R.I.P., David Ogden Stiers

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Sorry to hear about yesterday’s death of actor David Ogden Stiers (above, top right). He died from bladder cancer, at age 75.

Stiers, of course, was best known for playing snooty Boston blueblood Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester on TV’s “M*A*S*H.” Winchester wasn’t my favorite character on the show, but he definitely had his moments, as when he bonded unexpectedly with Cpl. Klinger (Jamie Farr) in a Christmas episode, and particularly his well-rounded story arc in the series’ famous finale.

In later years, Stiers was reticent to discuss “M*A*S*H” in interviews because he didn’t want to be known only for his work on that show. And who could blame him? He had a long-running career on stage and in film as well as TV. His first movie role was as narrator of George Lucas’ debut film, THX-1138. He also did voice work for many Disney cartoons: Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, corrupt Gov. Ratcliffe in Pocahontas, and the voice-of-conscience archdeacon in my all-time favorite Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

His was a rich talent, and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Maj. Winchester.

 

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