The actor David Ogden Stiers has died, aged 75.
Stiers was best known for his roles in M*A*S*H and Beauty and the Beast, playing the roles of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and Cogsworth respectively.
The actor’s death was confirmed on Twitter by his agent Mitchell K. Stubbs, who also revealed the cause of death.
“I am very sad to report that David died this morning March 3, 2018 peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer,” Stubbs wrote. “His talent was only surpassed by his heart.”
I am very sad to report that David died this morning March 3, 2018 peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer.
His talent was only surpassed by his heart. pic.twitter.com/fjuGmbVYgd
— MKS Talent Agency (@MKSTalentAgency) March 3, 2018
Stiers enjoyed a long career in film and television, and first joined the cast of M*A*S*H – which ran for 11 seasons from 1972-1983 – in 1977 in the role of the surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III – a part he would play for six years, earning him two Emmy nominations.
Stiers also found success as a voice actor, with his most famous role coming in Disney’s animated 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth. He also had notable parts in Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.
#DavidOgdenStiers was a client when I was an agent. He was very kind, dryly funny unlike anyone else I have known. Life was fizzier with him. We were honored to have seen him work, a phrase which I hope would have pleased him and know would have made him tease me ceaselessly.
— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) March 4, 2018
— Kristen Baldwin (@KristenGBaldwin) March 4, 2018
— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) March 4, 2018
In an additional statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Stubbs praised Stiers’ “beautiful heart”.
“David had wisdom and talent in so many different areas. I wish people could know the beautiful heart that he had. His friends and family knew, as he told us so.”