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Overview (4)

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameWilliam Wayne McMillan Rogers III
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Tough around the edges and with a handsome durability, Alabama-born Wayne Rogers had graduated from Princeton with a history degree in 1954 and joined the Navy before giving acting a thought. During his military service, however, he became associated with theater by happenstance and decided to give it a try after his discharge. He started things off by studying with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner and dancer Martha Graham at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He toiled for years in off-Broadway and regional plays ("Bus Stop", "No Time for Sergeants") and had a short stint on the daytime soap The Edge of Night (1956) before making a minor dent in films, including small roles in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), The Glory Guys (1965) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He also co-starred opposite Robert Bray in the short-lived TV western series Stagecoach West (1960) and co-produced and wrote the script for the cult sci-fi cheapie The Astro-Zombies (1968) in-between. It wasn't until 1972, when the 39-year-old Rogers nabbed the role of "Trapper John", a Korean War surgeon, in the classic comedy series M*A*S*H (1972), that he found the stardom that had eluded him for over a decade and a half. Alongside Alan Alda's "Hawkeye Pierce", the TV show was a huge hit and the two enjoyed equal success at the beginning. Slowly, however, Wayne's character started getting the short end of the stick as the wry, sardonic, highly appealing Alda became a resounding audience favorite. Frustrated at turning second-banana to Alda, he quit the series (his character was discharged) after three seasons amid a contractual dispute. Mike Farrell replaced him in the cohort role of "B.J. Hunnicut". TV movies came his way throughout the late '70s and a couple more comedy series, including House Calls (1979), in which Wayne received a Golden Globe nomination, but nothing would equal the success he found during the M*A*S*H (1972) years. Sporadic filming in Once in Paris... (1978), The Hot Touch (1981), The Gig (1985) and The Killing Time (1987) also failed to raise his amiable profile. In later years, Wayne found renewed respect as a businessman and investor, having managed the affairs of such stars as Peter Falk and James Caan, among others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Wayne Rogers is a well-known professional actor who was one of the stars of the television series M*A*S*H* and a Broadway producer. He is now a contributor to the Fox Business News network and has been involved in investment activities for over forty years. These include real estate development, business management of a number of motion picture personalities, and co-ventures with other prominent individuals and institutions. During this period, he has also been involved in developing and managing his own business ventures. He is presently Chairman of Wayne M. Rogers & Co, an investment strategy firm, and C.E.O. and Chairman of Stop-N-Save, LLC, which owns and operates convenience stores in the Southeast. He is Chairman of the Board of Kleinfeld, the famous wedding dress emporium in New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vishay Intertechnology, a corporation traded on the NYSE. He is on the Board of Trustees for The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. He is a founder of the Plaza Bank of Commerce in San Jose (acquired by Comerica) and has served on its advisory board.

Rogers became one of Hollywood's most popular stars (as measured by TVQ ratings as well as media pulse-takers) by portraying immensely affable leads in such programs as " House Calls " and " M*A*S*H." When TV Guide saluted the 50th anniversary of CBS-TV with a national survey, an American audience poll selected Wayne Rogers and Alan Alda as their favorite comedy duo of all time. But Rogers has always been an inveterate risk-taker and has never shied from a good "bad guy" role. Always relying on his certainty that no man is a villain to himself, he created one of TV's most memorable villains when he portrayed a dangerously immoral child molester in the critically honored "One Terrific Guy." His portrayal made headlines when it prompted a young California girl to confront a molester whose abuse she had feared to expose. The man was convicted and sent to prison. Also powerful were his depiction of an insensitive but redeemable auto-dealer-cum-jazz musician in "The Gig," a corrupt politician in the mini-series "Bluegrass" and a wife-rapist in "The Killing Time" with Kiefer Sutherland.

Wayne Rogers is one of those rare people who are able to do a lot of things well at the same time. His highly hyphenated activities have included starring in top series, theatrical films and MOWs and producing such theatrical films as "Once In Paris" and "The Gig," the award-winning HBO films "Age-Old Friends" and "Perfect Witness" and, on Broadway, many of Neil Simon's biggest hits. His business and economic expertise has evolved into his business management of other top Hollywood talents, running banks, heading major investment firms, and appearing as an expert witness before the House Banking Committee.

His real estate ventures have included subdivisions and commercial office developments in Florida, Arizona, California and Utah. Among his other investments, Mr. Rogers was a principal owner of Delta Pacific Transportation Co., a barge company on the Mississippi River. He has served on the Board of Directors of such publicly held corporations as The Pantry Stores; P.H.C., Inc.; Electronic Data Controls, Inc.; Alameden Vineyards; Extek Micro-Systems; Wadell Equipment Company and Regent Air Corp. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was National Chairman of Easter Seals, and was a member of the Executive Committee of both the Arthritis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Mr. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Princeton University and served in the Navy for three years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Susan D. Valone-Gilleece/Executive Administrator - Wayne M. Rogers & Co.

Spouse (2)

Amy H. Rogers (8 December 1988 - 31 December 2015) (his death)
Mitzi McWhorter (2 April 1960 - 21 October 1983) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (18)

When he left M*A*S*H (1972) in 1975, he was sued for breach of contract, but the case was thrown out because he had no contract. Producers wanted him to sign a morality clause, in which he could be suspended or fired at any time, and he refused because he wanted the same privilege regarding the producers.
Attended Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
Graduated with a history degree from Princeton University (1954), where he was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club, and served in the United States Navy before becoming an actor.
Was the second actor to play the "M*A*S*H" character Trapper John McIntyre, the first one being Elliott Gould in the film MASH (1970) and the third one being Pernell Roberts on the television series Trapper John, M.D. (1979).
In addition to the disputes about contracts, he says he also left M*A*S*H (1972) because he felt the writers were not giving Trapper John any character development. Specifically, he did not like how the Trapper John character began and ended the movie with the same role significance as Hawkeye (e.g., Trapper John was brought into the movie because the unit needed a "chest cutter") but deteriorated in role significance as the TV show progressed.
Described M*A*S*H (1972) co-star McLean Stevenson as being "one of the funniest men I had ever met", fondly recalling in an interview one day on the set wherein Stevenson had been goofing around with a fly swatter.
After leaving M*A*S*H (1972), he turned down the lead role on the television series Trapper John, M.D. (1979) because he did not want to be typecast as a doctor on television. Ironically, he accepted a role as a doctor shortly thereafter on another television series, House Calls (1979).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on December 13, 2005.
Chairman of the Board and co-owner, with Ronnie Rothstein, of "Kleinfeld Bridal".
Chairman and president of Wayne Rogers & Co., a stock trading investment company.
Was one of three investors in the Kleinfeld bridal store in New York City and created a chain of bridal stores with initial outlets in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.
Has been the managing director of the Stop-N-Save convenience food chains in Tallahasse, Florida, for almost 10 years. [August 2003]
Authored the book "Make Your Own Rules: A Renegade Guide to Unconventional Success" (2001). This is a business book on how to succeed in business peppered with personal anecdotes.
Owns three homes: in Los Angeles, California, Destin, Florida, and Deer Valley, Utah.
Survived by his wife Amy Hirsh Rogers, two children Bill and Laura by his first marriage, and four grandchildren Alexander, Daniel, William and Anais.
Good friends with Alan Alda.
Following his death, he was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
His M*A*S*H* costar William Christopher died one year to the day after he did.

Personal Quotes (4)

Somebody once told me I shouldn't try to change Hollywood. That isn't my point at all. I don't want Hollywood to change me.
[on leaving the sitcom M*A*S*H (1972) in retrospect] If I had known that the show was gonna run that long, I probably would have kept my mouth shut and stayed put.
[discussing his contract dispute, after leaving M*A*S*H (1972)] They sue, you countersue. It's business.
[on the pilot for Stagecoach West (1960)] As soon as I saw it, I thought: "This is really bad" and caught the next plane back to New York.

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