MASH's David Ogden Stiers dies age 75

MASH's David Ogden Stiers dies age 75

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his roles as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in United States comedy M*A*S*H and Cogsworth in the original animated Beauty and the Beast, has died according to his agent. Charles Winchester on the hit television show M*A*S*H, has died at age 75.

His agent confirmed the actor had been battling bladder cancer.

"My dear friend and client of 30 years is gone", representative Mitchell Stubbs of Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Saturday. Grew up on Star Trek, MASH, Better off Dead and of course Beauty and the Beast. He went on to lend his voice to other Disney features, like Pocahontas (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), as well as to a number of animated TV productions, including the 2000-02 Disney series Teacher's Pet.

Every single of us probably has his or her own favorite David Ogden Stiers character.

Indeed, it was his voice that earned him his first screen credit - as the announcer in George Lucas' 1971 film "THX 1138". Stiers' character, while arrogant, also showed an empathy and wit his predecessor lacked.

Some of his earlier television credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak and Charlie's Angels.

I suppose it's a mixed blessing for an actor to have such an iconic role that it's the headline in every obituary written about them despite decades of stellar work afterward.

He joined the cast in its sixth season, replacing Larry Linville's character Frank Burns, and playing a snobbish surgeon who acted as straight man and foil to the cast's practical jokers.