Soft-spoken, blond supporting actor William Christopher is best remembered for portraying mild-mannered Father Mulcahy on the classic television comedy M*A*S*H (1972-1983), but his career began back in the mid-1960s, with guest spots on shows like The Patty Duke Show and The Andy Griffith Show. In 1983, he reprised the role of Mulcahy in the short-lived sitcom After M*A*S*H (1983-1984). Between 1996 and 1997, he and former M*A*S*H castmate Jamie Farr headlined a touring production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. He had a recurring role on Days of Our Lives in 2012, once again playing a priest. Christopher died in 2016, at age 84.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- His grandmother wanted him to become a minister like his grandfather, who was the founder of the First Methodist Church of Chicago.
- Majored in drama in college, while participating in fencing, soccer and the glee club.
- Made his Broadway debut in the British revue Beyond the Fringe.
- Ignored the script and decided to ad-lib his lines during his M*A*S*H audition.
- Headlined a touring production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple in 1996-97 with former M*A*S*H castmate Jamie Farr.
- Co-authored the book Mixed Blessings with his wife, Barbara, about raising children with autism; their son Ned is autistic.
- Served as honorary chairman of the National Autistic Society.
- Could read classic Homer in the original Greek text.