"M*A*S*H" actor David Ogden Stiers dies at 75

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Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role in the eighties hit sitcom M*A*S*H died yesterday.

The American star, who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester in the war-based comedy, lost his battle with bladder cancer on Saturday night.

Actor David Ogden Stiers, here pictured attending a special screening and panel discussion of "Beauty and the Beast" in 2016, has died, aged 75.

"I am very sad to report that David died this morning March 3, 2018, peacefully at his home in Newport, OR after a courageous battle with bladder cancer", agent Mitchell K Stubbs wrote. Or as the needling dadAl Meyer in 1985's Better Off Dead. He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, "THX 1138".

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His earlier television credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak and Charlie's Angels. 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 had notable parts in Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch. Winchester, alike many of Stiers' characters, was a most beloved one and many fans have taken to Twitter to show just how much the great actor meant to them.

David Allen Ogden Stiers was born not in New England but in Peoria, Ill., Variety said, though the family moved to Eugene, Ore., while he was in high school.

"Without it I don't think I would even be an actor".

Stiers joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season starting in 1977, replacing Larry Linville's Frank Burns as foil to Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and B.J.