Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester in 'M*A*S*H,' dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester in 'M*A*S*H,' dies at 75

As well as becoming a well-known face on TV in the 70s and 80s, The Emmy-nominated actor also provided the the voice of a number of classic Disney characters including Beauty And The Beast's Cogsworth, Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in "Pocahontas" and Jumba in "Lilo and Stitch".

MASH star David Ogden Steirs dies aged 75 following a battle with bladder cancer.

Besides MASH - which won him two Emmy Award nominations - David also provided voiceovers for dozens of films.

Actor Will Friedle tweeted: "Rest In Peace David Ogden Stiers".

Stiers is best known for playing U.S. Army Maj.

Stiers worked repeatedly for director Woody Allen, appearing in Shadows and Fog, Mighty Aphrodite, Everybody Says I Love You and Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Winchester was witty where his predecessor, Frank Burns, had been vapid.

The show has been experiencing a popular renaissance, as it marks 35 years since a series finale that drew an astounding 106 million viewers, according to the Washington Post.

He starred on the show from 1977 until its landmark final episode in 1983, seen by 106 million people. He attended the University of OR for a time but soon left for San Francisco to pursue acting.

In an additional statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Stubbs praised Stiers' "beautiful heart".

Stiers came out as gay in 2009, telling ABC News that, because so much of his employment had come through "family-friendly" programming, that he was previously concerned that being open about his homosexuality may have had a negative impact on his career.

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