David Ogden Stiers, 'M*A*S*H*' star and Newport resident, dies at 75


The unit on which the series was based closed down on June 11 in Pyongtaek, South Korea.

Charles Emerson Winchester III on the long-running TV comedy "M*A*S*H", has died from cancer, his agent said.

Stiers first joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season, filling the void left by Larry Linville's Major Frank Burns, who departed the series at the end of Season 5. He earned his third nomination in 1984 for his supporting role as William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896. His voice can be heard off-screen in George Lucas' first feature film, "THX-1138".

Counting Woody Allen as a fan, Stiers worked repeatedly with the famous director appearing in films Shadows and Fog, Might Aphrodite, Everybody Says I Love You and Cure of the Jade.

The show has been experiencing a popular renaissance, as it marks 35 years since a series finale that drew an astounding 106 million viewers, according to The Washington Post. He also appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Charlie's Angels and Kojak.

M*A*S*H star David Ogden Stiers has died at 75.

Stiers became so associated with children's projects he forestalled coming out publicly as gay until 2009.

In addition to his acting career, Stiers was also the resident conductor of the Newport Symphony and guest conducted for more than 70 orchestras across the world. Because much of his work was considered family friendly, he had been reluctant to come out fearing a backlash.