Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the snooty Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III on the popular TV show “M*A*S*H,” died in 2018 at the age of 75, after complications related to bladder cancer.
Stiers received two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Winchester in 1981 and 1982 on the CBS sitcom, which was set during the Korean War and became one of the most watched TV shows of all time. As the snobbish Winchester, Stiers was a perfect foil for Alan Alda’s lovable, wise-cracking character Hawkeye Pierce.
Over the years, Stiers made guest appearances in the TV shows “Touched by an Angel,” “Frasier,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” He also starred in several Woody Allen films, including “Shadows and Fog” and “Mighty Aphrodite,” and was known for his voice-acting roles in such Disney films as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas,” “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Stiers was born in Peoria, Ill., and moved to Eugene, Ore., while he was in high school, where he graduated from North Eugene High, according to the Oregonian. He attended the University of Oregon for a time but soon left for San Francisco to pursue acting.
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