Friday, December 31, 2010

Wayne Rogers who played "Trapper" John McIntyre on the TV Show "M*A*S*H"

Wayne Rogers was born William Wayne McMillan Rogers III in April of 1933 in Alabama.  Rogers is best known for his role as  "Trapper" John McIntyre on the TV Show "M*A*S*H".  He is also well known as Dr. Charley Michaels on the TV series "House Calls" that aired at the tail end of the "M*A*S*H" era.

Wayne Rogers as "Trapper" John McIntyre on the TV show "M*A*S*H"

Rogers got his acting start appearing in the 1959 film "Odds Against Tomorrow" starring Harry Belafonte, Shelley Winters, Robert Ryan, Ed Begley, and Gloria Grahame.  That was followed shortly that same year by his TV debut in the series "Zane Grey Theater" in the episode titled "The Lonely Gun" starring Dick Powell.  That year he also appeared in "Search for Tomorrow" and made his first of several appearances in the TV series "Gunsmoke" with James Arness.

In 1960 Wayne had a run of TV series appearances including "Wanted: Dead or Alive" with Steve McQueen; "The Millionaire", three episodes of "Law of the Plainsman" starring Michael Ansara and Gina Gillespie; and "Johnny Ringo" starring Don Durant.   It was that year that he landed his first recurring role in a series as Luke Perry in "Stagecoach West" co-starring Robert Bray and Richard Eyer.  He played the role for the full two year run of the show.

Wayne Rogers as Luke Perry in "Stagecoach West" 1960

After "Stagecoach West", Rogers appeared in another string of TV shows such as "The Dick Powell Theatre" (1962); "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1962); "Have Gun - Will Travel" with Richard Boone, Kam Tong and Hal Needham (1963); "The Great Adventure" starring Eddie Little Sky, Kent Smith, Van Heflin, Ricardo Montalban, Carroll O'Connor, Marion Ross, Claude Akins, Noah Beery Jr., and Joseph Cotten;"Arrest and Trial" starring Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors and Roger Perry (1963); "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." starring Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton and Ronnie Schell (1964); "Death Valley Days" starring Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Don Haggerty, Jim Davis, and Ronald Reagan (1965); "The Glory Guys" starring Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, James Caan, Slim Pickens, and Senta Berger (1965); and through 1959 to 1965, Rogers guest starred in 3 episodes of "Gunsmoke" starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, and Amanda Blake.

Wayne continued into the decade by guest starring in shows such as "Honey West" starring Anne Francis, John Ericson and Irene Hervey (1965); "The Long, Hot Summer" starring Roy Thinnes, Nancy Malone, Paul Geary, and Lana Wood (2 episodes 1965-66); "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen, William Conrad and Barry Morse (1966); "Combat!" starring Vic Morrow, Rick Jason and Pierre Jalbert (1966); "12 O'Clock High" starring Paul Burke, Chris Robinson and Frank Overton (1966); "Chamber of Horrors" co-starring Patrick O'Neal, Cesare Danova, Laura Devon, and Wilfrid Hyde-White (1966); the series "Shane" co-starring David Carradine, Jill Ireland and Christopher Shea (1966); in 1966 and ending in 1970, Rogers began a 7 episode run on the show "The F.B.I." co-starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott and Marvin Miller.

Wayne Rogers then

Rogers starred in the film classic "Cool Hand Luke" co-starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy and Strother Martin (1967); "The Big Valley" starring Richard Long, Peter Breck, Barbara Stanwyck, Linda Evans, and Lee Majors (1968); and "Lancer" (1968);

Wayne Rogers and Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke"

Rogers began the '70s starring in "WUSA" with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins, Pat Hingle, and Cloris Leachman (1970); "Men at Law" starring Robert Foxworth, Sheila Larken and David Arkin (1971); "Cannon" starring William Conrad, Patrick Culliton and Tom Pittman (1971);

It was in 1972 that Wayne Rogers won the role of "Trapper" John McIntyre on the tv show "M*A*S*H" co-starring Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce), Loretta Swit ("Hot lips" Houlihan), Larry Linville (Frank Burns), Gary Burghoff (Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly), Jamie Farr (Corpal Max Clinger) and McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake).  Rogers played this character until 1975 when because of a dispute in a new contract, he as well as McLean Stevenson chose to leave the show, unhappy with their minor roles.  Both would admit later regretting the decision to leave after the series continued on to be a huge hit for another seven seasons.  Roger's character was replaced by B. J. Hunnicut, played by Mike Farrell, who would become tent mates with "Hawkeye". Later, Rogers would be offered to reprise the role in the series "Trapper John M.D.", but turned it down  because he did not want to be stuck in a rut of playing doctor roles.  This is quite ironic because he took on the role of a doctor in another show "House Calls" around the same time.

Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre) of the TV show "M*A*S*H"
Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) and Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre) of the TV show "M*A*S*H"
Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) and Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre) in their down time antics on the TV show "M*A*S*H" as Loretta Swit ("Hot lips" Houlihan) and Larry Linville (Frank Burns) stand in the background.

During his run on "M*A*S*H", Rogers also made appearances in "Pocket Money" co-starring Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Hector Elizondo, and Christine Belford (1972); "Barnaby Jones" starring Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether and John Carter (1972); "Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan" co-starring Ned Beatty, John Beck, Dabney Coleman, Rip Torn, and Billy Green Bush (1975); 

Some cast members of the TV show "M*A*S*H" Front:  Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake), Gary Burghoff ("Radar O'Reilly).  Back: Loretta Swit ("Hot lips" Houlihan), Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) , Larry Linville (Frank Burns)
Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) and Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre) of the TV show "M*A*S*H".  Background: McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake), Larry Linville (Frank Burns), and Gary Burghoff ("Radar O'Reilly)
Some cast members of the TV show "M*A*S*H" Left to Right:  Larry Linville (Frank Burns), Loretta Swit ("Hot lips" Houlihan), Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce) , McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake), Wayne Rogers ("Trapper" John McIntyre), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Gary Burghoff ("Radar O'Reilly), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Kllinger)

After his "M*A*S*H" days, Wayne Rogers starred in the TV movie "The November Plan" co-starring Elaine Joyce, Diane Ladd, Meredith Baxter, Philip Sterling, and Steve Kanaly (1976); That same year he landed a role on the TV show based on "The November Plan" and Jake Axminster in "City of Angels" co-starring Meredith Baxter and Steve Kanaly.

Rogers also starred in "Having Babies II" co-starring Tony Bill, Cliff Gorman, Lee Meriwether, Susan Sullivan, and Carol Lynley (1977); "It Happened One Christmas" co-starring Marlo Thomas, Orson Welles, Cloris Leachman, and Dick O'Neill  (1977); "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" co-starring Louise Fletcher, Bert Convy, Shannon Wilcox, and Robert Reed (1978); and the film "Once in Paris..." co-starring Gayle Hunnicutt and Jack Lenoir (1978).  In 1979, Rogers began playing the role of Dr. Charley Michaels in the TV series "House Calls" co-starring Lynn Redgrave, Ray Buktenica, and David Wayne.  He played the role for four years until the show ended in 1982.

Wayne Rogers in 1978

Wayne Rogers and Lynn Redgraves of the TV show "House Calls"

During his time on "House Calls", Wayne Rogers also starred in "Top of the Hill" co-starring Adrienne Barbeau, Sonny Bono, Rae Dawn Chong, Denise DuBarry, Gary Lockwood, Carmen Mathews, Elke Sommer and Peter Brown (1980); and "The Hot Touch" co-starring Marie-France Pisier, Lloyd Bochner, Samantha Eggar, and Patrick Macnee (1981);

After "House Calls", Rogers starred in movies and shows such as "Chiefs" a 1983 mini-series co-starring Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine and Stephen Collins; "He's Fired, She's Hired" co-starring Karen Valentine, Novella Nelson, Martha Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley, and Mimi Kuzyk (1984); "The Lady from Yesterday" co-starring Bonnie Bedelia and Pat Hingle (1985).

In 1985, Rogers reprised the role once played by Larry Hagman as Tony Nelson in "I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later" after Hagman was unavailable.  Rogers co-starred with Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke, Belita Moreno, Mackenzie Astin, and Nicole Eggert.  That same year Wayne starred in "The Gig" with Cleavon Little and Andrew Duncan.

Rogers finished out the '80s with roles in "One Terrific Guy" co-starring Mariette Hartley, Laurence Luckinbill (1986); "The Girl Who Spelled Freedom" co-starring Mary Kay Place and Kieu Chinh (1986); "American Harvest" aka "Race Against the Harvest" co-starring Mariclare Costello and Fredric Lehne (1987); "The Killing Time" co-starring Beau Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Joe Don Baker, Camelia Kath, and Shiri Appleby (1987); "Drop-Out Mother" co-starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane, and Kim Hunter (1988); "Bluegrass" co-starring Cheryl Ladd, Diane Ladd, Mickey Rooney, (1988); "High Risk" co-starring Mary Lou Retton (1988); and "Passion and Paradise" co-starring Armand Assante, Catherine Mary Stewart, Mariette Hartley, Rod Steiger, and Gwynyth Walsh (1989).

In the 1990s, Rogers starred in "Miracle Landing" co-starring Connie Sellecca, Ana Alicia, and Nancy Kwan (1990); "The Goodbye Bird" co-starring Christopher Pettiet, Cindy Pickett and Concetta Tomei (1993); from 1993 to 1995, Rogers played Charlie Garrett in 5 episodes of "Murder, She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury, William Windom and Ron Masak; "Ghosts of Mississippi" co-starring Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Virginia Madsen, Susanna Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, and Alexa Vega (1996); "Diagnosis Murder" starring Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke and Victoria Rowell (1997); and "Love Lies Bleeding" co-starring Paul Rhys, Emily Raymond, Faye Dunaway, Malcolm McDowell, and Nancy Bishop (1999).

Wayne Rogers in 2002

In the new millennium, Rogers starred in "Coo Coo Cafe" starring Sebastian MacLean, Barbara Carrera, Lalesha Railsback, and Paul F. McCarthy (2000); "Frozen with Fear" co-starring Bo Derek and  Stephen Shellen (2000); "Three Days of Rain" co-starring Penelope Allen, Erick Avari, Alimi Ballard, Blythe Danner, Peter Falk, and Heather Kafka (2002); "Miracle Dogs" co-starring Kate Jackson, Ted Shackelford, Stacy Keach, Daniel Roebuck, and Alana Austin (2003); and the last known role that Wayne Rogers played was in the film "Nobody Knows Anything!" co-starring Linda Black, Alan Blumenfeld, Carmine Caridi, Margaret Cho, and Mike Connors (2003).

Some of the "M*A*S*H" cast members reunite in 2009.  Front: William Christopher, Loretta Swit, Alan Alda  Back: Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell

Wayne Rogers today

In recent times, Wayne Rogers has succeeded as a businessman and investor.  He is chairman and owner of his own investment company as well as being an co-owner or chair person in other companies.