Sunday, 1 January 2017

RIP William Christopher

2016 sadly ended with one more celebrity death; William Christopher, Father Mulcahy of M*A*S*H, passed away at the age of 84.

Christopher started out in theatre, making his Broadway debut opposite Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in Beyond the Fringe, but left New York for Hollywood and a bid to break into television. Roles in Gomer Pyle and Hogan's Heroes followed before he got his most famous role as the chaplain of the 4077 mobile hospital in M*A*S*H, replacing George Morgan who had played the role in the series pilot. He starred in the show from 1972 to the series finale in 1983, before continuing in the role for two seasons of the spin-off show AfterMASH. In later years he appeared in Murder, She Wrote and Made About You, whilst his films included roles in The Fortune Cookie and With Six You Get Eggroll. In his spare time he did much charity work for the National Autistic Society as his son Ned had autism. In 1985, he and his wife wrote the book Mixed Blessings about their experiences bringing up Ned. 


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