William Christopher, Played M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy, Dead at 84

William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died. He was 84 years old.

Per ABC, the actor passed away on Saturday from lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

In addition to his 11-season run on M*A*S*H (and later, the short-lived After M*A*S*H), Christopher’s TV credits included roles on Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Love Boat. He also lent his voice to the 1980s Smurfs. He most recently guest-starred on 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012.

Christopher leaves behind a wife, Barbara, and two sons, John and Ned.

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21 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    2016 had to sneak in 1 more before midnight I see.

  2. GuessWhat says:

    RIP! He was so good in that role.
    And good riddance, 2016! =(

  3. Jamie says:

    I feel like all I’ve been saying on social media lately is #RIP. :(

    I’ve grew up watching M*A*S*H and Father Mulcahy was one of my favorite characters. William Christopher was very subtly funny in that role and he portrayed the character with real warmth

  4. And even God said, “I’m out.” Good luck humanity.

  5. MMD says:

    Please make it end!!!!!!!!! No more! Loved him in M*A*S*H

  6. major pooter says:

    84 is a good long life, we should all be so blessed.

  7. Annie says:

    I loved him on MASH. He and his wife did a lot of work for autism awareness. One of their sons is autistic. 2016 is vicious til the end.

  8. Alex Meyer says:

    R.I.P.

  9. Marie58 says:

    Jocularity! Jocularity!
    Rest in peace, William Christopher. You will be missed very much. :(

  10. arial2 says:

    Loved his character! RIP. :( 2016 just had to get us one more time!

  11. Keith R Enste says:

    To Mr. Christopher’s Friends, family, associates and fan; I extend my deepest, most sincere condolences and sympathies; a truly gifted actor who could be so very funny but also so very serious. I always admired and loved his wry wit and acting abilities. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. My sincerest sympathy to all whom loved and worked with him. Such a great loss so early in The New Year.

  12. RIP, Father Mulcahy. I liked him cuz he had this soothing, sweet voice…even in the midst of a battlefield, he was this cheerful, calm character💙

  13. linda kelly says:

    I am so sorry about the passing of Bill
    I enjoyed watching him on mash

  14. Mikhail says:

    rest in peace father Mulcahy. I will newer forget you.
    From Russia with Love.