Wayne Rogers Dead MASH

Wayne Rogers, Played M*A*S*H's Trapper John, Dead at 82

Wayne Rogers, best known to TV audiences for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on M*A*S*H, died on Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, his family told Entertainment Tonight. He was 82.

Rogers’ first major acting role was on the ABC Western Stagecoach West, which debuted in October 1960 and ran for 38 episodes. A little over a decade (and numerous gigs) later, he was cast as Trapper John on CBS’ TV adaptation of M*A*S*H, assuming the role played by Elliott Gould in the 1970 film.

Rogers at the 2009 TV Land Awards with Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, Alan Alda and William Christoper

Rogers at the 2009 TV Land Awards with Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, Alan Alda and William Christoper

Bidding M*A*S*H adieu after three seasons, Rogers went on to star in NBC’s detective drama City of Angels and the CBS sitcom House Calls.

His other TV acting credits include (but are by no means limited to) Murder, She Wrote, The Larry Sanders Show and Diagnosis Murder. He also did some producing, writing (including episodes of House Calls) and, as a successful investment strategist, served as a panelist on Fox News’ Cashin’ In business analysis program.

Rogers is survived by his wife Amy, two children from a previous marriage and four grandchildren.

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33 Comments
  1. Michelle says:

    Trapper was my favorite on MASH. RIP.

  2. aph1976 says:

    My condolences to his family.

  3. mooshki says:

    Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

  4. Margaret Wurth says:

    I loved him on MASH

  5. Kathy Johnson says:

    I loved Wayne Rogers. I love M*A*S*H, I have all 11 season, I watch it everyday. But Wayne he play that roll very well. He will be missed by one and all. R.I.P TRAPPER JOHN MACENTIRE

  6. Carol brummett says:

    It really breaks my heart to hear that Wayne has passed away, he was the cutest thing ever was, r.i.p. Trapper

  7. KevinM says:

    Wayne Rogers was just great he… was the best of them all on MASH…He played that role perfectly..Goodbye Trapper we will all miss you.RIP

  8. Ken Hancock says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Trapper passed away, he was a great actor and very funny as well. My condolences to his family.

  9. carolyn says:

    I had such a crush on him…sad…..

  10. Karen says:

    R.I. P. Trapper John.

  11. lindae5o says:

    After Wayne Rogers left MASH, the show was never the same to me. That big, curly-headed lug was so adorable. Now, when MEtv runs the episodes, I don’t bother watching past the third season.

    • ninamags says:

      You’re right. Wasn’t that around the same time that McLean Stevenson left also? Those first three years of that show are beyond hysterical. Some of the best tv ever.
      RIP Mr. Rogers.

      • lindae5o says:

        Yes, Colonel Blake (McLean Stevenson) was killed in the final episode of Season 3, and Trapper departed Korea, but wasn’t shown, in the first episode of Season 4. I really wish the original cast could have remained intact through MASH’s twelve year run. I didn’t like BJ Hunnicutt as much as Trapper, or Colonel Potter, at all. Potter was too much of an old crank, IMO. But, that’s just me.

  12. Beverly Gold says:

    I really enjoyed watching him on Mash and in many other shows and most of all his commentaries on Fox News.

  13. Margaret says:

    Trapper John was a favorite on MASH. Farewell and rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

  14. lori harwood says:

    REST I PEACE TRAPPER JOHN.

  15. Mike says:

    Happy new year. Let’s hope this year is a damn sight better than the last.
    RIP Trapper

  16. Monica Nardone says:

    Great guy. Great show. R.I.P. Trapper John.

  17. Kelly Baxter says:

    R.I.P. My thoughts go out to his family & friends.

  18. michael says:

    He was one of my favorites i never missed a program

  19. Marian Evenson says:

    What a great loss of talent! RIP TRAPPER!!

  20. Paul says:

    I offer my condolences and this: a man who can make me laugh is a man I value. Wayne Rogers was such a man, and I am grateful he chose to share his gift.

  21. Carol says:

    One half of a classic bromance before bromances were a ‘thing’. Trapper and Hawkeye were comedy gold. R.I.P.

  22. Jules says:

    R.i.P Trapper -A sad news…but the sky/the m*a*s*h cloud will be more fun joining by laughing and drinking with Colonel Potter & Blake and annoying even more “Ferret Face” FBurns for us….

  23. Sally churchill says:

    R.I.P. I grow up with MASH enjoyed it very much.

  24. Miffy says:

    Loved him on MASH but House Calls was very underrated. Fun show that has disappeared.

  25. iceblast says:

    R.I.P Trapper John / Wayne Rogers You will be missed!

  26. Jennifer says:

    I grew up watching M*A*S*H and still watch the reruns. Wayne Rogers was a great actor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  27. Geretha Bone says:

    I remember Wayne as a comedian until I watched him on Foxes Cashing In. I then realized how intelligent he was and I began to look forward to hearing from him each time he appeared on the show. I appreciated the down to earth Information he shared with us.

  28. judy hanson says:

    Loved his straight shootin comments on Fox News, I agreed with him 90% of the time-heaven is lucky!!!