“M*A*S*H Veteran David Ogden Stiers Has Died

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center, on the set of M*A*S*H. DiMaio was set to have a more prominent role in the series but managed to amputate the wrong leg of a patient and was dropped by the production company’s malpractice insurance.

Newport, OR—Let us put this as clearly and succinctly as possible: Korean War veteran and former talking clock David Ogden Stiers has died from bladder cancer. He was 75.

Best known for his role as arrogant but brilliant New England surgeon Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H for the last six years of the program, Stiers also appeared in such television shows as “North and South,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” a slew of Perry Mason movies as the losing D.A. and “Two Guys and a Girl.”

On the big screen, aside from voicing Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” Stiers was also in “Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time,” “Lady in the Water,” “RECOiL” and “Better off Dead.”

He was also an accomplished conductor, working with the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Oregon, as well as 70 other orchestras around the world.

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