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'M*A*S*H' actor William Christopher dies at 84

William Christopher, far right, was best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the 1970s TV show <em>M*A*S*H</em>. He died Saturday in California at the age of 84.
William Christopher, far right, was best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the 1970s TV show M*A*S*H. He died Saturday in California at the age of 84.
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William Christopher, an actor best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the sitcom "M*A*S*H," has died at the age of 84. Christopher's agent, Robert Malcolm, told The Associated Press he died early Saturday morning at home in Pasadena, Calif., after a battle with lung cancer.

Christopher also had recurring roles on shows like "Gomer Pyle: USMC" and "Hogan's Heroes." But it was his performance as Mulcahy that would come to be his signature role. "M*A*S*H," which was based on a hit 1970 movie of the same name, debuted in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons — all of which featured Christopher.

As the U.S. Army chaplain at a mobile surgical hospital, Christopher's Father Mulcahy was the moral compass of the show.

After "M*A*S*H," Christopher had a number of cameos on popular shows, like "The Love Boat" and "Good Times."

Christopher and his wife, Barbara, adopted two sons, one of whom had autism. They co-authored a book together called "Mixed Blessings" about the joys and struggles of parenting an autistic child.

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