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M*A*S*H star Wayne Rogers has died at the age of 82

Rogers passed away from complications of pneumonia while surrounded by his family in Los Angeles, his publicist Rona Menashe said.

The formed half of one of the most beloved duos in TV history, despite Mr. Rogers’s appearing in only the first three of the show’s 11 seasons on CBS.

M*A*S*H” ran until 1983.

In the film, it was Elliott Gould that played the Trapper John character and Donald Sutherland was Hawkeye.

But Rogers left the series in a contract dispute in 1975, his character written off as having been discharged, replaced by Mike Farrell’s B.J. Hunnicutt.

Wayne was a Princeton graduate and Navy veteran before finding his true passion in acting.

Rogers later said that had he known the show would last so long he might have “kept my mouth shut and stayed put”.

The Alabama-born performer continued to act after leaving the cult TV series and was hailed for his talent.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Rogers appeared in the Paul Newman films “Cool Hand Luke”, “WUSA” and “Pocket Money” and guest-starred on “The FBI” in several roles. He also enjoyed success as a real estate and stock investor.

He was additionally the top of Wayne Rogers & Co., a inventory buying and selling funding company.

Wayne Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. In his personal life, Rogers married and had two children with Mitzi McWhorter. After divorcing, he Wednesday producer Amy Hirsh in 1988.

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