David Ogden Stiers (1942 - 2018)

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David Ogden Stiers, the actor best known to audiences as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in "M*A*S*H*," died at his home in Newport, Ore. following a battle with bladder cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 75.

His agent, Mitchell Stubbs, told The Oregonian that Stiers died peacefully in his home.

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Stiers played the snobby, blue blood surgeon Major Winchester for six seasons in the acclaimed TV dramedy. His character replaced series antagonist Frank Burns, played by Larry Linville, who left the show after the end of the fifth season.

Winchester developed into a different kind of foil for Hawkeye and the pranksters of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. He was pompous, but a skilled surgeon who remained in touch with his humanity. Stiers was twice nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

He made guest appearances on dozens to TV shows over the years, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Murder, She Wrote," "Matlock," and the Perry Mason made-for-TV movies.

Stiers was also a prolific voice actor. For over a decade he was a frequent voice in Disney animated features. His credits include "Lilo & Stitch," "Pocahontas," and perhaps most notable of all, Cogsworth the clock in "Beauty and the Beast."

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