Best known to “M*A*S*H” fans as Father Frances Mulcahy, William Christopher died December 31 in Pasadena, California as a result of lung cancer at the age of 84.
Before becoming known on the screen, Christopher performed on the stage Including “The Hostage” and “Beyond the Fringe”. Christopher and fellow “M*A*S*H” star Jamie Farr were a part of the touring cast for “The Odd Couple”.
Appearing in just over three dozen productions, Christopher made his screen debut in 1965 as a patient in an episode of “12 O’Clock High. Other roles in his near 40 year career include “The Patty Duke Show”, “The Fortune Cookie” under the credit of Bill Christopher, “The Andy Griffith Show”, a bank teller in an episode of “Death Valley Days”, four episodes of “Hogen’s Heroes”, private Lester Hummel in 16 episodes of “Gomer Pyle, USMC”, “With Six You Get Eggroll”, “That Girl”,
The Virginian”, “Columbo”, “Good Times” 213 episodes of “M*A*S*H” and 30 episodes of “After M*A*S*H”, “The Love Boat”, “Murder, She Wrote”, six episodes of “The Smurfs” as Angel Smurf and various other voices, “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”, and his final role in 2012 in eleven episodes of the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” as Father Tobias.
He also devoted his time to autism advocacy and the National Autistic Society. The father of an autistic child, Christopher and his wife penned a book “Mixed Blessings” about their experiences in raising an autistic child.
He was born October 20, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois but attended high school in Winnetka, Illinois before attending Wesleyan University where he majored in drama. At college Christopher was also a member of the Glee Club and participated in soccer and fencing.
Christopher is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Barbara and sons Ned and John.
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