Vale: Wayne Rogers


US actor Wayne Rogers, best known for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on MASH has died, aged 82.

He died on Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia.

Rogers played surgeon “Trapper” John for three seasons from 1972-75 but became one of the most popular characters, before being replaced by Mike Farrell as B.J. Hunnicut.

Other TV credits included Stagecoach West, Gunsmoke, Gomer Pyle USMC, The FBI, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, House Calls, Diagnosis Murder, Once Upon a Murder and Murder She Wrote.

He also replaced Larry Hagman as Major Tony Nelson in a telemovie, I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later and did not play the title role in the MASH spin-off Trapper John MD (which went to Pernell Roberts).

Film credits included The Glory Guys, Cool Hand Luke, The Goodbye Bird, The Killing Time, Ghosts from the Past and Frozen with Fear.

Variety reports in the 1990s, he began to invest in stocks and real estate and appeared regularly as a panelist on FOX Business Network’s Cashin’ In.


  1. I liked Trapper John much better than his replacement BJ Hunnicut. BJ was always too cynical and negative whereas Trapper was always positive and a fun sidekick to Hawkeye.

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