Wayne Rogers:

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He played Trap­per John on the tele­vi­sion se­ries “M.A.S.H” for the first three sea­sons. He was 82.

Wayne Rogers, whose Trap­per John McIn­tyre along­side Alan Alda’s Hawk­eye Pierce brought mis­chief, mar­ti­nis and meat­ball surgery to the masses in the 1970s each week on “M*A*S*H,” has died.

The ac­tor was sur­rounded by fam­ily when he died Thurs­day in Los An­ge­les of com­pli­ca­tions from pneu­mo­nia at age 82, his pub­li­cist told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Rogers’ army sur­geon Trap­per John was one of the most beloved char­ac­ters — and half of one of the most beloved duos — in TV history, de­spite the ac­tor’s ap­pear­ing in only the first three of the show’s 11 sea­sons on CBS. McIn­tyre was on “M*A*S*H” from 1972 to 1975. Hawk­eye and Trap­per were es­sen­tially equals when the show be­gan, but it in­creas­ingly fo­cused on Alda, which was a fac­tor in Rogers’ de­par­ture.

In the years af­ter “M*A*S*H,” he re­turned to TV reg­u­larly, in­clud­ing a re­cur­ring role in the early 1990s on “Mur­der, She Wrote.”

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