‘MASH’ actor William Christopher dies

Members of the "M*A*S*H" cast gather around to bury Klinger's yellow dress in a foot-locker time capsule during taping of the show's final episode in January 1983. The 2 1/2-hour finale was the highest-rated television show in Nielsen Media Research history, and still hasn't been topped. From left, are cast members Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda and William Christopher. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (NBC) — William Christopher, an actor best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the television series “M.A.S.H.,” died on Saturday, his agent said.

Christopher died from cancer in the early morning hours on New Year’s Eve.

His agent said Christopher lived in Pasadena, but had enrolled in hospice care earlier this week.

Christopher was in his early 80s.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.