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Wayne Rogers, 'Trapper John' of 'M.A.S.H.' and Leading Investor, Dies at 82

31 December 2015 - William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (1933–2015) was an American film & television actor, best known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H. When Rogers was approached for M*A*S*H, he planned to audition as Hawkeye Pierce. However, he found the character too cynical & asked to screen test as Trapper John, whose outlook was brighter. Rogers was told that Trapper & Hawkeye would have equal importance as characters.