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‘MASH’ Star William Christopher Dies at 84

Actor Succumbs to His Battle with Lung Cancer

William Christopher, who is remembered for his 11-season stint as Father Francis Mulcahy on CBS sitcom “MASH,” passed away died today following a battle with lung cancer. He was 84, and died in his Pasadena home according to his son, John, who made the news public.

Born on Oct. 20, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, William Christopher made the guest star rounds with one-shot appearances in series like “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Patty Duke Show” and “The Men from Shiloh,” and recurring roles on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” “That Girl” and “Hogan’s Heroes.” His big break, of course, was “MASH,” which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983 and spun-off “AfterMASH” from 1983-84.

Christopher also held guest roles on shows such as “The Love Boat,” “Good Times” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Mad About You” among many others. His film roles included “The Fortune Cookie,” “The Private Navy of Sht. O’Farrell,” “The Shakiest Gun in the West,” “With Six You Get Eggroll” and “Hearts of the West.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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