M*A*S*H star David Ogden Stiers passes away age 75

He joined "M*A*S*H" in 1977, filling the spot left when Larry Linville left the series.

Stiers graduated from high school in Eugene, Oregon, before beginning his acting career at the California Shakespeare Festival in Santa Clara.

Stiers also found success as a voice actor, with his most famous role coming in Disney's animated 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth.

Stiers was the associate conductor for the Newport (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He voiced popular Disney characters such as Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast" and Jumba in "Lilo & Stitch". He went to the University of OR for a short time before moving west to join the Actors Workshop in San Francisco, the California Shakespeare Festival and the improvisational acting group the Committee. That role would go on to earn David two Emmy nominations - once in 1981 and again in 1982.

He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, THX 1138.

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An avid classical music fan, he was a resident conductor for the Newport Symphony in OR and guest conducted orchestras around the country in dozens of productions. He starred in this role for six years and 131 episodes.

Stiers came out as gay at age 66 in 2009, telling gossip-boy.com, "I am [gay]".

Although Stiers continued to work in front of the camera, his booming voice soon became familiar to children around the world who grew up on Disney movies of the 1990s. "Very proud to be so".

Stiers spent time in the Northland while filming the movie "Iron Will", in which he portrayed the character J.W. Harper. "His friends and family knew, as he told us so", Stubbs said.

  • Michelle Webb