North Eugene grad, 'M.A.S.H' star, symphony director: The late David Ogden Stiers

20th Television

NEWPORT, Ore. — David Ogden Stiers, a prolific actor best known for playing a surgeon on the "M.A.S.H." television series, has died. He was 75.

Stiers attended North Eugene High School and the University of Oregon before enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City.

He died at his home in Newport after a battle with bladder cancer, his agent told The Associated Press.

Stiers was best known as an actor, with roles on Broadway, TV and the big screen - including the voice of Cogsworth in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast".

Stiers was also the resident conductor of the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon.

"David Ogden Stiers was a generous, loving, and inspirational friend and pillar to our orchestra, and, indeed, to all of us individually," symphony musical director Adam Flatt said in a statement. "Our orchestra would not be here if it weren't for his great support and inspiration over three decades. His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium. We will all work to keep David's spirit alive in all of our performances."

Stiers is perhaps most broadly known for playing the aristocratic Maj. Charles Winchester III on "M.A.S.H." beginning in its sixth season, replacing Larry Linville after he left the series.

Stiers' character, while arrogant, also showed an empathy and wit his predecessor lacked.

Stiers did voice acting in several other animated films, voicing characters in "Lilo & Stitch" and "Pocahontas." He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, "THX 1138."

Stiers received two Emmy nominations for his work on "M.A.S.H."

He had more than 150 film and television credits, including appearances on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and several Perry Mason television movies.

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