Emmy-nominated actor David Ogden Stiers, who was widely known for his role as Major Charles Winchester III on the television show M.A.S.H., has died. Stiers was 75. Per the Associated Press, Stiers’ agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed his client died Saturday after a battle with bladder cancer.
Stiers took on the role of Winchester during the sixth season of M.A.S.H. and replaced Larry Linville’s character Major Frank Burns.
Fellow actors, fans of Disney animated films, Star Trek aficionados, and others celebrated Stiers’ work in Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and other wide-ranging roles while offering their condolences via Twitter Sunday.
RIP to the great David Ogden Stiers https://t.co/Kvwcm5Qc1W— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) March 4, 2018
Rest In Peace #DavidOgdenStiers. M*A*S*H is my favorite show of all time. Without it I don’t think I I would even be an actor. You were truly a remarkable talent!— Will Friedle (@willfriedle) March 4, 2018
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
Stiers had upwards of 150 acting credits, including work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lilo & Stitch.
In addition to acting, Stiers also held the distinction of Resident Conductor with the Newport Symphony in Oregon.
“David has been a guiding light for the NSO since its founding as well as serving as its resident conductor,” the Newport Symphony said in a statement. “His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium.”
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.— MKS Talent Agency (@MKSTalentAgency) March 3, 2018
His talent was only surpassed by his heart. pic.twitter.com/fjuGmbVYgd
Per a tweet by Stubbs’ MKS Talent agency, Stiers died “peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon.”