Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

'MASH' star David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

'MASH' star David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

The actor's agent, Mitchell Stubbs confirmed the news on Saturday and the agency's Twitter shared that Stiers' had passed away at his home in Newport, Oregon.

Every single of us probably has his or her own favorite David Ogden Stiers character.

Actor David Ogden Stiers, here pictured attending a special screening and panel discussion of "Beauty and the Beast" in 2016, has died, aged 75.

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his roles as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in United States comedy M*A*S*H and Cogsworth in the original animated Beauty and the Beast, has died according to his agent.

He voiced Dr. Jumba Jookiba, the evil genius who created Stitch, in 2002's "Lilo & Stitch" and various spinoffs; once he became part of the Disney family, Stiers went on to do voicework on a large number of movies, made for TV or video content and videogames. Grew up on Star Trek, MASH, Better off Dead and of course Beauty and the Beast.

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On "M*A*S*H", Stiers' Maj. Other notable TV roles included U.S. Olympic Committee founder William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896, for which he also received an Emmy nomination, as well as Congressman Sam Greene in the ABC miniseries North and South, President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1989 TV movie Day One, and District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason TV movies. So it was always poignant when an emotional crack opened in his self-satisfied mien.

"I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am", he said in 2009.

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

However, Stiers' most well-known role has to be the arrogant and reclusive Charles Winchester in M*A*S*H, a medical surgeon stationed in South Korea during the war. While the Larry Melville "Frank Burns" character he replaced was funnier, Stiers' "Winchester" was far more interesting.

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