Vale: David Ogden Stiers

Veteran actor best known for M.A.S.H. has died, aged 75.

Veteran actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for M.A.S.H. has died, aged 75.

He died at his home in Oregon after a battle with bladder cancer.

Stiers played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in MASH from Seasons 6 – 11.

Major Winchester was portrayed as a Boston-born blueblood, often snobbish but a talented doctor. The character was often the comic foil to Alda’s “Hawkeye” and Mike Farrell’s Captain B.J. Hunnicutt. Stiers was nominated for two Emmy awards for his performance as Winchester.

His lengthy TV credits included North & South, Perry Mason, Rizzoli & Isles, Stargate: Atlantis, American Experience, Frasier, Touched by an Angel, Murder She Wrote, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Cybill, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Rhoda, Mary Tyler Moore, Phyllis, Charlie’s Angels and Kojak.

Films included The Accidental Tourist, Doc Hollywood, Better Off Dead, Oh God!, The Cheap Detective, THX 1138, Shadows and Fog, Tomcats, and The Majestic.

He was particularly prominent in his voice work including for Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Source: CNN

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  1. Only on Saturday, I was reading an article in THR reflecting on the 35th anniversary of the series final. There’s a lovely little anecdote from ‘Hot Lips’ that sheds new light on one scene, which I think is a lovely way to think of Charles/David.

        1. Charles was more than capable of matching wits with his room mates, while Frank was simply a punching bag. I love Charles’ snobbish arrogance far more than Frank’s whiny despicableness? despicability?

  2. I loved him as Major Charles Emerson Winchester the third. That performance was the reason I chose the New England Patriots as one of my teams when I started watching the NFL.

    The other TV shows I remember him in are Stargate Atlantis and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (first season from memory). The movie I remember him from is Doc Hollywood, “Fiiiine pig Doc.”

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