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Wayne Rogers, Actor Who Played M.A.S.H.'s Trapper John, Dies at 82

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Wayne Rogers, the actor most famous for his role as Trapper John on the TV adaptation of M.A.S.H., has died. He was 82.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogers’ former publicist confirmed that the actor died from complications from pneumonia.

Rogers played the memorable doctor Trapper John for three years, from 1972-1975, on the hit TV series, which was adapted from the acclaimed film by Robert Altman.

His career spanned both film and TV, and he subsequently appeared in Cool Hand Luke, Ghosts of Mississippi and Murder, She Wrote.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native graduated from Princeton with a history degree, later enlisting in the Navy before eventually kick-starting a career as an actor.

Although he appeared early on in TV shows like Gunsmoke and The Fugitive, it was his role as Trapper John on M.A.S.H. that would score him widespread acclaim. He would subsequently leave the series, though, after reportedly becoming dissatisfied with his character’s dwindling significance, as Alan Alda’s Hawkeye soon claimed the spotlight.

Rogers found renewed success later in life as an investor and entrepreneur, writing the book Make Your Own Rules and appearing as a contributor on the Fox News channel business show Cashin’ In.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Amy Hirsh, Deadline reports.