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Date Posted: Saturday, March 03, 06:11:28pm
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David Ogden Stiers, the actor best known for playing Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in "M*A*S*H*" and Cogsworth in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" has died. He was 75.

Stiers died peacefully at his home in Newport. He had been battling bladder cancer, his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois the son of Margaret and Kenneth Stiers. He moved to Eugene while he was in high school, where he graduated from North Eugene High. He attended the University of Oregon for a time but soon left for San Francisco to pursue acting.

His first television credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Charlie's Angels" and "Kojak." His voice can be heard off-screen in George Lucas' first feature film, "THX-1138."

But it wasn't until 1977 that Stiers joined the cast of CBS' military sitcom, "M*A*S*H*," after the departure of Larry Linville who played Frank Burns and starred opposite Alan Alda and Mike Farrell. Stiers was nominated for two Emmy awards for his turn as Winchester, in 1981 and 1982.

He would earn another Emmy nod in 1984 for his role as William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in the NBC miniseries "The First Olympics: Athens in 1896."

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