SATURDAY, Dec. 31, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on the “M*A*S*H” TV series, died early this morning at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 84 and had been battling small cell carcinoma.
ABCNews, TMZ and People.com were among several sources that reported the news of his death, citing both Christopher’s agent and his son, John Christopher, as having made the news public.
Christopher was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Evanston, Illinois. His acting career began with numerous regional and Off Broadway productions during the 1950s, leading to his Broadway debut in the British revue “Beyond the Fringe.”
He later moved to Hollywood, where he found work in a number of popular television shows during the 1960s, including recurring roles on “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and “That Girl.”
Christopher was probably best known as the soft-spoken Army chaplain Father John Mulcahy, a role he landed in 1972 and played for 11 seasons on “M*A*S*H.”
He also appeared in several feature films, including “The Fortune Cookie” and “With Six You Get Eggroll.”
Christopher’s son, Ned, has autism, and Christopher devoted much of his spare time to working in behalf of the National Autistic Society, promoting awareness though public service announcements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and sons John and Ned.