• Wayne Rogers was an American actor known for his role in the TV series “M*A*S*H”
• He quit the show after three seasons and focussed on stock market and other investments
• He was an only child and attended Princeton University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1954
• Before becoming an actor, he served in the US Navy and received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005
• He passed away in 2015 due to pneumonia complications

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worthapproximately $75 million
Date Of BirthApril 7, 1933
DiedDecember 31, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseAmy Hirsh, Mitzi McWhorter
FactHas been the managing director of the Stop-N-Save convenience food chains in Tallahasse, Florida, for almost 10 years. [August 2003]

Wayne Rogers Wiki Bio

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III was born in Birmingham, Alabama USA, on 7 April 1933, so under the zodiac sign of Aries and holding American nationality – he was popular for his career of an actor, especially for his appearance in the very popular TV series “M*A*S*H”. He passed away in 2015.

Why did Wayne Rogers leave MASH?

While some people believe that Wayne was not getting along with the cast of “M*A*S*H” and that it served as his main reason for quitting, that was partly true, but he was actually getting tired of acting  anyway, and decided to leave the show, stopped acting and focused on other things such as the stock market and other investing.

Early life and education

Wayne spent his  childhood in Birmingham, but was always somewhat secretive when it came to his parents, as he never wanted them involved in the media – he was an only child.

Wayne fell in love with acting at a very young age but once he started studying, he put his dreams aside and almost forgot about them. He attended Ramsay High School in Birmingham, and then The Webb School located in Bell Buckle, Tennessee – he continued his education at Princeton University, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1954. Wayne was part of the Princeton Triangle Club, as well as the eating club Tiger Inn.

After he graduated from college, Wayne went on to serve in the US Navy before becoming an actor in 1959.

Career of an actor

Once he left the Navy, Wayne landed several roles in movies and TV series, such as “The Invaders”, “The F.B.I.”, “Have Gun Will Travel”, and numerous others. He appeared in the “Search for Tomorrow” soap opera in 1959, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1960 for his performance in the “Odds Against Tomorrow” film noir. He was part of the main cast in the “Stagecoach West” TV series, which aired on ABC from 1960 to 1961.

Wayne Rogers

Wayne became popular mostly thanks to his role in the “M*A*S*H” TV series. He was initially supposed to audition for Hawkeye Pierce role, but was persuaded by the writers to play Trapper while Hawkeye would be played by Alan Alda. Wayne was satisfied with how the show was going, but wasn’t happy that his character wasn’t as popular as Hawkeye.

After talking to the writers, they made Trapper a thoracic surgeon which completely switched the attention from Hawkeye to Trapper – although that was what Wayne was looking for, he was sad for his friend Alan and eventually made things equal for both of them. Wayne was part of the series for three seasons before he left and quit acting.

Wayne received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

The most popular male actors in the world

While Wayne was an actor of extraordinary skill, he is nowhere to be found in the Ranker’s list of the best male actors in the world, judging by people’s votes. Many of the actors in the list are popular for numerous other things as well and some of them are singers, dancers, businessmen, and entrepreneurs. We are going to mention top five actors in the list:

  • Fifth place is held by Robert Anthony De Niro Jr
  • Morgan Freeman is in fourth place, who is also a director and narrator
  • In third place is Christian Bale, who is popular for drastically transforming his body for his roles
  • Second place goes to Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, who is also a producer and environmentalist
  • Top place is held by Tom Hanks, who people voted as the best actor in the world – he’s popular for his roles in “Turner & Hooch”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Forrest Gump”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “The Green Mile”, “Cast Away”, “Saving Private Ryan” and numerous other movies.

Work after “M*A*S*H”

Wayne decided not to continue his career of an actor after he was done with “M*A*S*H”, and went on to become a money manager and an investor – he even appeared on the US House Committee on the Judiciary as a witness to testify about the 1933 Glass-Steagall Legislation Act. He became the board director of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. in August 2006, and was made the head of Wayne Rogers & Co. corporation.

Love life and relationships

Wayne was somewhat secretive throughout his life, as he was never the kind of person to share his personal matters with the public. He met Mitzi McWhorter while he was still very young – Mitzi was an actress as well, and they instantly fell for one another after meeting on the set of a TV series. They exchanged their wedding vows in 1960, and Mitzi gave birth to two of their children – the marriage lasted until 1983, when they split for unknown reasons.

Wayne went on to marry again, to Amy Hirsh in 1988, and the two moved to live in Destin, Florida in 2001. Upon the start of their marriage, they both agreed not to have children, and Amy did not have any problems with Wayne having two kids from his former marriage.

Wayne didn’t talk about any other woman he had dated throughout his life.

Hobbies and other interests

Wayne might have appeared to be completely focused on his career of an actor as well as on his financial career, but he had numerous other interests.

Wayne was known in his close circle of friends as an entertainer, and a person who loved making other people laugh – he enjoyed telling jokes and knew many. He was somewhat sporting and played tennis as well as billiards, and was a big lover of books – he was planning to write his own, but would always conclude he wasn’t good enough at writing. Wayne enjoyed travelling during his younger years, and spent more time travelling around Europe than around the US – his favorite country was Italy, and his favorite city was Rome.

Wayne Rogers

Being an actor, Wayne was fond of watching movies as much as acting in them, but he never revealed his all-time favorite, explaining that he simply enjoyed films as a whole.

Appearance and net worth

Wayne was 82 years old at the time of his death. He had gray hair and blue eyes while his height and weight were not known.

According to authoritative sources, his net worth was estimated to be more than $2 million at the time of his death.

Death cause

Wayne Rogers died on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2015 in Los Angeles, California due to pneumonia complications, apparently exacerbated by cancer – he was 82.

Social media presence

Wayne was not that active on the internet, but had a Twitter account which he launched in September 2009. Even after his death, his account is followed by nearly 2,800 people. while he’d tweeted around 130 times – his last tweet was published on 30 July 2015 and reads ‘All lives matter!’

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General Info

Full NameWayne Rogers
Net Worthapproximately $75 million
Date Of BirthApril 7, 1933
DiedDecember 31, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.9 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, Investor
EducationPrinceton University


SpouseAmy Hirsh, Mitzi McWhorter
ChildrenLuigi Calabrese, William Rogers IV, Laura Rogers


Music GroupsCrystalized Movements, Major Stars, Magic Hour, Song for Turner, Rainy, Starless Night, Dream of the Accidental Bird
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, TV Land Classic TV Doctor of the Year Award
MoviesCool Hand Luke, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Glory Guys, Miracle Landing, Once in Paris, I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later, The Killing Time, The Astro-Zombies, American Harvest, Pocket Money, Nobody Knows Anything, Passion and Paradise, Frozen with Fear, The Lady from Yesterday, It Happened O...
TV ShowsM*A*S*H, House Calls, City of Angels, Stagecoach West, High Risk

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