William Christopher

Actor
If one were to hear the phrase "boxing priest," only one actor would come to mind - William Christopher - who had the heaven-sent fortune of playing Father Francis Mulcahy on the groundbreaking comedy, "M*A*S*H" (CBS ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1932

Filmography

Actor (16)

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heaven Sent 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Reno and Yolanda 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Bank Teller (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gomer Pyle USMC 1964 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

Private Jack Schultz (Actor)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Zip (Actor)

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

If one were to hear the phrase "boxing priest," only one actor would come to mind - William Christopher - who had the heaven-sent fortune of playing Father Francis Mulcahy on the groundbreaking comedy, "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983) for eleven seasons. Christopher's grandmother prayed he'd become a real priest like his grandfather (who was a founder of the First Methodist Church of Chicago) but from the time the youngster first found himself enraptured watching a school play, he knew he wanted to take to the stage. After nearly four decades in entertainment and credits ranging from Neil Simon plays to voiceovers for Saturday morning kiddie shows, it was his performance on "M*A*S*H" as the quirky, dry-witted priest who often surprised himself with his own strength. A similar process of self-discovery played out off screen as well, as he and his wife Barbara struggled with the challenges of raising an autistic son. As a result, Christopher's acting appearances grew further apart in the years after "M*A*S*H" wrapped, with him becoming increasingly active in education and autism fundraising - including co-authoring a book with his wife on their experiences with the puzzling emotional and developmental disease. The one-time TV Father's kind face and gentle demeanor continued to offer hope in unexpected places.

Relationships

Barbara Christopher

Wife

John Christopher

Son
born c. 1966, adopted

Ned Christopher

Son
born c. 1968, adopted, autistic, as of 1989 was living at the Devereux Foundation in California

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