'M.A.S.H.' Actor David Ogden Stiers Dies At 75 From Bladder Cancer
David Ogden Stiers, who had been portraying somewhat snobbish but talented doctor Major Winchester in acclaimed television series “M*A*S*H,” has passed away on Saturday. He was 75 years old.
His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, took to Twitter to announce sad news. The actor died at his home in Newport, Oregon from bladder cancer.
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. pic.twitter.com/fjuGmbVYgd
— MKS Talent Agency (@MKSTalentAgency) March 3, 2018
We are saddened to report the passing of The Next Generation guest star, David Ogden Stiers. https://t.co/r63p4cbLms pic.twitter.com/TN6YkIy4vq
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) March 4, 2018
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois but was primarily raised in Oregon. He studied at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. His career began with Broadway, but the real fame came to him after being cast as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the television series M*A*S*H. He played the role for six seasons until the end of TV series, which helped him get two Emmy Award nominations.
Rest In Peace #DavidOgdenStiers. M*A*S*H is my favorite show of all time. Without it I don’t think I I would even be an actor. You were truly a remarkable talent!
— Will Friedle (@willfriedle) March 4, 2018
The actor joined the cast of “M*A*S*H” in 1977 after the departure of Larry Linville, who played Maj. Frank Burns.
“M*A*S*H” is a comedy TV series based on a 1970 movie that follows army surgeons and staffers during the Korean War. The characters use humor to escape from the horror of war.
Many might recognize Stiers‘ deep baritone from several Disney movies. He did voice work for Disney classics, including Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Just listen to the opening monologue in Beaty & the Beast. Or, like some of us, listen to it obsessively and memorize it because THAT VOICE… so much to choose from but that’s my pick RIP
M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75 – Entertainment Weekly https://t.co/onY9wCNoSF
— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2018
So I just found out one of my biggest voice acting inspirations died today, David Ogden Stiers. Grew up with him as Cogsworth, Jumba, and in tons of other shows and movies. He had this warm sound to his voice yet so much energy and comedic timing in both voice & onscreen. RIP pic.twitter.com/nmRiP3Gi62
— Michael Edwards (@MEdwardsVA) March 4, 2018
The actor was also a talented musician – he was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in Oregon. The Newport Symphony made a statement after hearing devastating news about the death:
All of us at the NSO are heartbroken. David Ogden Stiers was a generous, loving, and inspirational friend and pillar to our orchestra, and, indeed, to all of us individually. Our orchestra would not be here if it weren’t for his great support and inspiration over three decades. His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium. We will all work to keep David’s spirit alive in all of our performances.
David Ogden Stiers had more than 150 film and television appearances, including shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Frasier. His immense talent and kind heart will never be forgotten.