M*A*S*H Star DEAD… Please Send Your Prayers

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William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as Father Francis Mulcahy on M*A*S*H died Saturday, December 31. He was 84.

Christopher died of lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Barbara, by his bedside, agent Robert Malcolm told The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher was diagnosed 18 months ago and was reportedly responding well to treatment until early December.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Christopher started his career in a number of Off Broadway productions before moving to Hollywood in search of a TV gig. He made guest appearances on several beloved series including The Andy Griffith Show, The Patty Duke Show, Good Times and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Christopher was part of one of the most spectacular ensembles ever on TV- a cast which included Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit and Harry Morgan.

Fellow M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit, who played Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, shared in a separate statement to THR: “Our Dear Bill and his goodness are a great argument for there being a heaven. I never heard him complain or lose his temper. Everyone adored him. A great sense of humor and a great humanitarian. He became TV’s quintessential padre as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H. It was the most perfect casting ever known. He was probably responsible for more people coming back to the church. If God is nigh, then surely he or she will welcome Bill with open arms.”

His death comes one year after M*A*S*H co-star Wayne Rogers who also died on New Year’s Eve in 2015.

Christopher is survived by his wife, Barbara, and sons John and Ned.

Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories…


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