Wayne Rogers, Deceased, Was So Much More Than His 'M*A*S*H' Character

Stacey Cole

Wayne Rogers was perhaps most well-known for his role as Trapper John in the first three seasons of the television sitcom M*A*S*H, which aired between 1972 and 1983. In M*A*S*H, Rogers' Trapper John was the good friend of Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, played by Alan Alda. CNN reports that Rogers passed away on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles due to complications from pneumonia.

USA Today tweeted the news.

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 1, 2016

— Alan Alda (@alanalda) January 1, 2016

— Elizabeth Bennet (@ClassicLiteratu) January 1, 2016

— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 1, 2016

"It was an advantage that I had no rules to follow, no premade decisions, no 'books' to tell me how to find success. This allowed me to take a creative approach rather than an administrative approach. It is my belief that the best results in business come from a creative process, from the ability to see things differently from everyone else, and from finding answers to problems that are not bound by the phrase 'we have always done it this way.' "
"Your ability to comply with the blizzard of paperwork and reports required by various rules that come down from Washington, D.C., your state capital or your local zoning board may mean the difference between success and failure."

The Guardian reports that Wayne Rogers said the studio wanted to include a number of things in the contract that he didn't agree with.

"It said that, in the eyes of the studio, if you behaved in an immoral fashion, they have the right to suspend you. Well, nobody defined an 'immoral fashion,' as it were -- so it was at the whim of whoever ran the studio."
"We're a hit show. If you don't agree, tough, goodbye."

Ultimately, Wayne Rogers earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as another surgeon, Dr. Charley Michaels, in the television comedy called House Calls, while M*A*S*H went on for another eight seasons without Trapper, who was replaced by Captain B.J. Hunnicut, played by Mike Ferrell.

The Globe and Mail reports that Wayne Rogers earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. He is survived by his second wife, Amy Hirsh, his two children, Laura and Bill, and four grandchildren. Wayne Rogers will long be remembered, mostly for his role in M*A*S*H, but ultimately as a good person, a superb businessman, and a great actor.

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