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Wayne Rogers 1933-2015

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Alabama-born actor Wayne Rogers has died aged 82. Probably my first television heart-throb (along with Guy Williams of Zorro fame) courtesy of the first three series of MASH. He was uniquely qualified to understand the show, having served in the US Navy during World War 2. And unlike a lot of actors he was properly tall, 6’3″.  However his role was gradually downplayed to favour Alan Alda. He had other roles such as in House Calls (having turned down the lead role in the MASH sequel Trapper John MD) and Murder She Wrote and starred for Roger Vadim in The Hot Touch. He also wrote and produced. For a couple of decades he had been acknowledged as an expert investor and made regular appearances on business channels. He  will be missed for his warm screen presence, his charisma and good looks. In the meantime, viewers can follow him in the early western show Stagecoach West, currently running on Talking Pictures, the new channel which is an invaluable source for cinephiles.

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