Sunday, March 4, 2018

David Ogden Stiers Dead At 75


A HUGE part in the fantastic final act on what is argueably the greatest show in Television history. MASH reinvented itself many time but was never as strong artistically as when they had Charles Winchester to kick around. But he was the equal of Hawkeye and BJ with a will that could NOT be broken. I loved MASH as a kid and it was one show I enjoyed with my Father right up until her passed.


LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday. He was 75.
 
His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore.
 
For his work on “M*A*S*H,” Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982, and he earned a third Emmy nomination for his performance in NBC miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens 1896″ as William Milligan Sloane, the founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
 
The actor, with his educated, resonant intonations ― though he did not share Major Winchester’s Boston Brahmin accent ― was much in demand for narration and voiceover work, and for efforts as the narrator and as of Disney’s enormous hit animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” he shared a Grammy win for best recording for children and another nomination for album of the year.
 
He voiced Dr. Jumba Jookiba, the evil genius who created Stitch, in 2002′s “Lilo & Stitch” and various spinoffs; once he became part of the Disney family, Stiers went on to do voicework on a large number of movies, made for TV or video content and videogames.
 
In addition to serving as narrator and as the voice of Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, he voiced Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in Disney’s 1995 animated effort “Pocahontas” and voiced the Archdeacon in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He also contributed the voice of the grandfather for the English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1992 animation “Porco Rosso” and of Kamaji in Miyazki’s classic “Spirited Away” in 2001. From 2011-15 he recurred on Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show.”
 
Indeed, it was his voice that earned him his first screen credit ― as the announcer in George Lucas’ 1971 film “THX 1138.”
 




5 comments:

Lily Ten said...
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Debra She Who Seeks said...

He was an infinitely better foil for Hawkeye and BJ than that cartoonish oaf Major Burns. I was sorry to hear of his passing yesterday too.

DrGoat said...

Sorry to here about him passing. I still watch MASH every week. They re-run it on 2 channels. Still funny and still entertaining.
And on another note, Lily...just go away.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So sad to hear he passed. He was great in Doc Hollywood as well.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

And he was Jumba in Lilo and Stitch, one of my favorite Disney movies. Frank Burns was too stupid to get back at those pranksters but Charles was brilliant at times. Plus his final story was very sad and very well acted and really reminded us all of the futility of war. I will never forget those scenes.