David Ogden Stiers, M*A*S*H's 'Major Winchester', Dead at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 75

Veteran character and voice actor David Ogden Steirs has passed away at the age of 77.

"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", agent Mitchell Stubbs said via the MKS Talent Agency Twitter account.

For his work on MASH, Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982. The CBS sitcom, which was set during the Korean War, is one of the most watched TV shows of all time. He also had notable parts in Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.

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David got his start in acting in 1971 with a role in George Lucas' sci-fi thriller film THX 1138. He had more than 150 film and television credits, including appearances on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frasier and several Perry Mason television movies. As the snobbish Winchester, Stiers was a flawless foil for Alan Alda's lovable, wise-cracking character Hawkeye Pierce. I wish people could know the handsome heart that he had.

In addition 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" (in which he played a mysterious hypnotist).

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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