“Forgotten Hollywood”- One More For the Road…

Posted on December 31, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`William Christopher played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H through the entire run of the television series. He was a member of one of the most spectacular ensembles ever on a weekly program; a group that included Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson,  Larry Linville, Wayne Rogers, Jamie Farr, Gary Burghoff, Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, David Ogden Stiers, and Harry Morgan. Before William Christopher (right) made his mark on the iconic show, he played Private Hummel on Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Though cast occasionally in films, it was the small screen he called home.

“`Christopher began his career in off-Broadway productions. He left the New York City stage for Hollywood, where he guest-starred in several well-known sit-coms and dramas, including The Andy Griffith Show, Death Valley Days, The Patty Duke Show, Hogan’s Heroes, That Girl, and later, Murder She WroteGood Times, Mad About You; plus, a couple of episodes of The Love Boat.

“`In feature films, Christopher co-starred in No Time for Sergeants, The Fortune Cookie, The Shakiest Gun in the West, and With Six You Get Eggroll. Frequently sharing screen time with his close friend, Jamie Farr, they also toured together during the mid-1990s in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on stage.

“`Christopher, whose son Ned suffers from autism, devoted much of his spare time to the National Autistic Society, doing public service announcements to bring attention to the affliction. In 1985, William and wife Barbara penned Mixed Blessings, a love story about raising children with special needs.

“`The affable William Christopher was 84. Now PLEASE, bring on 2017.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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