'MASH' star David Ogden Stiers dies in Newport

The character was often the comic foil to the hijinks of Alda's "Hawkeye" and Mike Farrell's Captain B.J. Hunnicutt.

No additional details were provided, but Stubbs' agency tweeted that Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on Saturday.

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his roles as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in U.S. comedy M*A*S*H and Cogsworth in the original animated Beauty and the Beast, has died according to his agent.

Stiers had an extensive line of work with performances ranging from Star Trek: Next Generation to numerous voice acting performances for Disney including Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas, Jumba in Lilo & Stich, and most memorably, Cogsworth.

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In addition Stiers worked repeatedly for director Woody Allen, appearing in "Shadows and Fog", "Mighty Aphrodite", "Everybody Says I Love You" and "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (in which he played a mysterious hypnotist). He quickly got his foot in the door in television and he earned roles in popular series like Charlie's Angels and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Stiers' character, while arrogant, also showed an empathy and wit his predecessor lacked. I wish people could know the attractive heart that he had.

I suppose it's a mixed blessing for an actor to have such an iconic role that it's the headline in every obituary written about them despite decades of stellar work afterward.

He joined the cast in 1977, filling the void left after the departure of actor Larry Linville's Frank Burns from the show but by the series' end he was as much a part of the team as the original cast.

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