Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ Dies at 82

Wayne Rogers MASH
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Wayne Rogers, best known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on TV comedy series “M.A.S.H.,” died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He was 82.

He appeared on “M.A.S.H.” for only the first three of 11 seasons, but the army surgeon was one of the most popular characters on the show, known for his repartee with Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce. He was reportedly frustrated by the show’s focus on Alda when he quit after three seasons, with Mike Farrell replacing him as B.J. Hunnicut.

Despite Rogers’ departure from the show, he remained friendly with Alda, who saluted his Rogers in a Twitter message:  “He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated,” Alda wrote. “We made a pact to give MASH all we had and it bonded us.”

Entertainment Tonight first reported the death of the actor who also appeared on “City of Angels,” “House Calls” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Rogers was born in Alabama and attended Princeton. While serving in the Navy, he started acting and worked in the theater in the 1950s before getting small film roles in movies such as “The Glory Guys” and “Cool Hand Luke.”

He co-starred opposite Robert Bray in TV Western “Stagecoach West” and made appearances on numerous shows including “Gunsmoke,” “The F.B.I.,” “Cannon” and “Barnaby Jones” before his career-defining role in “M.A.S.H.”

In later years, he received a Golden Globe nomination for a role on “House Calls,” and appeared in TV movies throughout the 1980s.

Though his acting career slowed down in the ’90s, he began to invest in stocks and real estate and appeared regularly as a panelist on Fox Business Network’s show “Cashin’ In” as well as acting as a spokesman for reverse mortgage companies.

He is survived by his wife, Amy, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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  1. He was a good and smart man. This comes as a surprise because he looked healthy and much younger than his years. He made a cultural impact and will be missed.

  2. Johhny says:

    RIP Wayne…how weird it is for me that I chose to watch “Stagecoach West” at 3 in the morning, night before last…just because he was in it. I didn’t think he was old enough to star in that as an adult. He will be missed.

  3. Jinxi Richow says:

    He had a tremendous following among MASH fans. Many felt he was slighted by the show, but he continued his way to success with aplomb and attracted more fans. There is no doubt his repartee with Alda in the series built the foundation from which the multi-talented cast built such a memorable structure of wonderful stories and laughs.

  4. Junior says:

    His portrayal of Trapper John on MASH was second to none. In a different building. He was the best. RIP.

  5. Beth C. Pfohl says:

    Smart, charming and always fast with an ironic quip, I loved watching him on “Cashin’ in”. Not very far from the qualities that made his “Trapper John McIntyre” totally real and engaging. Condolences to Mr. Rogers family.

  6. Alex says:

    Sad he passed during the holidays, R.I.P. Wayne.

  7. angie says:

    M.A.S.H. is one of my all time favorite shows. My family plays “how fast can you name that episode?”

  8. Thomas says:

    Iam going to miss you trapper John love your friend thomas krakowski

  9. Love you Wayne! MASH is one of the greatest all-time sitcoms! You were the best! Thanks for making us smile and laugh.

  10. Bert Maxwell says:

    M*A*S*H, you and Alan Alda …. ’nuff said. The best. RIP “Trapper John”.

  11. Barbara says:

    So so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a wonderful actor an man. So glad we had the opportunity to enjoy his acting career an to see he had a wonderful family that loved him dearly. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  12. Tom Hill says:

    Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, Trapper. You were a great actor and a decent human being… RIP…

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