David Ogden Stiers
|David Ogden Stiers|
October 31, 1942 |
Peoria, Illinois, United States
|Occupation||Actor, director, narrator, vocal actor|
David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an American actor, director, vocal actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney films, the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the science fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He is also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in the Perry Mason TV movies.
Early life and education 
Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Margaret Elizabeth (née Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He attended Urbana High School, at the same time as film critic Roger Ebert. He went to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School and briefly attended the University of Oregon. He later ventured to San Francisco, where he performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actors Workshop, and the improv group The Committee, whose members included Rob Reiner and Howard Hesseman. Stiers studied at the Juilliard School. During his studies, Stiers was mentored by actor John Houseman and would later join his City Center Acting Company.
Early acting credits 
Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. Later his early credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda. Stiers also appeared in the pilot of Charlie’s Angels as the team's chief back-up.
M*A*S*H (1977–1983) 
In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of the now iconic CBS-TV sitcom M*A*S*H. As Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, Stiers filled the void created by the departure of actor Larry Linville's Frank Burns character. In contrast to the buffoonish Burns, Winchester was a well-spoken and talented surgeon who presented a different type of foil to Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce and Mike Farrell's B.J. Hunnicutt. Burns usually served as the butt of practical jokes instigated by Pierce or Hunnicutt, and his surgical skills were often harshly criticized. Winchester, however, presented a challenge to his colleagues' displays of irreverence because his surgical skills could match or even outshine theirs; his aristocratic manner and aversion to the puerile behavior served as the target for his fellow surgeons' barbs and jokes. At times, however, Winchester could align himself with Pierce and Hunnicutt and held considerable admiration for CO Col. Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but nonetheless multifaceted Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.
Other television work 
Following the completion of M*A*S*H, Stiers expanded his work on television with regular guest appearances on North and South; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; Touched by an Angel; Wings; and Frasier, along with a recurring role in Season 1 of Two Guys and a Girl as Mr. Bauer. In 1984, he portrayed United States Olympic Committee founder, William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896. He also had guest appearances on ALF and Matlock. He appeared in two unsuccessful television projects, Love & Money and Justice League of America (as the Martian Manhunter). In 2002, Stiers started a recurring role as the Reverend Purdy on the successful USA Network series The Dead Zone with Anthony Michael Hall. In 2006, he was cast as the recurring character Oberoth in Stargate Atlantis. Stiers also appeared in several Perry Mason made-for-TV movies in the 1980s as District Attorney Michael Reston.
Vocal work 
Stiers has provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects. His first work was on one of George Lucas’ earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138, in which he was incorrectly billed as "David Ogden Steers". Stiers has voiced PBS documentary films such as Ric Burns’ project New York: A Documentary Film, 2010 Peabody Award winner The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today and several episodes of the documentary television series The American Experience, including Ansel Adams (2002), also directed by Ric Burns. In 1992, he voiced Mr. Piccolo in the animated English-dubbed version of Porco Rosso. He has collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, such as Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth, also opening narration), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as the Archdeacon), Pocahontas (as Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (as Mr. Harcourt), and Lilo and Stitch (as Jumba Jookiba). He also lent his voice to the direct-to-video Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) as the Penguin. Stiers also did voice work for Solovar in a two-part episode "The Brave and The Bold" in Justice League and voiced Solovar again in a Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning". He also voiced Gryzlikoff in Darkwing Duck and Mr. Jolly in Teacher's Pet. He also voiced the king and prime minister in a short film, The Cat That Looked at a King, in 2004. In Hoodwinked (2005), the animated movie partly based on Little Red Riding Hood, Stiers voiced the role of Nicky Flippers, the frog detective dispatched to Granny's house. He voiced Pop's father, Mr. Maellard, in the animated TV series Regular Show, which debuted in 2010. Stiers had voices in several video games, including Icewind Dale, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, as Jeff Zandi in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, and as Esher in Myst V: End of Ages.
Stiers is the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He has guest conducted over 70 orchestras around the world, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Vancouver Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, the Yaquina (Ore.) Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.
Film and television 
|Film||1971||Drive, He Said||Pro Owner|
|Film||1971||THX 1138||Announcer||voice actor|
|TV series||1975||Kojak||"Money Back Guarantee"||Bryan LeBlanc / Mr. Roberts||1 episode|
|TV series||1976||Charlie's Angels||"Charlie's Angels" (Pilot)||Scott Woodville||1 episode|
"A Little Night Visitor"|
"And Stanley Makes Three"
"Carry on Nurse, Please"
"Come Scrub with Me"
"EKG and Vote for Me"
"The Westside Clinic and Deli"
|Stanley Moss||7 episodes|
|TV series||1976||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||"Look at Us, We're Walking"||Mel Price||3 episodes total|
|TV film||1976||The New Lorenzo Music Show|
|TV series||1976||Phyllis||"The Wrong Box"||Mr. Raymond||1 episode|
|TV series||1976||Rhoda||"If You Want to Shoot the Rapids, You Have to Get Wet"||George||2 episodes total|
|TV film||1977||A Circle of Children||Dan Franklin|
|Film||1977||Oh, God!||Mr. McCarthy, District Produce Manager|
|TV series||1977||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||
"The Ted and Georgette Show"
|Mel Price||3 episodes total|
|TV series||1977||Rhoda||"Nose Job"||Dr. Curt Dreiser||2 episodes total|
|TV series||1977||The Tony Randall Show||"Case: The People Speak"||Cleaver||1 episode|
|TV series||1977–1983||M*A*S*H||Major Charles Emerson Winchester III||131 episodes total|
|Film||1978||The Cheap Detective||Captain|
|TV film||1978||A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story||Dr. Charles Mayo|
|TV series||1978||The Paper Chase||"An Act of Desperation"||Woodrow Tullis||1 episode|
|TV film||1978||Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force||G-2 captain|
|TV film||1979||Breaking Up Is Hard to Do||Howard Freed|
|TV series||1979||$weepstake$||"Episode #1.4"||Wally||1 episode|
|TV film||1980||Father Damien: The Leper Priest||Dr. Mouritz|
|TV film||1980||The Oldest Living Graduate||Major||based on the play by Preston Jones|
|TV series||1981||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||"Me and Mr. Stenner"||Peter Stenner||1 episode|
|TV film||1982||The Day the Bubble Burst||William Crapo Durant|
|TV series||1983||American Playhouse||"The Innocents Abroad"||Doc||based on the travel book by Mark Twain|
|TV film||1984||Anatomy of an Illness||Cleveland Amory|
|TV miniseries||1984||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||William Milligan Sloane|
|TV film||1985||The Bad Seed||Emory Breedlove|
|Film||1985||Better Off Dead...||Al Meyer|
|Film||1985||Creator||Dr. Sid Kullenbeck|
|Film||1985||The Man with One Red Shoe||The Conductor|
|TV miniseries||1985||North and South||Congressman Sam Greene||6 episodes|
|TV film||1986||Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry||Horton Delafield|
|TV series||1986||Murder, She Wrote||"Corned Beef and Carnage"||Aubrey Thornton||3 episodes total|
|TV miniseries||1986||North and South, Book II||Congressman Sam Greene||6 episodes|
|TV film||1987||The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory||Colonel Black|
|TV film||1987||J. Edgar Hoover||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|TV series||1987||Matlock||"Blind Justice"||Arthur Hampton||3 episodes total|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1987||Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit||D.A. Michael Reston|
|Film||1988||The Accidental Tourist||Porter Leary|
|TV series||1988||ALF||"Turkey in the Straw: Part 1"
"Turkey in the Straw: Part 2"
|Flakey Pete||2 episodes|
|Film||1988||Another Woman||Young Marion's Father|
"The Ambassador: Part 1"|
"The Ambassador: Part 2"
|Thomas Baldwin||3 episodes total|
|TV film||1988||Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1988||Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake||D.A. Michael Reston|
|TV film||1989||Day One||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|TV film||1989||The Final Days||Alexander Haig|
|TV film||1989||Final Notice|
|TV series||1989||The Ray Bradbury Theater||The Pedestrian""||Leonard Mead||1 episode|
|TV series||1990||CBS Schoolbreak Special||"American Eyes"||Jack Henderson||1 episode|
|TV film||1990||How to Murder a Millionaire||Gilbert|
|TV film||1990||The Kissing Place||Charles Tulane|
|TV series||1990||Married People||"Term Paper"||Dr. Cashin||1 episode|
|TV series||1990||Wings||"A Little Nightmare Music"||Edward Tinsdale||1 episode|
|Animated film||1991||Beauty and the Beast||Cogsworth / Narrator||voice actor|
|Film||1991||Doc Hollywood||Mayor Nick Nicholson|
|Film||1991||Shadows and Fog||Hacker|
|TV series||1991||Star Trek: The Next Generation||"Half a Life"||Timicin||1 episode|
|TV film||1991||Wife, Mother, Murderer||John Homan|
|Film||1992||The Last of His Tribe||Dr. Saxton Pope|
|TV film||1992||Mastergate||Shepherd Hunter|
|Animated film||1992||Porco Rosso||Grandpa Piccolo||voice actor; English version|
|TV series||1993||Jack's Place||"Forever and Ever"||Flower Man||1 episode|
|Film||1993||Taking Liberty||Benjamin Franklin|
|TV film||1993||Without a Kiss Goodbye||Gerald Orr|
|TV series||1994||The Boys Are Back||"A Tree Dies in Portland"||George Spivack||1 episode|
|Film||1994||Iron Will||J.W. Harper|
|TV series||1994||Murder, She Wrote||"An Egg to Die For"||Sergei Nemiroff||3 episodes total|
|TV film||1994||Past Tense||Dr. Bert James|
|Film||1995||Bad Company||Judge Beach|
|Film||1995||Napoleon||Koala / Owl||voice actor|
|Animated film||1995||Pocahontas||Governor Ratcliffe / Wiggins||voice actor|
|Film||1995||Steal Big Steal Little||Judge Winton Myers|
|TV documentary series||1995–2011||American Experience||Narrator||voice actor; 32 episodes|
|TV series||1996||Cybill||"Educating Zoey"||Val||1 episode|
|Film||1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Holden's Parent|
|Animated film||1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Archdeacon||voice actor|
|TV series||1996||Murder, She Wrote||"Death by Demographics"||Howard Deems||3 episodes total|
|TV series||1996||Poltergeist: The Legacy||"The Twelfth Cave"||Randolph Hitchcock||1 episode|
|TV film||1996||To Face Her Past||Ken Bradfield|
|Animated film||1997||Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||Cogsworth||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||1997||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||"Farewell Appearance"||Theodore Quinn||1 episode|
|TV film||1997||Justice League of America||J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter|
|Film||1997||Jungle 2 Jungle||Alexei Jovanovic|
|Film||1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Governor Floyd Preston|
|Animated TV series||1998||101 Dalmatians: The Series||"Out to Launch/Prophet and Loss"||VLAD||voice actor|
|TV series||1998||Ally McBeal||"They Eat Horses, Don't They?"||Judge Andrew Peters||1 episode|
|Animated film||1998||Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World||Cogsworth||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|Film||1998||Krippendorf's Tribe||Henry Spivey|
|Animated film||1998||Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||Governor Ratcliffe/Duke of Buckingham||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||1998||Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Mr. Bauer||13 episodes|
|Animated TV series||1999||The Angry Beavers||"Kreature Komforts/Oh, Brother?"||Byron Beaver||voice actor|
|Animated film||1999||My Neighbors the Yamadas||Narrator||voice actor; English version|
|TV series||1999||The Outer Limits||"The Shroud"||Reverend Dr. Thomas Tilford||1 episode|
|TV series||1999||The Practice||"Infected"||Judge Hollings||1 episode|
|Film||1999||The Stand-In||Professor Smith|
|TV series||1999–2000||Love & Money||Nicholas Conklin||13 episodes|
|TV series||2000||Bull||"How Green Is Your Mail?"
"Who's Afraid of Chairman Al"
"Monday, Bloody Monday"
|Gardner Blackstone||4 episodes|
|TV series||2000||The Trouble With Normal||"Say Cheese"||Mr. Harrington||1 episode|
|Animated TV series||2000||The Wild Thornberrys||"Luck Be an Aye-Aye"||Karroo||voice actor; 1 episode|
|Animated TV series||2000–2002||Teacher's Pet||Mr. Jolly / Narrator / Congressman||voice actor; 13 episodes|
|Animated film||2001||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Fenton Q. Harcourt||voice actor|
|Film||2001||The Curse of the Jade Scorpion||Voltan|
|TV film||2001||Food for Thought||Professor Rinkle|
|Film||2001||The Majestic||Doc Stanton|
|Animated film||2001||Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||Cogsworth||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV film||2001||Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man||Stanford Thornton||Murder, She Wrote TV series|
|Animated film||2001||Spirited Away||Kamajii||voice actor; English version|
|Animated TV series||2001–2002||Disney's House of Mouse||"Thanks to Minnie"
"Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation"
"Donald and the Aracuan Bird"
|Cogsworth||voice actor; 3 episodes|
|TV series||2002||Arli$$||"It's All in the Game"||Eli||1 episode|
|Animated TV series||2002||Justice League||
"The Brave and the Bold"|
"The Brave and the Bold: Part II"
|Solovar / Car Owner||voice actor; 3 episodes total|
|Animated film||2002||Lilo & Stitch||Jumba||voice actor|
|TV series||2002–2007||The Dead Zone||Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy||40 episodes|
|Animated film||2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Penguin||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||2003||Frasier||"Fathers and Sons"||Dr. Leland Barton||1 episode|
|Animated film||2003||Stitch! The Movie||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||2003||Touched by an Angel||"I Will Walk with You: Part 1"
"I Will Walk with You: Part 2"
|Animated TV series||2003–2006||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Jumba Jookiba / Dr. Jumba Jookiba||66 episodes|
|TV film||2004||Cable Beach||Doc McWhirter|
|Live-action/animated short film||2004||The Cat That Looked at a King||The King / The Prime Minister||voice actor|
|Animated film||2004||Springtime with Roo||Narrator||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|Animated TV series||2004||Static Shock||"Hoop Squad"||Dr. Odium||voice actor|
|Animated film||2004||Teacher's Pet||Mr. Jolly||voice actor|
|Animated film||2004||Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo||Narrator||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|Animated film||2004||Winnie the Pooh: 1,2,3's||Narrator||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|Animated TV series||2005||American Dragon: Jake Long||"The Talented Mr. Long"||Narrator / Crew Man||voice actor|
|Animated film||2005||Hoodwinked!||Nicky Flippers||voice actor|
|Animated film||2005||Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV documentary series||2005||Nova||"A Daring Flight"||Narrator||voice actor|
|Animated short video||2005||The Origin of Stitch||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||voice actor; 4:35 minutes|
|Animated film||2005||Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie||Narrator||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|Animated TV series||2006||Justice League||"Dead Reckoning"||Solovar||voice actor; 3 episodes total|
|Film||2006||Lady in the Water||Narrator||uncredited|
|Animated film||2006||Leroy & Stitch||Dr. Jumba||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||2006||Stargate Atlantis||"Progeny"||Oberoth||3 episodes total|
|TV series||2006||Worst Week of My Life||"Pilot"||Jenson||1 episode; American TV series|
|TV series||2007||Stargate Atlantis||"First Strike"
|Oberoth||3 episodes total|
|Video||2008||Together Again for the First Time||Max Frobisher|
|Film||2009||Not Dead Yet||William Weinshawler|
|Animated film||2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Nicky Flippers||voice actor; direct-to-video|
|TV series||2011||Leverage||"The Lonely Hearts Job"||Walt Whitman Wellesley IV||1 episode|
|Animated TV series||2011||Regular Show||"Dizzy"
"Benson Be Gone"
|Mr. Maellard||voice actor; 3 episodes total|
|Animated TV series||2012||Regular Show||"Busted Cart"||Mr. Maellard||voice actor; 3 episodes total|
Video games 
|2002||Stitch: Experiment 626||Dr. Jumba Jookiba|
|2003||Uru: Ages Beyond Myst||Jeff Zandi|
|2005||Myst V: End of Ages||Esher|
|Kingdom Hearts II||Cogsworth|
|2007||Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+||Cogsworth|
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep||Dr. Jumba Jookiba
Awards and nominations 
|1981||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series||M*A*S*H||Nominated|
|1984||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||Nominated|
|2001||Annie Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production||Teacher's Pet||Nominated|
|2009||TV Land Award||Best Cast||M*A*S*H||Won|
- "Film Reference bio".
- "David Ogden Stiers Unofficial website – David Ogden Stiers Fan Tribute site".
- "Five Questions With David Ogden Stiers". USA Network. Archived from the original on November 3, 2005.
- "Kevin Kline Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Hollywood Dot Com Biography".
- "Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film". PBS.org.
- "FROM MAJOR TO GENERAL IT'S A NEW RANK, AND A HOMECOMING OF SORTS, FOR PERIPATETIC ACTOR DAVID OGDEN STIERS". Daily News (Los Angeles, California). November 27, 2005. p. 11.
- "Mozart would be 250; calls for a party". The Register - Guard (Eugene, Oregon). January 19, 2006. p. C1.
- Oppegaard, Brett (October 4, 2001). "A MAJOR OPENING ; DAVID OGDEN STIERS -- MAJ. WINCHESTER ON 'M*A*S*H -- CONDUCTS THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY'S FIRST CONCERT OF THE SEASON, 'PETER AND THE WOLF'". The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington). p. 1.
- Hooper, Barrett (March 6, 2002). "David Ogden Stiers' second great love: With more than 120 credits to his name, including six years of M*A*S*H, you might think he would want to direct. No. He wants to conduct. Tomorrow, in Toronto, he will". National Post (Don Mills, Ontario). p. 4.
- David Ogden Stiers at the Internet Movie Database
- David Ogden Stiers at the Internet Broadway Database
- David Ogden Stiers at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Works by or about David Ogden Stiers in libraries (WorldCat catalog)