Vale: William Christopher

US actor William Christopher, best known for M.A.S.H. has died, aged 84.

He died from non-lung small cell carcinoma on Saturday at his home in California.

Christopher played the soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on MASH from 1972-1983. He served as the moral compass for the show who frequently struggled to offer spiritual guidance and pastoral care amid the horror of the Korean War.

Variety notes he landed the role after producers decided to recast the actor who played Father Mulcahy in the pilot, George Morgan, who had no lines. He also featured in the spinoff series AfterMASH, which ran from 1983-85.

Before MASH Christopher worked steadily on TV in character roles on The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, Hogan’s Heroes, That Girl, Nichols, The Patty Duke Show, Death Valley Days, The Virginian and Alias Smith and Jones.

His other credits included Days of Our Lives, The Smurfs, Mad About You, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Team Knight Rider.

Film credits included The Fortune Cookie, The Shakiest Gun in the West, With Six You Get Egg Roll and Hearts of the West.

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