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Wayne Rogers was one of the original cast members on TV's "M*A*S*H"
The actor was also a shrewd businessman, real estate investor; produced Neil Simon plays
(CNN)Wayne Rogers, who portrayed wisecracking Army surgeon "Trapper John" McIntyre in the first three seasons of TV's "M*A*S*H," died Thursday, his publicist Rona Menashe told Reuters.
He was 82.
Rogers died of complications from pneumoniacharacter was played by Elliott Gould in the 1970 movie.
As former "M*A*S*H" writer Ken Levine notes, Rogers was "frustrated" because Trapper John and Hawkeye were supposed to be equals. But Hawkeye proved more popular with the public.
Rogers later said that had he realized "M*A*S*H" would last so long, he might have "kept my mouth shut and stayed put," according to Reuters.
But Rogers never had a problem with his castmates, and he and Alda stayed friends long after he left the show.
In a tweet, Alda said, "He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated. We made a pact to give MASH all we had and it bonded us. I loved Wayne. I'll miss him very much."
Nominally based on the 1970 Robert Altman film, the TV series "M*A*S*H" -- which premiered in 1972 -- focused on doctors of the 4077th MASH (an acronym for mobile Army surgical hospital) unit. The show didn't shy away from blood, featuring numerous scenes in the camp's operating theater.
Later seasons were even more unsentimental. The show dropped its already-limited laugh track. Its widely-watched 1983 finale ran more than two hours.
Rogers had other TV and movie roles, including a turn as San Francisco surgeon Charley Michaels in the TV comedy "House Calls" from 1979 to 1982.
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Rogers was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1933. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history, and though he did some acting with a group out of college, he didn't devote himself to it full time until after military service in the 1950s.
Even then, he didn't limit himself. A shrewd businessman -- he later became a notable real estate developer and investor, with producing credits on several Neil Simon stage hits --
Before "M*A*S*H" came along, Rogers' roles included spots on several Westerns, "The Fugitive," "Combat!" and "Cannon."
Besides "House Calls," his post-"M*A*S*H" credits included playing himself in "The Larry Sanders Show," a recurring character on "Murder, She Wrote" and Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder Morris Dees in "Ghosts of Mississippi." He continued acting until the early 2000s.
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