M*A*S*H remains today the most-watched series finale in television history, after an 11-season run from Sept. 1972 to Feb. 1983.
The show’s success even spun three spin-off series following its conclusion.
It was one of the most popular television shows of all-time.
It comes with great sadness that news broke today that one of the cast members had passed away after a courageous battle against bladder cancer.
David Ogden Stiers died of cancer on Saturday, March 3, his agent confirmed. He was 75 years old.
“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,” Stiers’ agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs tweeted. “His talent was only surpassed by his heart.”
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.
His talent was only surpassed by his heart. pic.twitter.com/fjuGmbVYgd
— MKS Talent Agency (@MKSTalentAgency) March 3, 2018
Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester III, earned two Emmy nominations for his role on M*A*S*H. Stiers starred on the series from 1977 to 1983.
He was also well-known for lending his voice in eight Disney films, including Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast and Jumba in Lilo & Stitch. Stiers also had regular appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, and Frasier.
Reactions quickly started pouring in with touching memories and kind words about the late-actor.
One of the greatest privileges of my life was working with David Ogden Stiers when he guest-directed a short play at my high school. A wonderful man who made everyone feel like they had something to offer. RIP. https://t.co/fGUwYtjwUm
— Mark Miller (@markdmiller2) March 4, 2018
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) March 4, 2018
RIP David Ogden Stiers. Pretty sure there’s another generation about to discover the brilliance of Major Charles Winchester III at the heart of some the greatest late season episodes of MASH.
— Jesse Stern (@JesseStern) March 4, 2018
One fan on Twitter said it best, “Cogsworth, Lumiere will guide you home.”
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time of mourning.
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