M*A*S*H actor David Odgen Stiers dies at age 75

Posted March 05, 2018

Stubbs retweeted a message from the MKS Talent Agency account that wrote: "I am very sad to report that David died this morning March 3, 2018 peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer".

"My dear friend and client of 30 years is gone", representative Mitchell Stubbs of Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates said in a statement to THR on Saturday. The character was often the comic foil to the hijinks of Alda's "Hawkeye" and Mike Farrell's Captain B.J. Hunnicutt.

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Stiers' had been battling bladder cancer.

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. Among his big-screen work, he may be most noted among '80s fans for his role as John Cusack's father in the cult-classic 1985 comedy Better Off Dead. 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 quickly got his foot in the door in television and he earned roles in popular series like Charlie's Angels and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. So it was always poignant when an emotional crack opened in his self-satisfied mien. I wish people could know the lovely heart that he had.

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However, Stiers' most well-known role has to be the arrogant and reclusive Charles Winchester in M*A*S*H, a medical surgeon stationed in South Korea during the war. Charles Winchester III on "M.A.S.H." beginning in its sixth season, replacing Larry Linville after he left the series.

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