After attending New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, he went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1954. He majored in drama and was active in fencing, soccer, singing with the glee club and performing in various dramatic performances. He met his future wife, Barbara O' Conner, on a blind date. They were married in 1957 and has two sons, John and Ned. He is also supposed to be a direct descendent of Paul Revere.
After appearing in a variety of regional productions, Christopher landed roles in a number of off-Broadway productions, most notably The Hostage at One Sheridan Square. His Broadway debut came in Beyond the Fringe, a British revue.
Christopher left the New York stage for Hollywood television production, where he was seen in The Andy Griffith Show, Death Valley Days, The Patti Duke Show and The Men from Shiloh. Christopher had recurring roles on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., That Girl and Hogan's Heroes. Since M*A*S*H, Christopher has appeared on various series, including Murder, She Wrote.
In feature films, Christopher performed in The Fortune Cookie, The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell, The Shakiest Gun in the West, With Six You Get Egg Roll and Hearts of the West. He won parts in such telefilms as The Movie Maker, The Perils of Pauline and For the Love of It.
Christopher devotes much of his spare time to the National Autistic Society because his son Ned is autistic. He has done public service announcements to bring attention to this serious problem. In 1985 he and his wife wrote Mixed Blessings, a book about their experiences raising Ned.
Since M*A*S*H Christopher has guest-starred in various TV shows, including Mad About You in 1998. Christopher has remained active in the theater, including a tour of the U.S. in the mid-1990s with Jamie Farr doing Neil Simon's The Odd Couple on stage.
William Christopher Facts
|October 20, 1932 (91)
|Evanston, Illinois, USA