The star of the 1970’s TV show, MASH, David Ogden Stiers, died on the 3rd of March, Saturday, at the age of 75. His agent and representative wrote a statement revealing his death at his home in Newport, Oregon.
Mitchell K. Stubbs, who served as Ogden’s agent, claimed the actor passed away after a “long a courageous battle with bladder cancer.”
For background, Stubbs received two Emmy nominations for his role in the series which focused on soldiers during the Korean War. Ogden began his role in the legendary series in 1977 after Larry Linville left and David stayed with it until it ended in 1983.
The actor went on to star in shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Charlie’s Angels, Star Trek, Frasier and voiced several characters in Disney productions including The Beauty and The Beast, Lilo & Stitch, and several others.
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
In 1984, Ogden received another Emmy nod for his role as William Milligan Stone, in the miniseries created for television, “The First Olympics: Athens in 1896.”
The death of David comes shortly after The Hollywood Reporter paid tribute to the series last month and marked its 35 years since the show finally ended.
The television production was one of the most successful of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It sparked several spin-offs, however, most were unsuccessful and rarely lasted long.
Sources close to the actor said, “during the final moments of filming MASH, it was so incredibly real and sad to be ending it. They worked for a long time, and the day it finally finished, it was like a family wasn’t going to see each other again for a while.” We send our condolences to David’s family, friends, and acquaintances.