David Ogden Stiers
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David Ogden Stiers
David Allen Ogden Stiers
October 31, 1942
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 3, 2018 (aged 75)|
Newport, Oregon, U.S.
|Awards||TV Land Impact Award (2009)|
David Allen Ogden Stiers (/ˈstaɪ.ərz/ STY-ərz; October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018) was an American actor and conductor. He appeared in numerous productions on Broadway, and originated the role of Feldman in The Magic Show, in which he appeared for four years between 1974 and 1978.
In 1977, he was cast as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, M.D., on the television series M*A*S*H, a role he portrayed until the series' conclusion in 1983, and which earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He appeared prominently in the 1980s in the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason television films, and voiced a number of Disney characters during the 1990s and 2000s, including Cogsworth in 1991's Beauty and the Beast, Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in 1995's Pocahontas, Kamaji in 2001's Spirited Away, and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in the Lilo & Stitch franchise. He appeared in television again on the supernatural drama series The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy, a role he portrayed from 2002 to 2007.
Stiers continued to contribute voice work for films and television productions in his later years, narrating M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water (2006) and having a recurring role on the animated series Regular Show. Stiers spent his later years as a conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra.
David Allen Ogden Stiers was born at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, on October 31, 1942, the son of Margaret Elizabeth (née Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers, and grew up in Peoria Heights, Chillicothe, and Urbana, Illinois. His family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School, and briefly attended the University of Oregon before enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City, from which he graduated in 1972.
Stiers subsequently moved 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, Howard Hesseman, and Peter Bonerz. In California, he worked for the Santa Clara Shakespeare Festival for seven years. Stiers relocated to New York City in the 1960s to study at the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 1: 1968–1972). During his studies, Stiers was mentored by actor John Houseman, whose City Center Acting Company he later joined.
Early acting credits
Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. This was followed by several other Broadway productions, including The Three Sisters and The Beggar's Opera. Subsequent early credits included roles on the television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda. Stiers also appeared in the pilot of Charlie's Angels as the team's chief backup. He also appeared as a teacher the 1977 television film A Circle of Children, about a school for special needs children.
In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of the CBS 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 articulate and socially sophisticated, and a highly talented surgeon who presented a very 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, was frequently inundated by insults for which he had no comebacks, and was often harshly criticized for his surgical skills. Winchester, however, presented a challenge to his colleagues' displays of irreverence, since his surgical skills could match or even outshine their own and, when it came to pranks and insults, he frequently outmanoeuvred his opponent; his patrician manner and aversion to 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 the occasional tantrum aside, held considerable admiration for his commanding officer, Harry Morgan's Colonel Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but emotionally complex Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.
Other television work
After M*A*S*H completed its run in 1983, Stiers made guest appearances on the television shows North and South; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; Touched by an Angel; Wings; ALF and Frasier, along with a regular role in the first season of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place as Mr. Bauer. In 1984, he portrayed United States Olympic Committee founder William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896 for which he received another Emmy nomination. Beginning in 1985, Stiers made his first of eight appearances in Perry Mason television filmas District Attorney Michael Reston. He appeared in two unsuccessful television projects, Love & Money and Justice League of America (as Martian Manhunter). He also played Uncle Teddy Quinn (brother of Dr. Mike's father) in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. He played a world renowned concert pianist. 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 provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects. His first work was on one of George Lucas's earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138, in which he was incorrectly billed as "David Ogden Steers". Stiers voiced PBS documentary films such as Ric Burns's 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 American Experience, including Ansel Adams (2002), also directed by Ric Burns. He voiced Mr. Piccolo in the animated English-dubbed version of Studio Ghibli's 1992 film Porco Rosso, as well as Kamaji in the English dub of the studio's 2001 film Spirited Away. He collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, including 1991's Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth, also providing the opening narration), 1995's Pocahontas (as Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins), 1996's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as the Archdeacon), 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (as Mr. Harcourt), and 2002's Lilo & Stitch (as Jumba Jookiba). He reprised a number of his Disney roles for various sequels, most notably with Jumba in Lilo & Stitch's three sequel films (2003's Stitch! The Movie, 2005's Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, and 2006's Leroy & Stitch) and Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
He lent his voice to the direct-to-video Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) as the Penguin. Stiers did voice work for Solovar in a two-part episode, "The Brave and The Bold" of Justice League and voiced Solovar again in a Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning". He voiced Mr. Jolly from Teacher's Pet. He voiced the king and prime minister in the 2004 short film The Cat That Looked at a King. In Hoodwinked (2005), Stiers voiced the role of Nicky Flippers, the frog detective who is dispatched to Granny's house. He voiced Pops'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 was the reader for numerous audiobook versions of novels, including Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full (1998), and Colleen McCullough's The First Man in Rome.
Though he had no formal musical training, Stiers was the associate conductor of the Newport (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He also played a major role in establishing the Newport Symphony. He also guest-conducted over 70 orchestras around the world, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Vancouver Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, and the Yaquina (Oregon) Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto.
Stiers traced his love of music back to a performance by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on the basketball court at the University of Oregon in the 1950s. During his days at Juilliard, he would skip his acting classes to sit in on master classes led by such notables as John Williams, Pierre Boulez, and Sir Georg Solti.
Stiers also performed as Reverend Brock in the 2000 revival of the Broadway musical 'Tenderloin' by New York City Center’s Encores! series. 
Personal life and death
Stiers never married and came out as gay in 2009.
Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on March 3, 2018, at the age of 75, from complications related to bladder cancer. His will made provisions for bequests to several arts organizations in his area, including the Newport Symphony, Newport Public Library, and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, among others.
|1971||THX 1138||Announcer||Voice, credited as David Ogden Steers|
|Drive, He Said||Pro Owner|
|1977||Oh, God!||Mr. McCarthy, District Produce Manager|
|A Circle of Children||Dan Franklin|
|1978||The Cheap Detective||Captain|
|1979||Breaking Up Is Hard to Do||Howard Freed||Television film|
|1985||The Bad Seed||Emory Breedlove||Television film|
|The Man with One Red Shoe||The Conductor|
|Better Off Dead...||Al Meyer|
|Creator||Dr. Sid Kullenbeck|
|1986||Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry||Horton Delafield||Television film|
|1987||The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory||Colonel Black||Television film|
|J. Edgar Hoover||Franklin D. Roosevelt||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love||D.A. Michael Reston||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit||Television film|
|1988||Another Woman||Young Marion's Father|
|The Accidental Tourist||Porter Leary|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace||D.A. Michael Reston||Television film|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake||Television film|
|1989||Day One||Franklin D. Roosevelt||Television film|
|The Final Days||Alexander Haig||Television film|
|1991||Doc Hollywood||Mayor Nick Nicholson|
|Beauty and the Beast||Cogsworth, Narrator||Voice|
|Wife, Mother, Murderer||John Homan||Television film|
|Shadows and Fog||Hacker|
|1992||The Last of His Tribe||Dr. Saxton Pope|
|Porco Rosso||Grandpa Piccolo||Voice, English dub|
|1993||Taking Liberty||Benjamin Franklin|
|1994||Iron Will||J.W. Harper|
|Past Tense||Dr. Bert James||Television film|
|1995||Bad Company||Judge Beach|
|Pocahontas||Governor Ratcliffe, Wiggins||Voice|
|Steal Big Steal Little||Judge Winton Myers|
|1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Archdeacon||Voice|
|Everyone Says I Love You||Holden's Father|
|To Face Her Past||Ken Bradfield||Television film|
|1997||Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||Cogsworth||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Justice League of America||J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter||Television film|
|Meet Wally Sparks||Governor Floyd Preston|
|Jungle 2 Jungle||Alexei Jovanovic|
|1998||Belle's Magical World||Cogsworth||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Krippendorf's Tribe||Henry Spivey|
|Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||Governor Ratcliffe, Duke of Buckingham||Voice, direct-to-video|
|1999||My Neighbors the Yamadas||Narrator||Voice, English dub|
|The Stand-In||Professor Smith|
|Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Fenton Q. Harcourt||Voice|
|Spirited Away||Kamaji||Voice, English dub|
|The Curse of the Jade Scorpion||Voltan|
|The Majestic||Doc Stanton|
|Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||Cogsworth||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man||Stanford Thornton||Television film|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||Voice|
|2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Penguin||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Stitch! The Movie||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2004||Cable Beach||Doc McWhirter||Television film|
|The Cat That Looked at a King||The King, The Prime Minister||Voice, short film|
|Springtime with Roo||Narrator||Voice, direct-to-video|
|Teacher's Pet||Mr. Jolly||Voice|
|Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||Voice, direct-to-video|
|The Origin of Stitch||Voice, short, uncredited|
|Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie||Narrator||Voice|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Narrator||Voice, uncredited|
|Leroy & Stitch||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||Voice, direct-to-video|
|2008||Together Again for the First Time||Max Frobisher||Television film|
|2009||Not Dead Yet||William Weinshawler|
|2011||Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||Nicky Flippers||Voice|
|2017||Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time||The Admiral|
|The Joneses Unplugged||Ralph Wilson||Television film, final film role|
|1975||Kojak||Bryan LeBlanc, Mr. Roberts||Episode: "Money Back Guarantee"|
|1976||Charlie's Angels||Scott Woodville||Episode: "Charlie's Angels" (Pilot)|
|1976||Doc||Stanley Moss||7 episodes|
|1976–1977||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Mel Price||3 episodes|
|1976||Phyllis||Mr. Raymond||Episode: "The Wrong Box"|
|1976–1977||Rhoda||Dr. Curt Dreiser, George||2 episodes|
|1977||This Is the Life||Harry||Episode: "Undertow"|
|The Tony Randall Show||Cleaver||Episode: "Case: The People Speak"|
|1977–1983||M*A*S*H||Major Charles Emerson Winchester III||131 episodes|
|1978||The Paper Chase||Woodrow Tullis||Episode: "An Act of Desperation"|
|1979||$weepstake$||Wally||Episode: "Billy, Wally and Ludmilla, and Theodore"|
|1981||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Peter Stenner||Episode: "Me and Mr. Stenner"|
|1983||American Playhouse||Doc||Episode: "The Innocents Abroad"|
|1984||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||William Milligan Sloane||Miniseries|
|1985||North and South||Congressman Sam Greene||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|1986–1996||Murder, She Wrote||Howard Deems, Sergei Nemiroff, Aubrey Thornton||3 episodes|
|1986||North and South, Book II||Congressman Sam Greene||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|1987–1988||Matlock||Thomas Baldwin, Arthur Hampton||3 episodes|
|1988||ALF||Flakey Pete||2 episodes|
|1989||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Leonard Mead||Episode: "The Pedestrian"|
|1990||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Jack Henderson||Episode: "American Eyes"|
|Married People||Dr. Cashin||Episode: "Term Paper"|
|Wings||Edward Tinsdale||Episode: "A Little Nightmare Music"|
|1991||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Timicin||Episode: "Half a Life"|
|1993||Jack's Place||Flower Man||Episode: "Forever and Ever"|
|1994||The Boys Are Back||George Spivack||Episode: "A Tree Dies in Portland"|
|1995–2011||American Experience||Narrator||Voice, 32 episodes|
|1996||Cybill||Val||Episode: "Educating Zoey"|
|1996||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Randolph Hitchcock||Episode: "The Twelfth Cave"|
|1997||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Theodore Quinn||Episode: "Farewell Appearance"|
|1998||101 Dalmatians: The Series||VLAD||Voice, episode: "Out to Launch/Prophet and Loss"|
|Ally McBeal||Judge Andrew Peters||Episode: "They Eat Horses, Don't They?"|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Mr. Bauer||13 episodes|
|1999||The Angry Beavers||Byron Beaver||Voice, episode: "Kreature Komforts/Oh, Brother?"|
|The Practice||Judge Hollings||Episode: "Infected"|
|The Outer Limits||Reverend Dr. Thomas Tilford||Episode: "The Shroud"|
|1999–2000||Love & Money||Nicholas Conklin||13 episodes|
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys||Karroo||Voice, episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"|
|Bull||Gardner Blackstone||4 episodes|
|The Trouble With Normal||Mr. Harrington||Episode: "Say Cheese"|
|2000–2002||Teacher's Pet||Mr. Jolly, Narrator, Congressman||Voice, 13 episodes|
|2001–2002||House of Mouse||Cogsworth||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2002||Arli$$||Eli||Episode: "It's All in the Game"|
|Justice League||Solovar, Car Owner||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2002–2007||The Dead Zone||Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy||40 episodes|
|2003||Frasier||Dr. Leland Barton||Episode: "Fathers and Sons"|
|2003||Touched by an Angel||Jones||2 episodes|
|2003–2006||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Dr. Jumba Jookiba||Voice, 64 episodes|
|2004||Static Shock||Dr. Odium||Voice, episode: "Hoop Squad"|
|2005||American Dragon: Jake Long||Narrator, Crew Man||Voice, episode: "The Talented Mr. Long"|
|2005||Nova||Narrator||Episode: "A Daring Flight"|
|2006–2007||Stargate Atlantis||Oberoth||3 episodes|
|2006||Worst Week of My Life||Jenson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman||Narrator||Documentary miniseries|
|2011||Leverage||Walt Whitman Wellesley IV||Episode: "The Lonely Hearts Job"|
|2011–2016||Regular Show||Mr. Maellard||Voice, 18 episodes|
|2015||Rizzoli & Isles||Dr. Isles||Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Dr. Isles"|
|2002||Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626||Dr. Jumba Jookiba|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise||Dr. Jumba Jookiba|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Adventure||Dr. Jumba Jookiba|
|2003||Uru: Ages Beyond Myst||Jeff Zandi|
|2004||Uru: To D'ni||Dr. Richard Watson|
|2005||Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure||Narrator|
|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
|2016||Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear||Belhifet|
|December 19, 1973 – January 11, 1974||Three Sisters||Kulygin||Broadway|||
|December 22, 1973 – December 31, 1973||The Beggar's Opera||Peachum||Broadway|||
|December 26, 1973 – January 5, 1974||Measure for Measure||The Duke||Broadway|||
|December 28, 1973||Scapin||Geronte||Broadway|||
|January 2, 1974 – January 6, 1974||Next Time I'll Sing to You||Hermit||Broadway; understudy|||
|March 10, 1974 – May 11, 1974||Ulysses in Nighttown||Buck Mulligan, 2nd Watch, Bishop of Erin, Dr. Mulligan||Broadway|||
|May 28, 1974 – December 31, 1978||The Magic Show||Feldman||Broadway|||
|April 18, 1994 – July 29, 2007||Beauty and the Beast||Prologue Narrator||Broadway|||
|November 22, 2009 – January 3, 2010||Irving Berlin's White Christmas||General Henry Waverly||Broadway|||
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|
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- ^ "5 Questions for... David Ogden Stiers". USA Network. Archived from the original on November 3, 2005.
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- ^ "Alumni News: February 2011". Juilliard School. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011.
David Ogden Stiers (Group 1)
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- ^ 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, WA. p. 1. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013.
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- ^ City Center Encores, provided by a grant from Time Warner, Inc
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- 1942 births
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- Actors from Peoria, Illinois
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