“MASH” & “Beauty And The Beast” Star David Ogden Stiers Passes Away At 75

“MASH” & “Beauty And The Beast” Star David Ogden Stiers Passes Away At 75
David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers, famous for his role as the loveably arrogant “Maj. Charles Winchester” on the hit television show MASH, has passed away at the age of 75.

His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, shared that the versatile actor passed after a “courageous battle” with bladder cancer.

His work on MASH earned him two Emmy nominations, and he garnered a third for the NBC mini-series The First Olympics: Athens 1896.

Stiers also enjoyed great success in voiceover work, most famously lending his talents to the blockbuster Disney film Beauty And The Beast where he voiced the role of “Cogsworth.” Other notable voiceover work included The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas.

He was no stranger to Broadway either having made his debut on the Great White Way in The Three Sisters in 1974. He returned to the Broadway stage many times in productions including The Magic Show and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Stiers came out as gay in 2009 during an interview with a gay publication in Oklahoma.

“I am [gay],” Ogden Stiers said. “Very proud to be so.” Like many actors, his coming out happened later in life as he feared backlash for his career.

But he added, “I wish to spend my life’s twilight being just who I am.”

I could post dozens of MASH moments from Stiers’ career, but Ryan Shea at Instinct reminds us of an appearance on Frasier back in May of 2003 where Stiers played a character much like “Frasier Crane” but later in the episode came out as gay with deft poignancy.

RIP David Ogden Stiers.