This deserves more attention. Debra Hamel posts a snippet from Alan Alda's autobiography:
Bill Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy [on M*A*S*H], was studious, translating ancient Greek during his breaks. For one scene, he had to spend a long time at the bottom of a car in which about twelve nurses were piled on top of him. When he finally crawled out, someone asked him if he was all right, having spent two hours under all those women. 'Yes, fine,' he said. 'Fortunately, I had my copy of the Iliad with me.
Here's Mike Farrell's take:
A wonderful man and a good friend. He's very droll, very funny when you get to know him. An intellectual with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of classical music and literature. He reads Homer in the original Greek and studies languages for fun.