- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2015

The actor who played “Trapper John” McIntyre on the popular 1970s TV sitcom “M*A*S*H” has died. Wayne Rogers was 82.

Mr. Rogers died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his publicist Rona Menashe told The Associated Press.

Trapper John was the principal sidekick of lead character Hawkeye Pierce in the first three seasons in the 11-year run of the show set among the surgeons at a Korean-war mobile hospital.

Those seasons were heavier on broad comedy and hijinks than the later more-serious shows and characters and Trapper John, along with characters like Frank Burns and Henry Blake, was beloved by many “M*A*S*H aficionados for that reason.

Trapper and Hawkeye, especially when drunk on the still they kept in their tent, would regularly bait the disciplinarian Frank. When Frank, trying to diagnose whether the two were alcoholics asked “question three — do you sometimes forget what happened while you were drinking?” Trapper asked “what happened to question two?”

Mr. Rogers‘ biggest post-M*A*S*H success was a recurring role on “Murder She Wrote” as Charlie Garrett, a shady private investigator.

By the last years of his life, Mr. Rogers had achieved major success as an investor, enough to be regularly invited onto the Fox Business Channel’s “Cashin’ In” program.

Survivors include his wife Amy, their two children and four grandchildren.

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