Actor William Christopher, Father John Mulcahy on “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday

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On “M*A*S*H,” Christopher served as the moral compass for the show revolving around the unruly doctors and nurses running a mobile Army surgical unit, the 4077th, during the Korean War.Father Mulcahy frequently struggled to offer spiritual guidance and pastoral care amid the horror of war. Before “M*A*S*H,” Christopher worked steadily on TV in character roles on such series as “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “That Girl” and the James Garner drama “Nichols.” Christopher studied drama at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. His Broadway debut came during the 1962-64 run of “Beyond the Fringe” with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. Christopher’s notable film roles included 1966’s “The Fortune Cookie,” 1968’s “The Shakiest Gun in the West” and “With Six You Get Egg Roll” and 1975’s “Hearts of the West.”

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