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William Christopher, Actor Known as Father Mulcahy on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 84

Veteran character actor succumbed to non-lung small cell carcinoma

William Christopher, best known to fans of classic sitcoms as Father Mulcahy on “M*A*S*H” has died after losing a battle with cancer. He was 84.

His son, John Christopher, confirmed to ABC Eyewitness News that his father passed from non-lung small cell carcinoma at his home in Pasadena, California, New Year’s Eve morning.

Christopher began his acting career on the stage in various regional productions and eventually on Broadway in the British revue, “Beyond the Fringe.” A move from New York to Hollywood led to guest appearances on many popular shows of the 1960s, like “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” “That Girl,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Love Boat,” and, later on, “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mad About You” and “The Odd Couple.”

His big break, however, came in 1972 when he joined the cast of the Korean War comedy “M*A*S*H” as Father Mulcahy, and later took the role to the series’ spinoff “AfterMASH” in 1983.

He later appeared in the films “The Fortune Cookie,” “The Shakiest Gun in the West” and “With Six You Get Egg Roll,” to name a few.