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William Christopher Biography

Birth Place:
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • James Christopher -- Brother
  • Thomas Christopher -- Brother
  • Wallace Christopher -- Father
  • Louise W. Christopher -- Mother
  • John Christopher -- Son
  • Ned Christopher -- Son