Kirsters Baish| One of the most watched television series in history is still M*A*S*H. The show ran for 11 seasons starting in September 1972 to February 1983. The show was so successful that there were three spin off series after it ended. The show still remains one of the most popular and loved television shows in our country’s history.
Fans of the show were hit with some very bad news this week when word got out that one of the actors from the show passed away after battling bladder cancer.
On Saturday, March 3, David Ogden Stiers died of cancer. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
Stiers’s agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs tweeted, “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.”
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 acted as Major Charles Winchester III was nominated for two Emmys for his role on the show, M*A*S*H. He starred on the television show from 1977 to 1983.
He also made a name for himself voicing in eight Disney movies which included Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast as well as Jumba in Lilo & Stitch. He made regular appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, and Fraiser.
People took to social media to remember 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 Twitter user and a fan of the actor said it best, “Cogsworth, Lumiere will guide you home.”