M.A.S.H.: William Christopher, Father John Mulcahy in TV Series, Dies at 84

William Christopher, the actor who played the sensitive and soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on the long-running CBS comedy “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 84.

The actor’s son, John Christopher, confirmed Christopher’s death to KABC-TV Los Angeles. Christopher died of non-lung small cell carcinoma.

Christopher was a regular and a fan favorite throughout the 1972-1983 run of the much-praised “M*A*S*H.”

The show’s final episode still holds the ratings record for the most watched scripted series closer with nearly 106 million viewers tuning in.

Christopher was also featured in the spinoff series “AfterMASH,” which ran from 1983-85 on CBS.