Kevin Brophy (1953-2024)

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Actor Kevin Brophy, who holds the rare distinction of having guest starred on M*A*S*H, Trapper John, M.D., and AfterMASH, died last month (May 11) at the age of 70. His death was only recently announced by his family. Brophy is best known for starring in a short-lived TV show called Lucan on ABC from 1977 to 1978. Brophy also appeared in the cult horror movie Hell Night in 1981.

Still from the MASH episode Life Time showing Kevin Brophy.
Kevin Brophy as Roberts in “Life Time” (Season 8) from November 1979.

Brophy played Roberts in the Season 8 episode “Life Time,” making M*A*S*H only his third acting credit. He later guest starred in three episode of Trapper John, M.D. playing three different characters: “A Family Affair” (Season 2, 1981), “The Peter Pan Syndrome” (Season 3, 1982), and “The Agony of D’Feet” (Season 5, 1983). Only a few weeks after his final appearance on Trapper John, M.D., Brophy guest starred in the AfterMASH episode “Bladder Day Saints” during that show’s first season.

Still from the AfterMASH episode Bladder Day Saints showing Kevin Brophy.
Kevin Brophy as Pete Sax in the Season 1 AfterMASH episode “Bladder Day Saints” from December 1983.

Other guest appearances included The Love Boat, Matt Houston, Finder of Lost Loves, Growing Pains, Civil Wars, and JAG. According to his Internet Movie Database page, Brophy’s last acting role was a 2022 short film called The Clown Statue.

Obituraries can be found at Deadline Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter.

(Thanks to Dan.)

3 Replies to “Kevin Brophy (1953-2024)”

  1. I’m sorry to read about this. He made news a few years ago when he & his contemporary, Peter Barton, shared in the estate of a man from Illinois who didn’t know either of them.

  2. Sad news so young, rest in peace Kevin.

    I thought he was very good in LifeTime, a key and innovative episode in my view. He would have been about 25 at the time, or maybe 26.

    Having said that, both the above photos clearly display MASH’s (and AfterMASH’s) predilection for being set in the early 1950’s yet having soldiers with late 1970’s haircuts!

  3. The fact that Brophy guest-starred on all three shows within the MASH universe (MASH, Trapper John, M.D., AfterMASH) is a unique trivia point. It shows his presence in a well-regarded TV series. Hopefully he also likes playing four colors like me.

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