Character actor David Ogden Steirs has died

Rosalie Gross
March 5, 2018

Charles Winchester on the hit television show M*A*S*H, has died at age 75.

An avid classical music fan, he was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in OR and guest conducted orchestras around the country in dozens of productions.

"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".

"His talent was only surpassed by his heart", the agency added.

David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on "MASH", died Saturday. He quickly got his foot in the door in television and he earned roles in popular series like Charlie's Angels and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

For his work on MASH, Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982. He also memorably lent his voice to the character of Cogsworth the clock in Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast.

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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.

Director Jonathan Frakes - who directed Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection - wrote: "RIP to the great David Ogden Stiers".

In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay.

"Even today, people call out the name of my character from that show, and I cringe", he said in 2002.

"Now is the time I wish to find someone, and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion with me".

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