MASH star David Ogden Steirs dies aged 75 following a battle with bladder cancer.
Outside of acting, Stiers served as the resident conductor of the Newport Symphony and guest conducted for more than 70 orchestras around the world, Deadline noted.
The actor died Saturday at his home in Newport, Oregon, after a battle with bladder cancer, his agency announced. He went on to lend his voice to other Disney features, like Pocahontas (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), as well as to a number of animated TV productions, including the 2000-02 Disney series Teacher's Pet.
Veteran character and voice actor David Ogden Steirs has passed away at the age of 77. Or as the needling dadAl Meyer in 1985's Better Off Dead.More news: The 5 'New' Types of Diabetes, Explained
With his roles as Cogsworth and the Narrator in the 1991 Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast, Stiers became famous as a voice actor, too.
He played Major Charles Emerson Winchester IIII in the show for four years from 1977, and appeared in 131 episodes. The soldier feels he has no reason for living, but in a powerful performance by Stiers, Winchester provides him with piano music written for a single hand and shows him the empathy necessary to save him.
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. Yet he would get his major break playing the blue-blooded Bostonian Winchester, who replaced the departed Frank Burns (Larry Linville) at the 4077th MASH unit in Season 6 of the famed TV comedy set in the Korean War.