Wayne Rogers

April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015

Sometimes, you just have to walk away. That’s exactly what Wayne Rogers did in 1975 when he left the massively successful sitcom, M*A*S*H after playing “Trapper” John McIntyre for the show’s first 72 episodes. Similar to fellow M*A*S*H alumnus (and fellow season 3 departer,) McLean Stevenson, Rogers – despite enjoying his time on the show immensely – grew tired of constantly playing second fiddle to Alan Alda’s “Hawkeye” Pierce. When signing on to do the show, he was promised that Trapper and Hawkeye would be equals, but as time went on, Rogers felt that Alda was getting all the good lines and all the good moments and it was time to leave the 4077th.  In the end, Rogers had a fine post-M*A*S*H career and even went on to a very successful livelihood in finance, becoming both an investor and regular panelist on the Fox Business Network. At the age of 82, Rogers died of pneumonia on New Years Eve.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Just to the south of the Sanctuary of Remembrance on the east side of the park, there’s an exterior corridor of wall crypts. Wayne is buried on the right as you enter, in the first column, 5 spaces up.

 

 

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