tony Nelson (the Larry Hagman role) in the I Dream of Jeannie TV series movie sequel, I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later.
While Rogers did not fill the title role, the CBS medical drama, Trapper John M.D., was a spin-off, based on Rogers’ M*A*S*H character. That series starred Pernell Roberts, as Trapper John. Legally speaking, Trapper John M.D. is considered a spin-off of the original M*A*S*H film (itself, a book adaptation), not the TV show.
Born William Wayne McMillan Rogers III, after graduating from Princeton, Rogers served in the U.S. Navy, before entering the world of entertainment. Wayne Rogers is survived by wife Amy, children Bill and Laura, and four grandchildren.
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