M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester, dies at 75

M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers died of bladder cancer on Saturday (March 4). The actor was 75.  News of Stiers's death was confirmed by his agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs. “I am very sad to report that David died this morning March 3, 2018, peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer,” he tweeted. 

David Odgen passed away at the age of 75  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

“His talent was only surpassed by his heart,” Stubbs added. Over the years, Stiers starred in numerous TV shows and films, but one character in particular has stood out, his role on M*A*S*H as Major Charles Winchester III. Stiers was part of the iconic show from 1977 to 1983. He also received two Emmy nominations for the role. 

Stiers made regular appearances on North and South, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, and Frasier, and others. In 1984, Stiers received a third  Emmy nomination for his role in NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.

At the same time, David also had a prolific voiceover career which included a variety of roles such as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in Pocahontas, Jumba in Lilo & Stitch, as well as the narrator in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Lady in the Water. 

He publicly announced that he is gay in 2009 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).

He began his career in 1974 with a minor role in Broadway’s The Magic Show. This was followed by several small gigs in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Charlie’s Angels, and Kojak. It was after this that Stiers earned himself a place on the hit television series, M*A*S*H. 

During his career, Stiers also served as the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Oregon and also guest-conducted dozens of orchestras around the world. In 2009, the actor publicly revealed that he was gay. At that time the actor had said that had decided to hide his sexuality for so long because a lot of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming.

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