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."
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.
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.
William Christopher, who played kind-hearted priest Father Mulcahy in the TV series M*A*S*H, has died at 84. The actor, who was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, died at home in Pasadena, California, on Saturday. He appeared in all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H, a bittersweet comedy about the life of a US medical unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. The show ran from 1972-1983. Its finale drew 106 million viewers, a record at the time.