'M*A*S*H' actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

'M*A*S*H' actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

His agent confirmed the actor had been battling bladder cancer.

Mr. Stiers' resonant voice actually earned him his first on-screen credit as the announcer in George Lucas' dystopian film THX 1138.

David collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, including Beauty And The Beast, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Stiers played the aristocratic Maj. Winchester was witty where his predecessor, Frank Burns, had been vapid.

The show has been experiencing a popular renaissance, as it marks 35 years since a series finale that drew an astounding 106 million viewers, according to the Washington Post.

Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, William Christopher and, from back from left, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda and David Ogden Stiers celebrate during a party on the set of the CBS program MASH, 1981.




Born in Peoria, Illinois, Stiers went to high school in Urbana with film critic Roger Ebert, before moving to OR and later San Francisco to pursue an acting career.

Outside of acting, Stiers served as the resident conductor of the Newport Symphony and guest conducted for more than 70 orchestras around the world, Deadline noted.

Stiers was also known for the eight Perry Mason TV movies he made between 1986-88 in which his prosecuting attorney invariably lost to Raymond Burr's Mason, and more recently he had recurred on the USA Network series "The Dead Zone" from 2002-07 as the Rev. Eugene Purdy, the chief antagonist to star Anthony Michael Hall's Johnny Smith.

In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay.

He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because so much of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming, and coming out thus might have had repercussions in the past.

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