M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers dies at age 75


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".

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his roles as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in USA comedy M*A*S*H and Cogsworth in the original animated Beauty and the Beast, has died according to his agent. Among his big-screen work, he may be most noted among '80s fans for his role as John Cusack's father in the cult-classic 1985 comedy Better Off Dead. His first major voiceover role in animation was as the fussy clock Cogsworth in 1991's Beauty and the Beast, which was only the first in many roles for Disney. He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, "THX 1138".

Stiers played the aristocratic Maj.

"So I just found out one of my biggest voice acting inspirations died today, David Ogden Stiers".

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In the season eight episode "Morale Victory", Winchester is proud of saving a wounded soldier's leg, only to learn that the minor injury to the young man's hand is all that matters to him, as he is a concert pianist. I wish people could know the handsome heart that he had.

"Without it I don't think I would even be an actor".

While someone else said: "Rest In Peace, David Ogden Steirs, aka Charles Emerson Winchester, III".

He joined the cast in 1977, filling the void left after the departure of actor Larry Linville's Frank Burns from the show but by the series' end he was as much a part of the team as the original cast.