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.

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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, he was actually getting tired of acting and decided to leave the show. After he left it, he stopped acting and focused on other things such as the stock market and other investing.

Early life and education

Wayne spent his entire childhood in Birmingham, and 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

The Ranker website has compiled a list of the most popular 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 who is also a producer and director, and has won numerous awards throughout the years. He is most popular for his roles in “The Godfather Part II”, “Taxi Driver”, “Goodfellas”, and “New York, New York”;
  • Morgan Freeman is in fourth place, who is also a director and narrator – he gained recognition after starring in “The Shawshank Redemption” movie in 1994, while he is also popular for his roles in “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Seven”, and “Bruce Almighty”;
  • In third place is Christian Bale, who is popular for drastically transforming his body for his roles – he has appeared in movies such as “American Psycho”, “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, and “The Dark Knight Rises”;
  • Second place goes to Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, who is also a producer and environmentalist – he is popular for his roles in “Titanic” (which made him famous), “Catch Me If You Can”, “Shutter Island”, and “The Great Gatsby”;
  • Top place is held by Tom Hanks, who people voted as the best actor in the world – he is 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.

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.

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 any 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.

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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 as he explained that he enjoyed the 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 – he was 82. Exactly one year later, William Christopher died – William was part of the “M*A*S*H” cast as well.

Social media presence

Wayne was not that active on the internet, but he 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 had tweeted around 130 times – his last tweet was published on 30 July 2015 and reads ‘All lives matter!’.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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