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David Ogden Stiers
David Ogden Stiers.jpg
David Allen Ogden Stiers
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Birth date
(1942-10-31)October 31, 1942
Death place
Newport, Oregon, U.S.
Death date
March 3, 2018(2018-03-03) (aged 75)
Actor, musician
Active Years

David Ogden Stiers (October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018) was an American actor, voice actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney animated films, the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the supernatural fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He was also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several 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 moved to Eugene, Oregon where he graduated from North Eugene High School and briefly attended the University of Oregon. He later 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. Stiers studied at the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 1: 1968–1972). 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. Subsequent 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 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 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 his commanding officer, Col. Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but nonetheless multifaceted Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.

Other television work

After M*A*S*H completed its run in 1983, 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. Beginning in 1985, Stiers made his first of eight appearances in Perry Mason made-for-TV movies as District Attorney Michael Reston. He 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.

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 collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, including 1991's Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth, also 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 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" in Justice League and voiced Solovar again in a Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning". He voiced characters in two of Disney's animated TV series: Gryzlikoff from Darkwing Duck, and 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), the animated movie partly based on Little Red Riding Hood, Stiers voiced the role of Nicky Flippers, the frog detective who is 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 (Oregon) 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 (Oregon) Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.


Stiers died on March 3, 2018 at his home in Newport, Oregon at the age of 75 from bladder cancer.


Genre Year Title Episodes Role Notes
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 Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1976 Charlie's Angels "Charlie's Angels" (Pilot) Scott Woodville Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1976 Doc Template:Hs"A Little Night Visitor"
"And Stanley Makes Three"
"Carry on Nurse, Please"
"Come Scrub with Me"
"EKG and Vote for Me"
"Mama Doc"
"The Westside Clinic and Deli"
Stanley Moss Template:Hs7 episodes
TV series 1976 Template:HsThe Mary Tyler Moore Show "Look at Us, We're Walking" Mel Price Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV series 1976 Phyllis Template:Hs"The Wrong Box" Mr. Raymond Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1976 Rhoda "If You Want to Shoot the Rapids, You Have to Get Wet" George Template:Hs2 episodes total
Film 1977 Oh, God! Mr. McCarthy, District Produce Manager
TV series 1977 This Is the Life Template:Hs"Undertow"
Harry Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1977 Template:HsThe Mary Tyler Moore Show Template:Hs"The Critic"
"The Ted and Georgette Show"
Mel Price Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV series 1977 Rhoda "Nose Job" Dr. Curt Dreiser Template:Hs2 episodes total
TV series 1977 Template:HsThe Tony Randall Show "Case: The People Speak" Cleaver Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1977–1983 M*A*S*H Major Charles Emerson Winchester III 131 episodes total
Film 1978 Template:HsThe Cheap Detective Captain
Film 1978 Magic Todson
TV series 1978 Template:HsThe Paper Chase Template:Hs"An Act of Desperation" Woodrow Tullis Template:Hs1 episode
TV film 1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Howard Freed
TV series 1981 Template:HsCBS Afternoon Playhouse "Me and Mr. Stenner" Peter Stenner Template:Hs1 episode
Film 1981 Harry's War Ernie
TV series 1983 American Playhouse Template:Hs"The Innocents Abroad" Doc based on the travel book by Mark Twain
TV miniseries 1984 Template:HsThe First Olympics: Athens 1896 William Milligan Sloane
TV film 1985 Template:HsThe Bad Seed Emory Breedlove
Film 1985 Better Off Dead... Al Meyer
Film 1985 Creator Dr. Sid Kullenbeck
Film 1985 Template:HsThe Man with One Red Shoe Template:HsThe Conductor
TV miniseries 1985 North and South Congressman Sam Greene Template:Hs6 episodes
TV film 1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Horton Delafield
TV series 1986 Murder, She Wrote "Corned Beef and Carnage" Aubrey Thornton Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV miniseries 1986 North and South, Book II Congressman Sam Greene Template:Hs6 episodes
TV film 1987 Template:HsThe Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Colonel Black
TV film 1987 J. Edgar Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt
TV series 1987 Matlock "Blind Justice" Arthur Hampton Template:Hs3 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 Template:HsThe Accidental Tourist Porter Leary
TV series 1988 ALF "Turkey in the Straw: Part 1"
"Turkey in the Straw: Part 2"
Flakey Pete Template:Hs2 episodes
Film 1988 Another Woman Young Marion's Father
TV series 1988 Matlock Template:Hs"The Ambassador: Part 1"
"The Ambassador: Part 2"
Thomas Baldwin Template:Hs3 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 Template:HsThe Final Days Alexander Haig
TV series 1989 Template:HsThe Ray Bradbury Theater Template:Hs"The Pedestrian" Leonard Mead Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special "American Eyes" Jack Henderson Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1990 Married People "Term Paper" Dr. Cashin Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1990 Wings Template:Hs"A Little Nightmare Music" Edward Tinsdale Template:Hs1 episode
Animated film 1991 Beauty and the Beast Template:HsCogsworth / 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 Template:Hs1 episode
TV film 1991 Wife, Mother, Murderer John Homan
Film 1992 Template:HsThe Last of His Tribe Dr. Saxton Pope
Animated film 1992 Porco Rosso Grandpa Piccolo voice actor; English version
TV series 1993 Jack's Place "Forever and Ever" Flower Man Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1994 Template:HsThe Boys Are Back Template:Hs"A Tree Dies in Portland" George Spivack Template:Hs1 episode
Film 1994 Iron Will J.W. Harper
TV series 1994 Murder, She Wrote Template:Hs"An Egg to Die For" Sergei Nemiroff Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV film 1994 Past Tense Dr. Bert James
Film 1995 Bad Company Judge Beach
Film 1995 Mighty Aphrodite Laius
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; Template:Hs32 episodes
TV series 1996 Cybill "Educating Zoey" Val Template:Hs1 episode
Film 1996 Everyone Says I Love You Holden's Parent
Animated film 1996 Template:HsThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Archdeacon voice actor
TV series 1996 Murder, She Wrote "Death by Demographics" Howard Deems Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV series 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Template:Hs"The Twelfth Cave" Randolph Hitchcock Template:Hs1 episode
TV film 1996 To Face Her Past Ken Bradfield
Animated film 1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Template:HsCogsworth voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman "Farewell Appearance" Theodore Quinn Template:Hs1 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 Template:Hs1 episode
Animated film 1998 Belle's Magical World Template:HsCogsworth 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 Template:Hs13 episodes
Animated TV series 1999 Template:HsThe 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 Template:HsThe Outer Limits Template:Hs"The Shroud" Reverend Dr. Thomas Tilford Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1999 Template:HsThe Practice "Infected" Judge Hollings Template:Hs1 episode
TV series 1999–2000 Love & Money Nicholas Conklin Template:Hs13 episodes
TV series 2000 Bull "How Green Is Your Mail?"
"Who's Afraid of Chairman Al"
"Monday, Bloody Monday"
"White Knight"
Gardner Blackstone Template:Hs4 episodes
TV series 2000 Template:HsThe Trouble With Normal "Say Cheese" Mr. Harrington Template:Hs1 episode
Animated TV series 2000 Template:HsThe 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
Film 2001 Tomcats Dr. Crawford
Animated film 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Fenton Q. Harcourt voice actor
Film 2001 Template:HsThe Curse of the Jade Scorpion Voltan
Film 2001 Template:HsThe Majestic Doc Stanton
Animated film 2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Template:HsCogsworth voice actor; direct-to-video
TV film 2001 Template:HsMurder, 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"
Template:HsCogsworth voice actor; 3 episodes
TV series 2002 Arli$$ "It's All in the Game" Eli Template:Hs1 episode
Animated TV series 2002 Justice League Template:Hs"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 Dr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor
TV series 2002–2007 Template:HsThe Dead Zone Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy Template:Hs40 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 Template:Hs1 episode
Animated film 2003 Stitch! The Movie Template:Hs 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"
Jones Template:Hs2 episodes
Animated TV series 2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Template:Hs Dr. Jumba Jookiba Template:Hs66 episodes
TV film 2004 Cable Beach Doc McWhirter
Template:HsLive-action/animated short film 2004 Template:HsThe Cat That Looked at a King Template:HsThe 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 TV series 2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Template:Hs"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 Template:HsDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; direct-to-video
TV documentary series 2005 Nova Template:Hs"A Daring Flight" Narrator voice actor
Animated short video 2005 Template:HsThe Origin of Stitch Template:HsDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; 4:35 minutes uncredited
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 Template:HsDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 2006 Stargate Atlantis "Progeny" Oberoth Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV series 2006 Template:HsWorst Week of My Life "Pilot" Jenson Template:Hs1 episode; American TV series
TV series 2007 Stargate Atlantis Template:Hs"First Strike"
Oberoth Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV documentary series 2007 The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman Narrator
TV film 2008 Together Again for the First Time Max Frobisher
TV series 2010 Dino Dan Wandering Oaken
TV series 2011 Leverage Template:Hs"The Lonely Hearts Job" Walt Whitman Wellesley IV Template:Hs1 episode
Animated TV series 2011–2016 Regular Show 18 episodes total Mr. Maellard voice actor; recurring role, 18 episodes to date
Feature Film 2015 Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time The Admiral actor;

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