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Stiers as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, M*A*S*H, 1977
David Allen Ogden Stiers

(1942-10-31)October 31, 1942
DiedMarch 3, 2018(2018-03-03) (aged 75)
  • Actor
  • conductor
Years active1966–2017
EmployerNewport Symphony
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Political party Democratic
Awards TV Land Impact Award (2009)

David Allen Ogden Stiers ( /ˈst.ərz/ STY-ərz; [1] October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018) was an American actor and conductor. He appeared in numerous productions on Broadway, and originated the role of Feldman in The Magic Show , in which he appeared for four years between 1974 and 1978.


In 1977, he was cast as Major Charles Emerson Winchester, III, M.D., on the television series M*A*S*H , a role he portrayed until the series' conclusion in 1983, and which earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He appeared prominently in the 1980s in the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason television films, and voiced a number of Disney characters during the 1990s and 2000s, most notably Cogsworth in 1991's Beauty and the Beast , Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in 1995's Pocahontas , Kamaji in 2001's Spirited Away , and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in 2002's Lilo & Stitch , its sequel films, and Lilo & Stitch: The Series . He appeared in television again on the supernatural drama series The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy, a role he portrayed from 2002 to 2007.

Stiers continued to contribute voice work for films and television productions in his later years, narrating M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water (2006) and having a recurring role on the animated series Regular Show . Stiers spent his later years as a conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra.

Early life

Stiers was born at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, on Halloween 1942, [2] the son of Margaret Elizabeth (née Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers, [3] and grew up in Peoria Heights, Chillicothe, and Urbana, Illinois. [2] He attended Urbana High School as a freshman and sophomore where one of his classmates was Roger Ebert. [4] Stiers' family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School, and briefly attended the University of Oregon, before enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City, from where he graduated in 1972. [5]

Stiers subsequently moved to San Francisco, where he performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actors Workshop, and the improv group The Committee, whose members included Rob Reiner, Howard Hesseman, and Peter Bonerz. In California, he worked for the Santa Clara Shakespeare Festival for seven years. [6] Stiers relocated to New York City in the 1960s to study at the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 1: 1968–1972). [7] During his studies, Stiers was mentored by actor John Houseman, whose City Center Acting Company he later joined. [8]


Early acting credits

Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. This was followed by several other Broadway productions, including The Three Sisters and The Beggar's Opera . [6] Subsequent early credits included roles on the television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Kojak , and Rhoda . Stiers also appeared in the pilot of Charlie's Angels as the team's chief backup. [9]

M*A*S*H (1977–1983)

Cast photo from M*A*S*H for 1977: Front row from left - Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, Mike Farrell. Back row from left - William Christopher, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, and Jamie Farr MASH Cast 1977.JPG
Cast photo from M*A*S*H for 1977: Front row from left - Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, Mike Farrell. Back row from left - William Christopher, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, and Jamie Farr

In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of the CBS sitcom M*A*S*H. As Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, Stiers filled the void created by the departure of actor Larry Linville's Frank Burns character. [10] In contrast to the buffoonish Burns, Winchester was articulate and socially sophisticated, and a highly talented surgeon who presented a very different type of foil to Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce and Mike Farrell's B.J. Hunnicutt. [10] Burns usually served as the butt of practical jokes instigated by Pierce or Hunnicutt, was frequently inundated by insults for which he had no comebacks, and was often harshly criticized for his surgical skills. Winchester, however, presented a challenge to his colleagues' displays of irreverence, since his surgical skills could match or even outshine their own and, when it came to pranks and insults, he frequently outmanoeuvred his opponent; his patrician manner and aversion to puerile behavior served as the target for his fellow surgeons' barbs and jokes. At times, however, Winchester could align himself with Pierce and Hunnicutt, and the occasional tantrum aside, held considerable admiration for his commanding officer, Harry Morgan's Colonel Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but emotionally complex Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations. [11]

Other television work

After M*A*S*H completed its run in 1983, Stiers made guest appearances on the television shows North and South , Star Trek: The Next Generation , Murder, She Wrote , Matlock , Touched by an Angel , Wings , ALF , and Frasier , along with a regular role in the first season of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place as Mr. Bauer. In 1984, he portrayed United States Olympic Committee founder William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896 for which he received another Emmy nomination. [12] Beginning in 1985, Stiers made his first of eight appearances in Perry Mason made-for-TV movies as District Attorney Michael Reston. He appeared in two unsuccessful television projects, Love & Money and Justice League of America (as the Martian Manhunter). In 2002, Stiers started a recurring role as the Reverend Purdy on the successful USA Network series The Dead Zone with Anthony Michael Hall. In 2006, he was cast as the recurring character Oberoth in Stargate Atlantis .

Voice work

Stiers provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects. His first work was on one of George Lucas's earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138 , in which he was incorrectly billed as "David Ogden Steers". Stiers voiced PBS documentary films such as Ric Burns's project New York: A Documentary Film , 2010 Peabody Award winner The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today , and several episodes of the documentary television series American Experience , [13] including Ansel Adams (2002), also directed by Ric Burns. He voiced Mr. Piccolo in the animated English-dubbed version of Studio Ghibli's 1992 film Porco Rosso , as well as Kamaji in the English dub of the studio's 2001 film Spirited Away . He collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, including 1991's Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth, also providing the opening narration), 1995's Pocahontas (as Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins), 1996's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as the Archdeacon), 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (as Mr. Harcourt), and 2002's Lilo & Stitch (as Jumba Jookiba). He reprised a number of his Disney roles for various sequels, most notably with Jumba in Lilo & Stitch's three sequel films (2003's Stitch! The Movie , 2005's Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch , and 2006's Leroy & Stitch ) and Lilo & Stitch: The Series .

He lent his voice to the direct-to-video Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) as the Penguin. Stiers did voice work for Solovar in a two-part episode, "The Brave and The Bold" of Justice League and voiced Solovar again in a Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning". He voiced Mr. Jolly from Teacher's Pet . He voiced the king and prime minister in the 2004 short film The Cat That Looked at a King . In Hoodwinked (2005), the animated movie partly based on Little Red Riding Hood, Stiers voiced the role of Nicky Flippers, the frog detective who is dispatched to Granny's house. He voiced Pop's father, Mr. Maellard, in the animated TV series Regular Show , which debuted in 2010. Stiers had voices in several video games, including Icewind Dale , Kingdom Hearts II , Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep , as Jeff Zandi in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst , and as Esher in Myst V: End of Ages .

Stiers was the reader for numerous audiobook versions of novels, including Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full (1998), and Colleen McCullough's The First Man in Rome .


Though he had no formal musical training, Stiers was the associate conductor of the Newport (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He also played a major role in establishing the Newport Symphony. [14] He also guest-conducted over 70 orchestras around the world, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Vancouver Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, and the Yaquina (Oregon) Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. [15] [16] [17]

Stiers traced his love of music back to a performance by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on the basketball court at the University of Oregon in the 1950s. During his days at Juilliard, he would skip his acting classes to sit in on master classes led by such notables as John Williams, Pierre Boulez, and Sir Georg Solti. [18]

Personal life

Stiers came out as gay in 2009. [19]


Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on March 3, 2018, at the age of 75, from complications related to bladder cancer. [20] His will made provisions for bequests to several arts organizations in his area, including the Newport Symphony, Newport Public Library, and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, among others. [21]



1971 THX 1138 Announcer (voice)Credited as David Ogden Steers
Drive, He Said Pro Owner
1977 Oh, God! Mr. McCarthy, District Produce Manager
Magic Todson
1979Breaking Up Is Hard to DoHoward Freed TV movie
1981 Harry's War Ernie
1985Emory BreedloveTV movie
Better Off Dead... Al Meyer
Creator Dr. Sid Kullenbeck
1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Horton DelafieldTV movie
1987Colonel BlackTV movie
J. Edgar Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt TV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love D.A. Michael RestonTV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam TV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun TV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel TV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star TV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit TV movie
1988 Another Woman Young Marion's Father
Porter Leary
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace D.A. Michael RestonTV movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake TV movie
1989 Day One Franklin D. Roosevelt TV movie
Alexander Haig TV movie
1991 Doc Hollywood Mayor Nick Nicholson
Beauty and the Beast
Wife, Mother, Murderer John HomanTV movie
Shadows and Fog Hacker
1992Dr. Saxton Pope
Porco Rosso Grandpa Piccolo (voice)(English version)
1993Taking LibertyBenjamin Franklin
1994 Iron Will J.W. Harper
Past Tense Dr. Bert JamesTV movie
1995 Bad Company Judge Beach
Napoleon Koala / Owl (voices)
Pocahontas Governor Ratcliffe / Wiggins (voice)
Mighty Aphrodite Laius
Steal Big Steal Little Judge Winton Myers
1996Archdeacon (voice)
Everyone Says I Love You Holden's Father
To Face Her Past Ken BradfieldTV movie
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Direct-to-video
Justice League of America J'onn J'onzz / Martian ManhunterTV movie
Meet Wally Sparks Governor Floyd Preston
Jungle 2 Jungle Alexei Jovanovic
1998 Belle's Magical World Direct-to-video
Krippendorf's Tribe Henry Spivey
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Governor Ratcliffe / Duke of Buckingham (voices)Direct-to-video
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Narrator (voice)(English version)
The Stand-InProfessor Smith
2001 Tomcats Dr. Crawford
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Fenton Q. Harcourt (voice)
Spirited Away Kamaji (voice)(English version)
Doc Stanton
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Direct-to-video
Stanford ThorntonTV movie
2002 Lilo & Stitch Dr. Jumba Jookiba (voice)
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Penguin (voice)Direct-to-video
Stitch! The Movie Direct-to-video
2004 Cable Beach Doc McWhirterTelevision film
Springtime with Roo Narrator (voice)Direct-to-video
Teacher's Pet Mr. Jolly (voice)
2005 Hoodwinked! Nicky Flippers (voice)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Direct-to-video
Short, Uncredited
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Narrator (voice)
2006 Lady in the Water Narrator (voice)Uncredited
Leroy & Stitch Direct-to-video
2008Together Again for the First TimeMax FrobisherTV movie
2009Not Dead YetWilliam Weinshawler
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Nicky Flippers (voice)
2017Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of TimeThe Admiral
The Joneses UnpluggedRalph WilsonTV movie, (final film role)


1975 Kojak Bryan LeBlanc / Mr. RobertsEpisode: "Money Back Guarantee"
1976 Charlie's Angels Scott WoodvilleEpisode: "Charlie's Angels" (Pilot)
1976 Doc Stanley Moss7 episodes
1976–1977Mel Price3 episodes
1976 Phyllis Mr. RaymondEpisode: "The Wrong Box"
1976–1977 Rhoda Dr. Curt Dreiser / George2 episodes
1977 This Is the Life HarryEpisode: "Undertow"
CleaverEpisode: "Case: The People Speak"
1977–1983 M*A*S*H Major Charles Emerson Winchester III 131 episodes
1978Woodrow TullisEpisode: "An Act of Desperation"
1981Peter StennerEpisode: "Me and Mr. Stenner"
1983 American Playhouse DocEpisode: "The Innocents Abroad"
1984 William Milligan Sloane Miniseries
1985 North and South Congressman Sam GreeneMiniseries; 6 episodes
1986–1996 Murder, She Wrote Howard Deems / Sergei Nemiroff / Aubrey Thornton3 episodes
1986 North and South, Book II Congressman Sam GreeneMiniseries; 6 episodes
1987–1988 Matlock Thomas Baldwin / Arthur Hampton3 episodes
1988 ALF Flakey Pete2 episodes
1989Leonard MeadEpisode: "The Pedestrian"
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Jack HendersonEpisode: "American Eyes"
Married People Dr. CashinEpisode: "Term Paper"
Wings Edward TinsdaleEpisode: "A Little Nightmare Music"
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation TimicinEpisode: "Half a Life"
1993 Jack's Place Flower ManEpisode: "Forever and Ever"
1994George SpivackEpisode: "A Tree Dies in Portland"
1995–2011 American Experience Narrator (voice)32 episodes
1996 Cybill ValEpisode: "Educating Zoey"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Randolph HitchcockEpisode: "The Twelfth Cave"
1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Theodore QuinnEpisode: "Farewell Appearance"
1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series VLAD (voice)Episode: "Out to Launch/Prophet and Loss"
Ally McBeal Judge Andrew PetersEpisode: "They Eat Horses, Don't They?"
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Mr. Bauer13 episodes
1999Byron Beaver (voice)Episode: "Kreature Komforts/Oh, Brother?"
Judge HollingsEpisode: "Infected"
Reverend Dr. Thomas TilfordEpisode: "The Shroud"
1999–2000 Love & Money Nicholas Conklin13 episodes
2000Karroo (voice)Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"
Bull Gardner Blackstone4 episodes
Mr. HarringtonEpisode: "Say Cheese"
2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Mr. Jolly / Narrator / Congressman (voices)13 episodes
2001–2002 Disney's House of Mouse 3 episodes
2002 Arli$$ EliEpisode: "It's All in the Game"
Justice League Solovar / Car Owner (voice)3 episodes
2002–2007Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy40 episodes
2003 Frasier Dr. Leland BartonEpisode: "Fathers and Sons"
2003 Touched by an Angel Jones2 episodes
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series 64 episodes
2004 Static Shock Dr. Odium (voice)Episode: "Hoop Squad"
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Narrator / Crew Man (voices)Episode: "The Talented Mr. Long"
2005 Nova NarratorEpisode: "A Daring Flight"
2006–2007 Stargate Atlantis Oberoth3 episodes
2006JensonEpisode: "Pilot"
2007The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman NarratorDocumentary miniseries
2011 Leverage Walt Whitman Wellesley IVEpisode: "The Lonely Hearts Job"
2011–2016 Regular Show Mr. Maellard (voice)18 episodes
2015 Rizzoli & Isles Dr. IslesEpisode: "Nice to Meet You, Dr. Isles"

Video games

1996 Toonstruck King Hugh
2000 Icewind Dale Narrator
2002 Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 Dr. Jumba Jookiba
2002 Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise Dr. Jumba Jookiba
2002Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian AdventureDr. Jumba Jookiba
2003 Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Jeff Zandi
2004 Uru: To D'ni Dr. Richard Watson
2005 Myst V: End of Ages Esher
Kingdom Hearts II Cogsworth
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix Cogsworth
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Dr. Jumba Jookiba
2016 Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Belhifet

Stage credits

December 19, 1973 – January 11, 1974 Three Sisters KulyginBroadway [22]
December 22, 1973 – December 31, 1973 The Beggar's Opera PeachumBroadway [22]
December 26, 1973 – January 5, 1974 Measure for Measure The DukeBroadway [22]
December 28, 1973ScapinGeronteBroadway [22]
January 2, 1974 – January 6, 1974Next Time I'll Sing to YouHermitBroadway; understudy [22]
March 10, 1974 – May 11, 1974 Ulysses in Nighttown Buck Mulligan / 2nd Watch / Bishop of Erin / Dr. MulliganBroadway [22]
May 28, 1974 – December 31, 1978 The Magic Show FeldmanBroadway [22]
April 18, 1994 – July 29, 2007 Beauty and the Beast Prologue NarratorBroadway [22]
November 22, 2009 – January 3, 2010 Irving Berlin's White Christmas General Henry WaverlyBroadway [22]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilm/TV showResult
1981 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesM*A*S*HNominated
1984Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Nominated
2001 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production Teacher's Pet Nominated
2009 TV Land Award Best CastM*A*S*HWon

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