FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2013 file photo provided by Lipton, actor Wayne Rogers takes a tea-break at the Lipton Uplift Lounge amidst the hustle and bustle of Sundance in Park City, Utah. (Jordan Strauss/Lipton via AP, File)
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Wayne Rogers, the actor who played wisecracking U.S. Army surgeon "Trapper" John McIntyre in the acclaimed Korean War television series "M*A*S*H" before leaving after three seasons in a contract dispute, died Thursday.An Alabama native and Princeton University graduate with a degree in history, Rogers achieved his big break after years of lesser roles by being cast to co-star with Alan Alda in "M*A*S*H," which debuted on the CBS network in 1972 .It initially focused both on Alda's character, Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce, and fellow Army captain and surgeon "Trapper" John, played by Rogers. But Rogers became frustrated as the plots began to give more attention to the increasingly popular Alda at his character's expense. Rogers said he had no contract and the producers wanted to impose one that included, among other things, "an old-fashioned morals clause".At Princeton, Rogers joined a theater club and became interested in acting.Rogers later launched a successful business career.
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