R.I.P. Wayne Rogers, Trapper John of 'M*A*S*H'

The actor who portrayed Trapper John McIntyre passed away December 31 at the age of 82. Watch the MeTV salute to Wayne Rogers all week.

Wayne Rogers, who died on December 31 at the age of 82, leaves behind a legacy of portraying one of the most beloved characters on one of the most popular TV series of all time. 

M*A*S*H

  • 9/25 6:30PMGive and Take
    "A wounded GI learns a painful lesson when he forms a recovery room friendship with the enemy soldier he's critically wounded. Soldier: "My boots. All he wanted was my lousy boots. His feet were freezing. I'd have done the same thing. He was just a guy like me, and I shot him. I killed him, for a pair of boots. How can I ever look at a pair of shoes again without thinking of him?""
  • 9/27 6:00PMAs Time Goes By
    "Margaret and Hawkeye work on a time capsule to commemorate their time in Korea; Rizzo and BJ goof around with a fake hand grenade; Klinger becomes smitten with a young, pretty Korean war criminal. "
  • 9/27 6:30PMPilot Episode
    "At the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H) unit in Korea, two army doctors by the names of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre receive some exciting news in the mail. Their Korean house boy, Ho-John got accepted into Hawkeye's old college. Hawkeye and Trapper decide to hold a party filled with music, dancing, and alcohol to raise money for Ho-John's plane trip to the U.S. They achieve this by raffling off a weekend pass with a nurse, Lieutenant Dish for R&R in Tokyo."
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On M*A*S*H, Rogers brought to life Trapper John McIntyre, the fun-loving Army surgeon of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Although Rogers only appeared in the first three seasons of the long-running show, his character quickly became a fan favorite. 

McIntyre was known as a legendary prankster, always causing trouble with his buddy Hawkeye Pierce, portrayed by Alan Alda. Initially Rogers and Alda were supposed to have equal screen time, yet when Alda's character became more popular with audiences, the writers and producers fed Hawkeye more scenes on the show. Because of this, Rogers left the show after the third season.

After M*A*S*H, Rogers continued to have success in acting, obtaining recurring role in popular television shows like Murder She Wrote. Beyond acting, Rogers also found success as a money manager and investor.

Rogers died from complications of pneumonia in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren. 

To pay tribute to the actor, MeTV is airing classic episodes featuring Trapper John McIntyre's best moments as part of the "MeTV Salute to Wayne Rogers." Tune in to M*A*S*H this week, Monday through Friday, at 7PM | 6C.

The highlighted episodes include “Requiem for a Lightweight,” “Hot Lips and Empty Arms,” “Officer of the Day,” "Check-Up," "Kim," "Mail Call," "The Army-Navy Game," "Radar's Report," "As You Were," "O.R." and "Private Charles Lamb." Visit our schedule for more details.

 
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