William Christopher

William Christopher

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Birthday: Oct 20, 1932

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

If one were to hear the phrase "boxing priest," only one actor would come to mind - William Christopher - who had the heaven-sent fortune of playing Father Francis Mulcahy on the groundbreaking comedy, "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983) for eleven seasons. Christopher's grandmother prayed he'd become a real priest like his grandfather (who was a founder of the First Methodist Church of Chicago) but from the time the youngster first found himself enraptured watching a school play, he knew he wanted to take to the stage. After nearly four decades in entertainment and credits ranging from Neil Simon plays to voiceovers for Saturday morning kiddie shows, it was his performance on "M*A*S*H" as the quirky, dry-witted priest who often surprised himself with his own strength. A similar process of self-discovery played out off screen as well, as he and his wife Barbara struggled with the challenges of raising an autistic son. As a result, Christopher's acting appearances grew further apart in the years after "M*A*S*H" wrapped, with him becoming increasingly active in education and autism fundraising - including co-authoring a book with his wife on their experiences with the puzzling emotional and developmental disease. The one-time TV Father's kind face and gentle demeanor continued to offer hope in unexpected places. William Christopher's death on December 31, 2016 at the age of 84 was met with sorrow from fans and peers from across his varied and compelling life.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 43% Heaven Sent Priest (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 67% The Little Troll Prince Bjørn (Voice) - 1987
No Score Yet 96% M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Father Mulcahy (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 66% With Six You Get Eggroll Zip (Cloud) (Character) - 1968

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Team Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
86% 86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
73% No Score Yet AfterMASH Fr. Francis Mulcahy (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Father Francis Mulcahy (Character) 1972-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times The Doctor (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon Hotel Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Lester Hummel (Guest Star) 1965-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Sonny (Character) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Dr. Thomas Peterson (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965

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