William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Father Francis Mulcahy on the hit series "MASH," has died at 84 in his Pasadena home, according to media reports. Christopher began his acting career in New York City in several off-Broadway productions that eventually led to Broadway shows. But it was "MASH" that made Christopher famous. A Methodist off-camera, he played the kindly Catholic priest in more than 200 episodes of the smash series, from 1972 to 1983. Christopher also appeared in the short-lived spinoff "After MASH."
Mark Mulcahy is the kind of musician that people proselytize about; several years ago, I started doing it myself. He's has had a long and varied career--with his band Miracle Legion, beginning in the eighties; with his band Polaris, the house band on "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" in the nineties; with solo work; and with musical theatre. In 2008, at the Vineyard Theatre, I saw "The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island," one of five opera collaborations that Mulcahy did with the cartoonist Ben Katchor. "Slug Bearers" created a visually entrancing, gently weird world; the music was fantastic. I was writing about theatre regularly then, and was anxious about where musical theatre was headed.
GWEN IFILL: Now a "NewsHour" Shares, something that caught our eye that we thought might be of interest to you. A town in Washington state is home to a group of seven former lab chimpanzees who have been given a second chance to live out their lives in the rural pastures of Cle Elum, where they are honorary citizens. The story comes to us from PBS station KCTS in Seattle. JB MULCAHY, Co-Director, Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW: Diana and I have been here a couple months prior to the chimps' arrival. Now it's been a little over eight years that we have been with the chimps.
Ruth Draper was born in New York in 1884. When she was very young, she entertained her siblings by sitting on a window seat in the nursery of her family's brownstone, on East Forty-seventh Street, and imitating grownups they knew, among them the tailor who made their clothes. By the time she was in her mid-thirties, she was performing, alone, on stages all over the world. She wrote all her own material. She abhorred publicity and gave virtually no interviews until the end of her life, when a new manager insisted, yet she filled theatres, often for long runs, on Broadway, in the West End, and elsewhere.