M*A*S*H actor dead at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 75

His agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed the sad news via Twitter saying that the star passed away at his home in Newport, Oregon.

"His talent was only surpassed by his heart", Stubbs said. His first major voiceover role in animation was as the fussy clock Cogsworth in 1991's Beauty and the Beast, which was only the first in many roles for Disney. He also played Jumba in popular cartoon movie Lilo and Stitch. 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. Classically trained at the Juilliard School and the Houseman Acting Company, he launched into films with voice-over work in George Lucas' "THX 1138".

He also appeared in "Kojak", "Charlie's Angels", "The Dead Zone" and was also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason TV movies.

In addition to playing the aristocratic Maj.

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On "MASH" Stiers' Major Winchester was witty where Frank Burns had been vapid - with his Harvard education, a match for Alan Alda's Hawkeye in the operating room and, unlike Frank, a worthy adversary in the ongoing battle of the pranks in the Swamp.

Social media has been flooded with tributes for the star since his passing with many describing him as a "talented" actor who contributed greatly to so many people's childhood memories.

"Without it I don't think I would even be an actor". Charles Emerson Winchester III in M*A*S*H from 1977 to 1983.

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