MASH star William Christopher dies aged 84

Did you watch the 1970’s hit TV series MASH? Sad new this first day of 2017 as William Christopher, who
MASH star William Christopher dies aged 84.

Did you watch the 1970’s hit TV series MASH? Sad new this first day of 2017 as William Christopher, who played the unassuming US Army chaplain Father Mulcahy in the long-running show has died at the age of 84. Christopher died at his home in Pasadena, California with his wife of nearly 60 years, Barbara Christopher, by his side. Christopher was diagnosed with cancer about 18 months ago, according to his longtime New York-based agent, Robert Malcolm.

Christopher played the signature role of Father Francis Mulcahy, who struggled to bring spiritual comfort to an anarchic surgical unit during the Korean War, after another actor played the part on the show’s pilot episode.

Soon after, he went on to portray the soft-spoken priest assigned to the fictional 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital for the duration of the series, which ran from 1972 to 1983.

Noooo… this one hurts. #rip #williamchristopher #jocularity #fathermulcahy

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Christopher was among the only cast members to remain on the show for all 11 seasons together with Alan Alda as Captain “Hawkeye” Pierce, Loretta Swit as Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan and Jamie Farr as cross-dressing Corporal Maxwell Klinger. 

Its 1983 finale drew 106 million viewers, making it the most-watched US TV show to date, reports ABC.

Christopher’s portrayal of Father Mulcahy — a character that originated in the 1970 film which inspired TV’s MASH — was initially that of a supporting player, but his role grew as the series went on.

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  1. Robyn Pearson  

    I was bought up on it and still love it he will be sadly missed he was so sweet

  2. Anne Blanch  

    No Hawkeye in the pic? I loved Mash and he was much loved. Amongst the madness he was the ‘sensible’ one! He was a bit naughty at times which made it all the better. RIP Christopher!

    • Ric  

      Maybe, Ann Blanch, just maybe Hawks was the one taking the photo? That must be it, do you think?

  3. Geoff Smith  

    Still watching repeats, it still has something to offer.

  4. Chris  

    What a wonderful series was MASH. We have watched it all so many times & never get tired of it.RIP William Christopher , you will never be forgotten.

  5. Edna J  

    Still watching the repeats of repeats. How sad. Where did all the years go to?

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