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BeccaLeo1972

Posted:
1/1/2016 2:56:57 AM

RIP: Wayne Rogers

http://www.tmz.com/2015/12/31/wayne-rogers-dead-mash/ Rest in Peace Wayne. You were my favorite portrayal of John F.X. "Trapper" McIntyre.

maximom

Posted:
1/1/2016 3:02:30 AM

So sad!! What a cheeky character he was. Thanks Wayne for bringing a terrific character to life on our screens. Is big daddy o Reilly still around here ? Sad day for mash fans

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
1/1/2016 3:12:29 AM

Wow, that actually made me chuckle. "Wayne Rogers has died, this is a really sad day for M*A*S*H fans, and oh, is Big Daddy O'Reilly still here?" XD Yes, I am; long time, no talk maximom!

I know I've been vocal about my preference of B.J. over Trapper as a character, however, Wayne was truly a talent and multi-faceted man whose had a very enjoyable career as an actor, and a successful life as a businessman.

I'm saddened that we've lost another fixture from the show, but I was actually thinking the other day how amazing it is that after all these years, so many other members of the cast are still alive and well, considering is seems like people from other shows from the 60s and 70s have been long gone.

I hope Alan is coping well; I know he and Wayne were particularly close, and their chemistry really shone through on screen.

maximom

Posted:
1/1/2016 4:11:19 AM

Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
Wow, that actually made me chuckle. "Wayne Rogers has died, this is a really sad day for M*A*S*H fans, and oh, is Big Daddy O'Reilly still here?" XD Yes, I am; long time, no talk maximom!

I know I've been vocal about my preference of B.J. over Trapper as a character, however, Wayne was truly a talent and multi-faceted man whose had a very enjoyable career as an actor, and a successful life as a businessman.

I'm saddened that we've lost another fixture from the show, but I was actually thinking the other day how amazing it is that after all these years, so many other members of the cast are still alive and well, considering is seems like people from other shows from the 60s and 70s have been long gone.

I hope Alan is coping well; I know he and Wayne were particularly close, and their chemistry really shone through on screen.

Sorry BDO I was typing from my new phone. .shocked and looking for a familiar "face " who I trusted would get my shock. Will catch up on a later thread..ty for responding. Remember years ago when some of us here were gathering autographs..it took me two years but I got my writing autograph. Mike Farrell I received in one week lol.

I miss this board. Gonna binge watch the series this week

Leo Bardanaro

Posted:
1/1/2016 9:30:39 AM

RIP Big John

wdm1219inpenna

Posted:
1/1/2016 11:49:50 AM

Found out about this last night around 10pm, just 2 short hours before the ball dropped. I was saddened to learn this news. I wasn't even aware that he was ill.

It gave me great pause to think he was 82. It's so weird how the younger characters didn't look or act 82, yet Harry Morgan, with all due respect, always looked to be 70+ and acted it too, yet he was only 60 when he began as Colonel Potter.

McLean, Larry, Harry and now Wayne. Seems odd how two sets of names rhyme too.

No doubt today I will watch many season 1 through 3 episodes from my DVD collection. That is the best and most loving way I can think of to remember and honor Wayne's memory. I also loved it when he was on "House Calls". Loved that show too.

He had an amazing acumen when it came to finances as well. Deepest condolences to Wayne's family, to Alan Alda, and to all of us here too...

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III
(April 7, 1933 - December 31, 2015)

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/1/2016 1:26:25 PM

...I knew these days were coming, when people on TV who I practically grew up watching started passing. But, I did not expect Wayne Rogers, one of my favorites, to go so soon. As the news scrolled across the bottom of the screen last night, I leaned forward and said to my wife, "Hold on.....!!" She asked what was wrong, and I told her to read along. I just slumped back in my chair, depressed for the night. For me, Wayne Rogers set much of the tone of MASH. Some people can do that...no matter how few or many lines they have. Rogers' presence did that, for me, adding a sort of positive yet cantankerous quality that I missed after he left. Gelbart, Stevenson, Linville, Rogers...sheesh. Quite a blow. I just saw him on Cashin' In, not too long ago. He always seemed like the grown-up in the bunch. Well, I've contacted his secretary, and hope she passes my message along to his family. God Bless Wayne Rogers for his decades of entertaining all of us.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
1/1/2016 1:41:19 PM

I wish Wayne Rogers would have hung around a little longer on MASH; I thought his character had a little more to give.
Kinda of an odd coincidence - I was staying with my folks for Christmas. My dad was watching an old western movie or TV show and I'm pretty sure that one of the characters was played by a very young and short-haired Wayne Rogers. I didn't stop to get the movie/show title and look it up; I just thought it unusual.

Hawkeye4077

Posted:
1/1/2016 2:48:55 PM

Cartoonistguy wrote:
...I knew these days were coming, when people on TV who I practically grew up watching started passing. But, I did not expect Wayne Rogers, one of my favorites, to go so soon. As the news scrolled across the bottom of the screen last night, I leaned forward and said to my wife, "Hold on.....!!" She asked what was wrong, and I told her to read along. I just slumped back in my chair, depressed for the night. For me, Wayne Rogers set much of the tone of MASH. Some people can do that...no matter how few or many lines they have. Rogers' presence did that, for me, adding a sort of positive yet cantankerous quality that I missed after he left. Gelbart, Stevenson, Linville, Rogers...sheesh. Quite a blow. I just saw him on Cashin' In, not too long ago. He always seemed like the grown-up in the bunch. Well, I've contacted his secretary, and hope she passes my message along to his family. God Bless Wayne Rogers for his decades of entertaining all of us.

Mark, I had just called and left the message before signing on here. When I found out it shocked me to no end either. We all know the day is coming and it will happen eventually. But, Wayne Rogers made it what it was for 3 memorable seasons. Rest In Peace, Wayne Rogers.

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/1/2016 5:59:30 PM

Hawkeye4077 wrote:
Mark, I had just called and left the message before signing on here. When I found out it shocked me to no end either. We all know the day is coming and it will happen eventually. But, Wayne Rogers made it what it was for 3 memorable seasons. Rest In Peace, Wayne Rogers.

Greg...shoot me an email. Ed and many others will testify that I'm notoriously horrible with phones. Still very sad about this. He seemed so vibrant, even at 82. TV Guide's funniest comedy duo has lost half it's members.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
1/1/2016 9:49:04 PM

I put on a couple season 2 episodes while piddling around the house today. I guess it was my little tribute or remembrance of Wayne Rogers. I saw time and time again opportunities to give Wayne/Trapper a line, but they all seemed to go to Alan/Hawkeye. I came to some understanding as to why he left when he did; I think I too would get tired of getting passed over again and again.
I'm still glad he was part of the show and will be missed.

Beth

Posted:
1/1/2016 10:57:04 PM

Rest in peace to a great actor. :( It's sad that all the original cast members (minus Gary) who were replaced (Henry, Frank, and now Trapper) have passed.

Hawkeye4077

Posted:
1/1/2016 11:07:50 PM

Cartoonistguy wrote:
Greg...shoot me an email. Ed and many others will testify that I'm notoriously horrible with phones. Still very sad about this. He seemed so vibrant, even at 82. TV Guide's funniest comedy duo has lost half it's members.

Hi Mark, I did, sent it to the one listed under your name here, earlier today.

Greg

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/1/2016 11:18:09 PM

Hawkeye4077 wrote:
Hi Mark, I did, sent it to the one listed under your name here, earlier today.

Greg

...that one's long gone. Try my full name, no apostrophe, full birth year (same as yours, or same year Stan Laurel passed), at Gmail.

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/2/2016 12:55:48 PM

...I do tire of these articles about Rogers, which have always been written, citing how the emphasis on Hawkeye over Trapper was due to Alda's portrayal becoming more popular with fans. My favorite episodes of MASH are ones where everyone was equal, and lines or focus was distributed evenly. I don't know how producers would know if one character was more popular than another, as opposed to a show just being popular...especially back in the 70's. Fan letters represent a small proportion of the masses, if they were used as a basis. My guess is the producers preferred to focus on Alda, and ratings certainly were not sliding so there was no reason they couldn't. If Alda and Rogers were such good friends and the show was so important to Alda, I'm surprised I've never read of him speaking up on behalf of Rogers, in an attempt to have him stay. I've never heard or read even a fragment about such a move on Alda's part.

FinestKindinTN

Posted:
1/3/2016 7:28:59 PM

Agreed

I wonder about the Alda/Rogers dynamic as well. As I looked at the credits over the years and saw Alda's name in additional roles other than actor (and both his father and brother as actors), I wonder how much backstage politics impacted the focus on the Hawkeye character. Even though Wayne was listed 2nd on the credits, Trapper didn't look to me to be the 2nd most important character.
I supposed I shouldn't complain too much, though. Regardless of what was done, the series was a success, and I still enjoy it 30+ years after its last episode.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
1/3/2016 9:23:03 PM

I just remembered one little scene, though I forget what episode it's from, where it's the dead of winter and a casualty is brought on and Frank pronounces dead because he can't feel a pulse, but Trapper knew the patient wasn't dead at all, just under severe hypothermia, and began operating on him; Frank gets pissy that Trapper contradicted him and questioned his medical training, but Trapper also said something to the extent of, "He got off lucky, if this was summer, he'd have bled to death."

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/3/2016 11:04:41 PM

...in Divided We Stand, Crisis, Deal Me Out, 5 O'clock Charlie or Rainbow Bridge, I just liked how everything was pretty even...among "all" the cast. Sure, Alda may have been in the lead, but Rogers, to me, was never a sidekick. Both were stars, with Hawkeye being made the greater of two leads. It was episodes, such as Payday, where Trapper "was" sort of written as an incidental sidekick, that bugged me. I don't think Rogers' asking that there be more Rainbow Bridges and less Paydays was asking much. I blame the producers, and "am" curious what went on behind the scenes, in terms of Alda. Rogers, himself, conceded Alda as Hawkeye became the lead among leads, and he had no issue with that.

Cartoonistguy

Posted:
1/10/2016 1:21:26 AM

Cashin' In pays tribute to Wayne Rogers, in an 8 minute piece.
http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/01/09/cashin-pays-tribute-extraordinary-life-and-spirit-wayne-rogers

Lt_Col_Burns

Posted:
4/6/2017 9:54:23 AM

It took me almost a year to watch an episode of MASH after Wayne Rogers passed. I only wished he had of stayed on the show.

Lt_Col_Burns

Posted:
4/6/2017 9:57:44 AM

FinestKindinTN wrote:
I wish Wayne Rogers would have hung around a little longer on MASH; I thought his character had a little more to give.
Kinda of an odd coincidence - I was staying with my folks for Christmas. My dad was watching an old western movie or TV show and I'm pretty sure that one of the characters was played by a very young and short-haired Wayne Rogers. I didn't stop to get the movie/show title and look it up; I just thought it unusual.

Starred in Cool Hand Luke, which had watched just before he died, and thought to myself at the time, he's still with us!

wdm1219inpenna

Posted:
4/19/2017 4:19:15 PM

Lt_Col_Burns wrote:
Starred in Cool Hand Luke, which had watched just before he died, and thought to myself at the time, he's still with us!

I've had similar ESP moments sadly. The day Mary Tyler Moore had died, I was watching a video with Ed Asner talking about her. When I was on vacation a couple years ago I was thinking about Batgirl from the 1967 Batman series, and the actress I learned later that day had died! I don't like having that kind of ESP. And of course William Christopher also dying on December 31st, but 2016...crazy.

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