David Ogden Stiers, Winchester on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Winchester on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 75


David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “M*A*S*H,” has died from bladder cancer at age 75.

Stiers died peacefully at his home in Newport, Ore., on Saturday, his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, told Variety. 

Born in Peoria, Ill., Stiers moved to Eugene, where he graduated from high school and attended the University of Oregon before quitting to pursue acting in San Francisco.

Early television credits, according to the site, include “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Kojak” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

His voice was also heard in George Lucas’ first feature film, “THX-1138,” in 1971.

In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of “M*A*S*H*” on CBS, after Larry Linville — who played Frank Burns — departed.

He starred opposite Alan Alda and Mike Farrell on the show, set in a military hospital during the Korean War.

Stiers was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1981 and 1982 for his portrayal as Winchester.

He was with the show until it left the air in 1983.

The next year, Stiers received another Emmy nomination — for portraying William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in the NBC miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens in 1896.”

Stiers’ voice was featured in eight Disney animated films, most notably as Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.

Others included “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Lilo & Stitch.”

In 2002, Stiers appeared as the Rev. Gene Purdy in the supernatural fiction drama “The Dead Zone,” based on Stephen King’s 1979 novel.

Stiers was also a gifted musician, the website reports, and was resident conductor of the Newport Symphony.

He also guest-conducted more than 70 orchestras worldwide, the site reports.

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