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      Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M
      The Alabama-born actor left the hit show after three seasons after a contract dispute but his wise-cracking character was one of the most loved

      Wayne Rogers, who played Trapper John McIntyre in the hugely popular television series M•A•S•H, has died at the age of 82.

      The actor, who later became a successful investor, was surrounded by family when he died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe told Associated Press.

      As army surgeon Trapper John, Rogers swapped wisecracks with partner in martinis and mischief Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda.

      The two doctors blew off steam between surgeries pulling pranks, romancing nurses and tormenting their tent-mate Frank Burns, always with an endless supply of booze and one-liners.

      In one typical crack, Trapper answers a question with: “How should I know? I dropped out of school to become a doctor.”

      The series, which was inspired by the 1970 hit movie and combined situation comedy with dramatic elements, was set in a mobile Army hospital unit during the 1950-53 Korean war. It initially focused both on Alda’s character and Rogers as Trapper John, but Rogers became frustrated as the plots began to give more attention to the increasingly popular Alda at his character’s expense.

      Rogers left M•A•S•H in a contract dispute after the third of the show’s 11 seasons, departing at the same time as McLean Stevenson, another original cast member. Rogers said he had no contract and the producers wanted to impose one that included, among other things, “an old-fashioned morals clause.”

      “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,” Rogers said in a 2012 radio interview.

      Rogers said he told them that “some of these things I’m not going to agree to”, and that they responded: “We’ll, we’re a hit show. If you don’t agree, tough, goodbye.”

      An Alabama native and Princeton graduate, Rogers had parts on many short-lived shows before M•A•S•H, specialising in westerns such as Law of the Plainsman and Stagecoach West.

      In the years after M•A•S•H he returned to television regularly, with a recurring role in the early 1990s on Murder, She Wrote.

      He moved beyond acting to see serious success later in life as a money manager and investor. In 1988 and 1990 he appeared as an expert witness before the House judiciary committee to speak in favour of maintaining the Glass-Steagall banking laws of the 1930s.

      In recent years he was a regular panelist on the Fox News stock investment show Cashin’ In.

      Rogers is survived by his wife Amy, two children, Bill and Laura, and four grandchildren.


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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      That was something I remember my parents watching in the early 1970s, not really for me as a kid at that time.
      It was one of those early US series that aired almost the same time in the uk and many were also able to watch it in colour as that was the years that many started buying their colour tvs.
      Did enjoy it when it was repeated in the 80s, some rare american humour that I enjoyed with a serious messgae that worked well.
      Its also a fact that the bbc reacted after many complaints when it aired to removing the american laugh track.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      Personally I prefer MASH without the laughter track.

      I find it very hard to watch the repeats that are currently being shown on the True Entertainment channel.

      P.S. For those who aren't familiar with MASH, both the original actors in the film who played Hawkeye and Trapper were changed in to the TV Series. Wayne Rogers only played Trapper for series 1 through 3. His character was replaced by BJ.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      I am a big fan of the MASH series.

      Yes, it is awful with the canned laughter and difficult to watch. Probably made harder by the fact I originally watched it without the canned laughter.
      A brilliant show full of stories that leave you with a good feeling even when the basis of the episode was the worst of what man can do against man.

      Many an episode has made my eyes wet.

      I can identify with much of it. I served in the army and you do develop a twised sense of humour to cope.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      I watched the original airing without the "tell us what is funny??" crap.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      It did not need the canned laughter; possibly it was too subtle for some of the audience, in a similar way that many in the U.S. would not get Blackadder Goes Fourth.
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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      By that reckoning all comedy is too subtle for them since I don't know of a single U.S. comedy that does not have laughter.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      I can't see them understanding Kingsman then.

      The humour in that is riddled throughout the whole film yet a lot of people misunderstood it in the cinema and kept silent.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      I don't think that the humour in MASH was particularly American.

      Off topic ish, I didn't find out until my father's funeral that he served in the Korean war. He never ever spoke about it.
      I knew he had been in national service, but not that he actually fought in one of the worst wars of all time.

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      Re: Wayne Rogers, actor who played Trapper John in M*A*S*H, dies aged 82

      There is a specific kind of humour which is present in the Armed Forces and not in civilian life. MASH certainly does its best to capture it for the TV audience.

      As for the Korean war, coming so soon after WW2 it wasn't going to be pretty.

      At least MASH was able to get some of the potential for laughter from it, even if it ran 1 film and 11 series, compared to just over 3 years and a month for the Korean war.

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