Monday, December 20, 2010

David Ogden Stiers who played Major Charles Winchester in the TV show M*A*S*H

David Ogden Stiers was born October 1942 in Peoria, Illinois.  He is most famous for playing the role of Major Charles Winchester III in the TV show "M*A*S*H" and is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood.
David Ogen Stiers as Major Charles Winchester III in the TV show "M*A*S*H"

David got his start voice acting as an announcer in the 1971 film "THX 1138" starring Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence and Don Pedro Colley.  The same year he got an acting role in "Drive, He Said" starring William Tepper, Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Robert Towne and Michael Margotta. 

In 1975 Stiers appeared in the TV show "Kojak" with Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, and George Savalas. The year after he appeared in the TV movie "The New Lorenzo Music Show" co-starring Lorenzo Music and Stephanie Silver.  Also in 1976, David appeared in the pilot episode of "Charlie's Angels" starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, and John Forsythe.  However, whether it was a contractual issue or he was just plain tossed from the show, Stier's character was written out of the remaining episodes.  Stiers would go on to appear in seven episodes of the TV show "Doc" as Stanley Moss starring Barnard Hughes, Elizabeth Wilson and Mary Wickes.

Also in 1976 through 1977, Stiers would appear in several episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as station manager Mel Price along with Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Betty White, Ted Knight, Gavin MacLeod, and Georgia Engel.  David would also appear in the "Mary Tyler Moore" spin-off shows "Phyllis" with Cloris Leachman and "Rhoda" with Valerie Harper although as completely different characters in each.

David Ogden Stiers as station manager Mel Price in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), and David Ogden Stiers as station manager Mel Price in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Stiers would go on to star in the TV movie "A Circle of Children" with Jane Alexander and Rachel Roberts (TV 1977), "The Tony Randall Show", and "Oh, God!" co-starring John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence, Barnard Hughes, Paul Sorvino, George Furth, and Dinah Shore (1977).

David Ogden Stiers (Charles Winchester III)  in the TV show "M*A*S*H"

It was then that David Ogen Stiers was offered the role of Major Charles Winchester III in the TV show "M*A*S*H".  He was to fill the void created when the Frank Burns (Larry Linville) character left.  He would be tent mates with "Hawkeye" Pierce played by Alan Alda, and B.J. Hunnicut played by Mike Farrell.  The show also co-starred Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan), Harry Morgan (Colonel Sherman T. Potter), Gary Burghoff ("Radar" O'Rielly), Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger), and William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy).  David would stick with the role of Charles Winchester until "M*A*S*H" ended in 1983.  

David Ogden Stiers (Charles Winchester III) and Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger) in the TV show "M*A*S*H"

Some of the cast members of the TV show "M*A*S*H" in the later years. Seated: Alan Alda  ("Hawkeye" Pierce) standing font: Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicut), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hot Lips" Huolihan), David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Winchester)  Standing rear: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger)
David Ogden Stiers (Charles Winchester III) and Alan Alda (Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce) in the TV show "M*A*S*H"

It was from this point on that David Ogden Stiers became such a prolific actor.  His accomplishments are so numerous they can be lumped together by years of Stiers' acting achievements through the remainder of his career.


During his time on "M*A*S*H", Stiers also starred in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" co-starring Blythe Danner, Edward Herrmann, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Patricia Neal, Georgia Engel, and Michael Lerner (TV 1978),  "The Cheap Detective" with Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Stockard Channing, Abe Vigoda, and Phil Silvers (1978), "Magic" with Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith (1978), and "The Paper Chase" strring John Houseman who happened to be his mentor while he was studying acting at Juliard.

David Ogden Stiers in "The Cheap Detective" 1978

In the early '80s

Stiers would star in other movies and shows such as "The Oldest Living Graduate" co-starring Henry Fonda, George Grizzard, Timothy Hutton, Cloris Leachman, John Lithgow, Penelope Milford, and Harry Dean Stanton (1980), "Father Damien: The Leper Priest" co-starring Roger Bowen, Alan Chappuis, William Daniels, Ken Howard, and "M*A*S*H" co-star Mike Farrell (TV 1980), "Harry's War" with Edward Herrmann, Geraldine Page and Karen Grassle (1981), and "The Day the Bubble Burst" co-starring Blanche Baker, Franklin Cover, Richard Crenna, Robert Hays, Audra Lindley, Rue McClanahan, Caroline McWilliams, Donna Pescow, and Robert Vaughn (1982),
and "Anatomy of an Illness" (1984) with Millie Perkins, Eli Wallach, and Ed Asner.

Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, David Ogden Stiers of the TV show "M*A*S*H"


Stiers starred in "The Bad Seed" with Blair Brown, Lynn Redgrave, David Carradine, and Richard Kiley (TV 1985), "The Man with One Red Shoe" Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Carrie Fisher, and James Belushi (1985), "Better Off Dead..." co-starring John Cusack, Kim Darby, and Diane Franklin (1985), and "Creator" with Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen, Karen Kopins, and Ellen Geer (1985).

Also in 1985, Stiers starred in the epic TV mini-series "North and South" co-starring Patrick Swayze, Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Lesley-Anne Down, John Stockwell, Johnny Cash, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Guillaume, Hal Holbrook, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum, and Elizabeth Taylor (1985),


David starred in "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" co-starring Katharine Hepburn, Harold Gould, Bibi Besch, and Harold Gould (1986).  David then starred in "North and South, Book II" co-starring many cast members from part I plus Mary Crosby, Jonathan Frakes,Parker Stevenson, Lloyd Bridges, Olivia de Havilland, Linda Evans, Nancy Marchand, Wayne Newton, James Stewart, Forest Whitaker, and Erica Gimpel (1986).

From 1986 to 1988, Stiers starred as D.A. Michael Reston in a series of "Perry Mason" TV movies co-starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale and William Katt.  In these series David co-starred with other Hollywood notables such as Timothy Bottoms, Tom Bosley, Joe Penny, Alan Thicke, Ron Glass, Jennifer O'Neill, Robert Walden, Gordon Jump, Gene Barry, Robert Stack, Kim Delaney, Daphne Ashbrook, Anthony Geary, Ann Jillian, Kim Johnston Ulrich, Robert Guillaume, Morgan Brittany, Yaphet Kotto, Susan Wilder, Erin Gray, Larry Wilcox, Patty Duke, David Hasselhoff, Audra Lindley, and Terrence Evans. 


During this time he also starred in other works such as "J. Edgar Hoover" with Joe Regalbuto, Walker Edmiston, John McLiam, Louise Fletcher, Rip Torn, and Treat Williams; "The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory" with James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, Kathleen York, and Raul Julia.


After "Perry Mason" Stiers continued on starring in Woody Allen's "Another Woman" co-starring Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner, Gene Hackman, Martha Plimpton, and John Houseman; "ALF" starring Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco and Max Wright; "Matlock" with Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday, Nancy Stafford, and Julie Sommars;  and "The Accidental Tourist" with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, and Amy Wright.


Stiers finish out the '80s starring in "Day One" with Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker, Hume Cronyn, Hal Holbrook, and Barnard Hughes; "The Final Days" co-starring Lane Smith, Richard Kiley, Theodore Bikel, James Sikking, Ann Hearn, and Amanda Wyss; and "Final Notice" starring Gil Gerard, Melody Anderson, Jackie Burroughs, Steve Landesberg, and Louise Fletcher.


The new decade for Stiers brought "The Kissing Place" co-starring Meredith Baxter, Victoria Snow, and Ted Dykstra; "How to Murder a Millionaire" David Eigenberg, Morgan Fairchild, Telma Hopkins, Susan Kellermann, Joan Rivers, Alex Rocco, and Melora Walters; "Wings" starring Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, and Amy Yasbeck; and "Married People" with Ray Aranha, Bess Armstrong and Megan Gallivan.


In this year David appeared in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" starring Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Majel Barrett; "Doc Hollywood" Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, George Hamilton, and Bridget Fonda;, "Wife, Mother, Murderer" co-starring Judith Light, Kellie Overbey, and David Dukes; "Beauty and the Beast" the voice of Cogsworth; "Shadows and Fog" with Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Kirby, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence, Lily Tomlin, and Madonna.

David Ogden Stiers as Dr. Timicin in Star Trek: The Next Generation

David Ogden Stiers is the voice of Cogsworth the clock in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"


Stiers starred in "The Last of His Tribe" Jon Voight, Graham Greene, and Anne Archer; "Mastergate" co-starring Tim Reid, Marcia Strassman, Buck Henry, Richard Kiley, Ed Begley Jr., Ben Stein, James Coburn, Darren McGavin, Robert Guillaume, Dennis Weaver, and Burgess Meredith;


In this year Steirs starred in "Taking Liberty" Barry Bell, Jason Carter, Eric Close, and Stephanie Morgenstern; "Jack's Place" with John Dye, Finola Hughes and Hal Linden; "Without a Kiss Goodbye" starring Lisa Hartman, Christopher Meloni, Peter Jurasik, James Staley, Gwynyth Walsh, and Cloris Leachman;

David Ogden Stiers as Benjamin Franklin in "Taking Liberty"  1993


David starred in "Iron Will" starring Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey; "Past Tense" starring Scott Glenn, Anthony LaPaglia, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sheree J. Wilson, and Ned Van Zandt; "The Boys Are Back" starring Hal Linden, Suzanne Pleshette, George Newbern, and Bess Meyer;


This year Stiers starred in "Bad Company" with Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, Frank Langella, Michael Beach, and Gia Carides; "Pocahontas" the voices of Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins; "Steal Big Steal Little" starring Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin, Rachel Ticotin, Ally Walker, and Dominik García-Lorido; "Mighty Aphrodite" co-starring Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, F. Murray Abraham, Helena Bonham Carter, Claire Bloom, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Jack Warden, and Peter Weller; David became the narrator for the series "The American Experience".  He would narrate 19 episodes through 2007;


Stiers appeared in "Cybill" starring Cybill Shepherd, Christine Baranski, Alicia Witt, Alan Rosenberg,
Dedee Pfeiffer, and Tom Wopat, of "Dukes of Hazard" fame; "Poltergeist: The Legacy" starring Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Helen Shaver, Kristin Lehman, and Robbi Chong; "Murder, She Wrote" this year including several earlier episodes starring with Angela Lansbury; "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" voice of Archdeacon, co-starring with Demi Moore, Jason Alexander and Mary Kay Bergman; "To Face Her Past" co-starring Patty Duke, Tracey Gold, Gabrielle Carteris, and James Brolin; "Everyone Says I Love You" co-starring Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Natasha Lyonne, Gaby Hoffmann, Alan Alda, Natalie Portman, Susan Misner, Colleen Dunn, Christy Carlson Romano, and Tim Roth;


This year David starred in "Justice League of America" Matthew Settle, Kimberly Oja, John Kassir, and Elisa Donovan; "Meet Wally Sparks" co-starring Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar, Burt Reynolds, Cindy Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Tony Danza, and Karen Duffy; "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" starring Jane Seymour, Joe Lando and Shawn Toovey; "Jungle 2 Jungle" starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams, Lolita Davidovich, JoBeth Williams, and Sam Huntington; "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" voice of Cogsworth. Co-starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Bernadette Peters, Jerry Orbach, Tim Curry, and Angela Lansbury;


Stiers acted in "101 Dalmatians: The Series" as the voice of VLAD. The show starred Kath Soucie, Tara Strong, Jeff Bennett, April Winchell, and Charlotte Rae; "Belle's Magical World" voice of Cogsworth also starring Jeff Bennett, Robby Benson and Paige O'Hara; "Krippendorf's Tribe" starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Lily Tomlin, Natasha Lyonne, and Siobhan Fallon; "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" 13 episodes starring with Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo, Suzanne Cryer, and Jillian Bach; "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" as the voice of Ratcliffe also starring Irene Bedard, Donal Gibson, Jim Cummings, Finola Hughes, Russell Means, Jean Stapleton, and Billy Zane; "Ally McBeal" Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol, Portia de Rossi, Vonda Shepard, and Lucy Liu;


David starred in "The Stand-In" starring Robbie Bryan, Daniel Margotta, Joseph Barbara, and Kelly Ripa; "The Practice" with Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Marla Sokoloff; "The Outer Limits" with Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun and Eric Schneider; "My Neighbors the Yamadas" voice of narrator co-starring James Belushi and Dixie Carter; "The Angry Beavers" with Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay and Charlie Brissette;


Stiers starred in "The Wild Thornberrys" (voice)  with Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, and Tim Curry; "Love & Money" 4 episodes starring with Brian Van Holt, Derek Basco; "Teacher's Pet" starring Nathan Lane, Shaun Fleming and Debra Jo Rupp; "Bull" starring Alicia Coppola, Ian Kahn, George Newbern, Elisabeth Röhm, and Heather Dawn; "The Trouble with Normal" Paget Brewster, Larry Joe Campbell, and Jon Cryer;

David Ogden Stiers in 2001


This year for Stiers featured appearances in "Food for Thought" co-starring Brian Chase, Emily Harrison, and G. Charles Wright; "Tomcats" starring Shannon Elizabeth, Jerry O'Connell, Jake Busey, Heather Stephens, and Jaime Pressly; "Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man" co-starring Angela Lansbury, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Jace, and Elizabeth Lackey; "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" voice of Fenton Q. Harcourt also co-starring Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, and Jacqueline Obradors; "Spirited Away" voice of Kamajii also starring John Ratzenberger, Suzanne Pleshette, Susan Egan, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis, and Tara Strong; "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" starring Woody Allen, John Tormey, John Schuck, Elizabeth Berkley, Kaili Vernoff, Helen Hunt, and Dan Aykroyd; "Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse" voice of Cogsworth co-starring Carlos Alazraqui, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jodi Benson, Robby Benson, and John Cleese; "The Majestic" starring Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, James Whitmore, and Catherine Dent;

David Ogden Stiers acts the voice of  Fenton Q. Harcourt in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"


Stiers did mostly voice work this year such as "Lilo & Stitch" voice of Jumba co-starring Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders and Tia Carrere; "Stitch Experiment 626" (voice in video game) co-starring Corey Burton, Zoe Caldwell and Tia Carrere; "Arli$$" starring Robert Wuhl, Sandra Oh and Jim Turner; "House of Mouse" 3 episodes as voice of Cogsworth co-starring Wayne Allwine, Bill Farmer and Rod Roddy; "The Dead Zone" starring Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer and Chris Bruno;  It was in this year that Stiers began playing the role of Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy in the TV series "Stephen King's Dead Zone" co-starring Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer and Chris Bruno.  He would play the role for 40 episodes through 2007; "Justice League" voice of Solovar;

David Ogden Stiers voice acts Jumba in "Lilo & Stitch" 2002


David appeared in "Touched by an Angel" with Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye; "Frasier" starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin,  and David Hyde Pierce; "Stitch! The Movie" voice of Dr. Jumba Jookiba co-starring Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders and Tia Carrere; "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" voice of the Penguin co-starring Kevin Conroy, Kimberly Brooks, Elisa Gabrielli, Kelly Ripa, Kyra Sedgwick, and Tara Strong; This year Stiers began the voice role of Dr. Jumba Jookiba on the animated "Lilo & Stitch: The Series" he would play the role for 13 episodes through 2007;


This year it was "Cable Beach" starring Chris Kramer, Karin Konoval and Tygh Runyan; "Teacher's Pet" voice of Mr. Jolly co-starring Nathan Lane, Shaun Fleming, Kelsey Grammer, Debra Jo Rupp, Megan Mullally, and Jerry Stiller; "Static Shock" voice of Dr. Odium; "Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo" narrator; "The Cat That Looked at a King" voice of The King co-starring Julie Andrews, Dylan Cash, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Ferguson, and Olivia DeLaurentis; 

David Ogden Stiers as Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy in "The Dead Zone"


Stiers starred his voice in "Hoodwinked!" with Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, James Belushi,Anthony Anderson, Andy Dick, and Patrick Warburton; "American Dragon: Jake Long" voice of narrator; "Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch" voice of Dr. Jumba Jookiba co-starring William J. Caparella, Tia Carrere, Holliston Coleman, Dakota Fanning, Jillian Henry, and Jason Scott Lee; "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie" voice of narrator;


This year David starred in "Worst Week of My Life" co-starring Anna Galvin, Pride Grinn, Jaime King, Stephanie Lemelin, and JoBeth Williams; "Justice League" voice of Solovar starring Carl Lumbly, Phil LaMarr, Maria Canals-Barrera, and George Newbern; "Leroy & Stitch" voice of Dr. Jumba also starring Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere and Kevin McDonald; "Lady in the Water" voice of the narrator also starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeffrey Wright;


Stiers continued his work on "Lilo & Stitch: The Series", "The American Experience", and "Stephen King's Dead Zone";  He also appeared in 2 episodes of "Stargate: Atlantis" co-starring Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Torri Higginson, and David Hewlett;

David Ogden Stiers appears in "Stargate: Atlantis" 2007


David Ogden Stiers recently starred in "Together Again for the First Time" with Julia Duffy, Kelly Stables, Kirby Heyborne, Lauren Storm, Michelle Page, Emily Moffat and Larisa Oleynik  (2008).

David Ogden Stiers November 2009


Stiers starred in "Not Dead Yet" starring Ellery Abel, Jill Andre, Alexander Blaise, Patricia Ferguson (2009); David was back in an Army uniform on stage this time.  Stiers starred in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" on Broadway co-starring Ruth Williamson, Tony Yazbeck, Mara Davi, Melissa Errico, James Clow and Madeleine Rose Yen (2009).

David Ogden Stiers and Ruth Williamson on Broadway in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" 2009
David Ogden Stiers and the company in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" 2009

Recent works

David Ogden Stiers' work in 2010 was mostly voice works  "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" video game voice Dr. Jumba Jookiba (2010) and  "Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil" voice of Nicky Flippers (in production).

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