M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75
David Ogden Stiers, known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III
in the TV comedy series "M*A*S*H," died Saturday, the agency representing him said.
The actor was 75.
He died "peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with
bladder cancer," the MKS Talent Agency tweeted.
"His talent was only surpassed by his heart," the agency added.
Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1942. He was nominated for two Emmy awards
for his performance as Winchester in "M*A*S*H," the popular series that ran for
11 seasons from 1972 until its high-rated finale in February 1983.
The show, based on a 1970 movie, centered on Army surgeons and staffers during the
Korean War. Characters such as chief surgeon Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda)
dished out wry humor as they dealt with the stress of wartime, battlefield injuries
physical and psychological, and death.
He joined the cast in 1977, filling the void left after the departure of actor Larry Linville's
Frank Burns from the show but by the series' end he was as much a part of the team as
the original cast.