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

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| 05 March, 2018, 01:40

His agent confirmed the actor had been battling bladder cancer.

An avid classical music fan, he was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in OR and guest conducted orchestras around the country in dozens of productions.

Stiers passed away from bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Oregon, reported TMZ. 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".

David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant Army surgeon Maj. Or as the needling dadAl Meyer in 1985's Better Off Dead.


Stiers later had a successful career as a voice actor.

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.

Mr. Stiers' resonant voice actually earned him his first on-screen credit as the announcer in George Lucas' dystopian film THX 1138. Winchester, alike many of Stiers' characters, was a most beloved one and many fans have taken to Twitter to show just how much the great actor meant to them. Charles Emerson Winchester III in M*A*S*H from 1977 to 1983. Yet he would get his major break playing the blue-blooded Bostonian Winchester, who replaced the departed Frank Burns (Larry Linville) at the 4077th MASH unit in Season 6 of the famed TV comedy set in the Korean War.

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