Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on “M.A.S.H.,” died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 82.
Rogers’ army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters in TV history, despite appearing in only the first three of the show’s 11 seasons on CBS. He was on “M.A.S.H.” from 1972 to 1975.
An Alabama native and Princeton University graduate, Rogers had parts on many short-lived shows early in his career, specializing in westerns like “Law of the Plainsman” and “Stagecoach West.”
In the years after “M.A.S.H.” he returned to TV regularly, including a recurring role in the early 1990s on “Murder, She Wrote.” He moved beyond acting to see serious success later in life as a money manager and investor. In recent years he was a regular panelist on the Fox News stock investment show “Cashin’ In.”
He is survived by his wife Amy, two children, and four grandchildren.
Bill Cosby thanks his fans
Bill Cosby tweeted a brief message to fans following his arrest on a sexual assault charge. The message says, “Friends and fans, Thank You.” It was sent from Cosby’s Twitter account. The 78-year-old comedian was charged this week with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 inside his home. It’s the first criminal case brought against Cosby out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image. Cosby’s attorney has said the charge is unjustified and predicted his client will be exonerated. Cosby is free on $1 million bail pending trial.
Settled: A woman injured in a fatal crash involving Caitlyn Jenner settled her lawsuit against the Olympic gold medalist. Jessica Steindorff had sought unspecified damages against Jenner in the Feb. 7 crash that killed one woman and injured several others along the Malibu coast. No terms of the settlement were made public. Jenner, 66, rear-ended two cars — a Lexus driven by Kim Howe and a Prius driven by Steindorff. Howe, 69, was killed. Howe’s stepchildren are suing Jenner for wrongful death.
Charged: A home health aide to 98-year-old renowned architect I.M. Pei was charged with assaulting him inside his New York City home. Pei told police that 28-year-old Eter Nikolaishvili grabbed his arm and forcefully twisted it Dec. 13. The aide was arraigned on a charge of felony assault. She was released without bail. Pei’s designs include the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts and the glass and steel pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.