'M*A*S*H' Star David Ogden Stiers Dead at 75

Tonya Becker
March 5, 2018

The actor died Saturday at his home in Newport, Oregon, after a battle with bladder cancer, his agency announced.

'His talent was only surpassed by his heart.His talent was only surpassed by his heart'.

Stiers earned two Emmy nominations for his role on M*A*S*H as Major Charles Winchester III, a talented surgeon who filled the void left when Larry Linville's Frank Burns left the series. He also memorably lent his voice to the character of Cogsworth the clock in Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast. He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, THX 1138.

In addition, Stiers was the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra in OR, and also guest-conducted more than 70 orchestras around the world. As the snobbish Winchester, Stiers was a ideal foil for Alan Alda's lovable, wise-cracking character Hawkeye Pierce.

"I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am", he said in 2009.

Stiers would voice further animated role as Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas, Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch.

On "M*A*S*H", Stiers' Maj. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because so much of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming.

His other screen credits include Kojak, Charlie's Angels, The Regular Show, Stargate: Atlantis, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and on Twitter it became clear that his work had touched many generations of viewers.

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