William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as Father John Mulcahy on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H,” has died.
KABC reports that Christopher’s son, John, announced that the actor died from non-small cell lung cancer at his home in Pasadena. William had been diagnosed last year, and had been in hospice care since the beginning of the week.
Christopher played the role of Father John Mulcahy on “M*A*S*H” from 1972 to 1983, and in the spin-off, “After M*A*S*H*” from 1983 to 1985.
“M*A*S*H” co-star Loretta Swit has released a statement:
Our dear Bill and his goodness are a great argument for there being a heaven. I never heard him complain or lose his temper. Everyone adored him. A great sense of humor and a great humanitarian. He became TV’s quintessential padre as Father Mulcahy on ‘M*A*S*H.’ It was the most perfect casting ever known. He was probably responsible for more people coming back to the church. If God is nigh, then surely he or she will welcome Bill with open arms.
Yahoo! News reports that Alan Alda, Christopher’s “M*A*S*H” co-star, tweeted the following: “His pals from #MASH miss Bill powerfully. His kind strength, his grace and gentle humor weren’t acted. They were Bill. #WilliamChristopher.”
William was 84 years old.
Sources: KABC, Yahoo! News / Photo credit: National Park Service/Flickr, CBS/20th TV via Deadline, CindyCelebs/Famous Fix