Saturday, 31 December 2016

Another Gone From The Cast Of MASH

The celebrity death toll for 2016 has been desperately large and the grim pleasure of the final star to fail to see in 2017 goes to M*A*S*H* actor William Christopher or Father Francis Mulcahy as he is probably better known.
To anyone over 40, M*A*S*H* was one of the most loved television series and almost always makes an appearance in the list of TV critics best ever shows.
The show may be over 40 years old but it still appears regularly on TV stations still today which is testament to the amazing writing and strength of the characters in the series.
My favourite was always Hawkeye Pierce played by the very underrated Alan Alda and Harry Morgans character Colonel Sherman Potter but all the characters, even the minor ones, were great to watch and it always amused me to see some actors cutting their acting teeth in the show who would become big names such as Patrick Swayze, Ron Howard, Leslie Nielsen and Shelley Long. 
As the show was around from 1972, most of the shows actors are now in their 70s and 80s so who have we lost from the 4077?
Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) is still alive and kicking as is Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit),  Max Klinger (Jamie Farr), Radar (Gary Burghoff), BJ Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell) and Charles Emerson Winchester III (David Ogden Stiers). 
Sadly bugged out are Col. Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan), Dr. Sidney Freedman (Allan Arbus), Trapper John McIntyre (Wayne Rogers), Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson), Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and now Father Mulcahy (William Christopher).

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