The actor behind the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III of the beloved show M*A*S*H has passed away. David Allen Ogden Stiers was 75-years-old when he died. According to a tweet from his agent, Stiers died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Oregon.
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Stiers was awarded two Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series in 1981 and 1982. He also earned a third Emmy nomination for his performance in the NBC miniseries "The First Olympics: Athens 1896" where he played William Milligan Sloane, the founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
His educated and resonant voice led to much demand for narration and voiceover work landing him the role of Cogsworth the clock in Disney's hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast." Stiers shared a Grammy win for best recording for children and another nomination for album of the year.
Stiers' voice also landed him a role in George Lucas' 1971 sci-fi film "THX 1138." His work on the hit show M*A*S*H drew an astounding 106 million viewers during the series finale 35 years ago. He also appeared on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "North and South," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and "Regular Show" to name a few.
David Allen Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, III., but moved to Eugene, Oregon with his family while he was in high school. Stiers briefly attended the University of Oregon before beginning his professional career at the Actors Workshop in San Francisco. He is also musically talented and served as the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Oregon.
In 2009, Stiers came out publicly as gay and told ABC News he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because his income stemmed from family-friendly programming.
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