William Christopher, who played the unassuming US Army chaplain, Father Mulcahy, struggling to bring spiritual comfort to an anarchic surgical unit during the Korean War on the long-running hit TV series M*A*S*H, died on Saturday (local time). He was 84.
I watched M*A*S*H growing up as a kid, and have rewatched it often over the last 30 years. A great show, and the final is the most watched non sports show of all time in the US – 125 million viewers.
The death of Christopher made me wonder how many other actors were still alive, and what had happened to them all. Here’s the list:
- Alan Alda (Hawkeye) – aged 80
- Loretta Swit (Hot Lips) – aged 79
- Jamie Farr (Klinger) – aged 82
- William Christopher (Mulcahy) – died 2016 aged 84
- Wayne Rogers (Trapper) – died 2015 aged 82
- McLean Stevenson (Henry Blake) – died 1996 aged 68
- Larry Linville (Burns) – died 2000 aged 60
- Gary Burghoff (Radar) – aged 73
- Mike Farrell (BJ) – aged 77
- Harry Morgan (Potter) – died 2011 aged 96
- David Stiers (Charles) – aged 74
So five dead and six still living.