William Wayne McMillan Rogers III was born on April 7, 1933, in Birmingham, Alabama; this places him firmly in the Aries zodiac sign and also gives him American citizenship; he is best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running television series M*A*S*H. He left this world in 2015.
Why did Wayne Rogers leave MASH?
Although it has been speculated that Wayne’s departure from “M*A*S*H” was due to his strained relationships with the show’s other cast members, the real reason for his departure was that he was just tired of playing. Following his departure, he abandoned performing in favor of other interests, including the stock market and other forms of investment.
Wayne Rogers Work after “M*A*S*H”
After “M*A*S*H” wrapped, Wayne opted to pursue a career in finance instead of acting; he later testified before the US House Committee on the Judiciary in regard to the 1933 Glass-Steagall Legislation Act. In August of 2006, he was promoted to chairman of the board at Wayne Rogers & Co. and director at Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
Wayne Rogers Cause of Death
Wayne Rogers, 82 years old, passed away in Los Angeles, California on New Year’s Eve 2015 from complications related to pneumonia. William Christopher, another “M*A*S*H” cast member, passed away on the same day a year later.
Some Major Works Done by Wayne Rogers
On NBC’s situation comedy ‘M*A*S*H’ (short for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), Wayne Rogers played Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre, an impetuous and enthusiastic thoracic surgeon who was the perfect counterpart for the jaded and pragmatic chief surgeon Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda).
The show’s creators were moved to adapt the series after watching the 1970 American satirical dark comedy ‘Mash,’ which was based on Richard Hooker’s 1968 novel ‘MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.’
The book followed the zany efforts of the medical staff at a U.S. Army hospital during the Korean War to keep their spirits up in the face of a grim reality.
Before deciding that Pierce was too cynical, Rogers had planned to apply for the role. Instead, the optimistic McIntyre was requested to have him screen test for the role. He agreed to play the role after being assured that his two personalities would be given equal treatment.
He departed the program in 1975 because he thought Alan Alda was getting unfair treatment from the writers, despite the show’s critical and economic success and its spectacular 11-season run (1972-1983).
Rogers countersued the producers who had sued him for breach of contract. After a year of litigation, the dispute was resolved.
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