Actor, investor, pundit Wayne Rogers passes away at 82

Actor, investor, pundit Wayne Rogers passes away at 82
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[Ed. – There’s a whole generation that may know him better as a business and economics commentator on Fox than as an actor.  Those of us in Gen W will always remember him as Trapper John.  R.I.P.]

Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on “M.A.S.H.,” has died.

The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe told The Associated Press.

Rogers’ army surgeon Trapper John was one of the most beloved characters — and half of one of the most beloved duos — in TV history, despite the actor’s appearing in only the first three of the show’s 11 seasons on CBS. …

McIntyre was on “M.A.S.H.” from 1972 to 1975…

He moved beyond acting to see serious success later in life as a money manager and investor. In 1988 and 1990, he appeared as an expert witness before the House Judiciary Committee to speak in favor of maintaining the Glass-Steagall banking laws of the 1930s. In recent years he was a regular panelist on the Fox News stock investment show “Cashin’ In.”

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