David Ogden Stiers
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M*A*S*H TV series star David Ogden Stiers in 2011.
Personal Information
Born: (1942-10-31) October 31, 1942 (age 74)
Birthplace Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Actor, Director, Voice Artist, TV personality, Musical Conductor
Years active: 1971-present
Related to: Kenneth Truman Stiers (father, decased)
Margaret Ogden (mother, deceased)
One son
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H TV series
Episodes appeared in: 131 episodes in Seasons 6-11
Character played: Charles Emerson Winchester III

David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an American actor, director, vocal actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney movies, as well as his performances in the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the science fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He is also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in NBC-TV's Perry Mason made-for-TV movies.

Early life and educationEdit

Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Margaret Elizabeth (née Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. [1]He attended Urbana High School, at the same time as film critic Roger Ebert.[2] He and his family later relocated to Eugene, Oregon where he graduated from North Eugene High School and briefly attended the University of Oregon.[3][4]

Stiers later ventured to San Francisco, where he performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actors Workshop, and the improv group The Committee, whose members included Rob Reiner (who would later star as "Mike Stivic" of CBS's "All In The Family") and Howard Hesseman (who would later play "Johnny Fever" of CBS-TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati" and ABC-TV's "Head of The Class" fame). Stiers studied at the Juilliard School. During his studies, Stiers was mentored by actor John Houseman and would later join his City Center The Acting Company.


Early acting creditsEdit

Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. Later his early credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda. Stiers also appeared in the pilot of Charlie's Angels as the team's chief back-up.<


In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of M*A*S*H. As Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, Stiers filled the void created by the departure of actor Larry Linville's Frank Burns character. In contrast to the buffoonish Burns, Winchester was a well-spoken and talented surgeon who presented a different type of foil to Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce and Mike Farrell's B.J. Hunnicutt. Burns usually served as the butt of practical jokes instigated by Hawkeye or B.J., and his surgical skills were often harshly criticized. Charles, however, presented a challenge to his colleagues' displays of irreverence because his surgical skills could match or even outshine theirs; his aristocratic manner and aversion to the puerile behavior served as the target for his fellow surgeons' barbs and jokes. At times, however, Winchester could align himself with Hawkeye and B.J. and held considerable admiration for CO Col. Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but nonetheless multifaceted Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.


  1. [ David Ogden Stiers biography at Film
  2. David Ogden Stiers Unofficial website and Fan Tribute site
  3. [ Five Questions With David Ogden Stiers, (dead link, September 2012)
  4. Five Questions With David Ogden Stiers, from archive date November 3, 2005.

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