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Wayne Rogers (1933 - 2015)

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Wayne Rogers (1933 - 2015)

Wayne Rogers, who starred as the beloved Trapper John McIntyre on TV's "M*A*S*H," died Dec. 31, 2015, of complications of pneumonia, The Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly report. He was 82.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rogers graduated from Princeton in 1954 with a degree in history. He turned to acting after serving in the Navy, co-starring in “Stagecoach West” from 1960-61. But he's known best for his iconic turn as Army surgeon Trapper John on "M*A*S*H," one of the most popular series in TV history. His character’s wisecracks and high jinks with his on-air partner-in-crime, Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce, landed him deep in the affections of the show’s fans, despite the fact that Rogers only appeared in the first three of the show’s 11 seasons.

Rogers remained a television fixture into the early 1990s, appearing on numerous shows, such as his recurring role on "Murder, She Wrote." He also turned an interest in finance that he developed during his "M*A*S*H" years into a lucrative later career as a money manager and investor. In August 2006, Rogers was elected to the board of directors of Vishay Intertechnology Inc. He also served as the head of Wayne Rogers & Co., a stock trading and investment company. He also appeared regularly as a panelist on the Fox News stock investment program, “Cashin' In.”

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According to The Associated Press, Rogers is survived by his wife, Amy; two children, Bill and Laura; and four grandchildren.

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