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David Ogden Stiers
American actor

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers
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Intro American actor
Is Actor Musician Conductor Dub actor Film actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 31 October 1942, Peoria
Age 80 years
Star sign Scorpio
Height: 1.905 m
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David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an American actor, voice actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney animated films, the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the supernatural fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He is also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in the Perry Mason TV movies.

Early life and education

Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Margaret Elizabeth (née Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He attended Urbana High School at the same time as film critic Roger Ebert. He moved to Eugene, Oregon where he graduated from North Eugene High School and briefly attended the University of Oregon. He later moved 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 and Howard Hesseman. Stiers studied at the Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 1: 1968–1972). During his studies, Stiers was mentored by actor John Houseman and would later join his City Center Acting Company.


Early acting credits

Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. Subsequent 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.

M*A*S*H (1977–1983)

In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of the CBS-TV sitcom 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 Pierce or Hunnicutt, and his surgical skills were often harshly criticized. Winchester, 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 puerile behavior served as the target for his fellow surgeons' barbs and jokes. At times, however, Winchester could align himself with Pierce and Hunnicutt and held considerable admiration for his commanding officer, Col. Sherman T. Potter. For his portrayal of the pompous but nonetheless multifaceted Boston aristocrat, Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.

Other television work

Following the completion of M*A*S*H, Stiers expanded his work on television with regular guest appearances on North and South; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; Touched by an Angel; Wings; and Frasier, along with a recurring role in Season 1 of Two Guys and a Girl as Mr. Bauer. In 1984, he portrayed United States Olympic Committee founder, William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896. He had guest appearances on ALF and Matlock. He appeared in two unsuccessful television projects, Love & Money and Justice League of America (as the Martian Manhunter). In 2002, Stiers started a recurring role as the Reverend Purdy on the successful USA Network series The Dead Zone with Anthony Michael Hall. In 2006, he was cast as the recurring character Oberoth in Stargate Atlantis. Stiers also appeared in eight Perry Mason made-for-TV movies in the 1980s as District Attorney Michael Reston.

Vocal work

Stiers has provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects. His first work was on one of George Lucas' earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138, in which he was incorrectly billed as "David Ogden Steers". Stiers has voiced PBS documentary films such as Ric Burns' project New York: A Documentary Film, 2010 Peabody Award winner The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today and several episodes of the documentary television series The American Experience, including Ansel Adams (2002), also directed by Ric Burns. In 1992, he voiced Mr. Piccolo in the animated English-dubbed version of Porco Rosso. He collaborated with Disney on eight animated features, including 1991's Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth, also opening narration), 1995's Pocahontas (as Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins), 1996's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as the Archdeacon), 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (as Mr. Harcourt), and 2002's Lilo & Stitch (as Jumba Jookiba). He lent his voice to the direct-to-video Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) as the Penguin. Stiers did voice work for Solovar in a two-part episode "The Brave and The Bold" in Justice League and voiced Solovar again in a Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning". He voiced characters in two of Disney's animated TV series: Gryzlikoff from Darkwing Duck, and Mr. Jolly from Teacher's Pet. He voiced the king and prime minister in the 2004 short film The Cat That Looked at a King. In Hoodwinked (2005), the animated movie partly based on Little Red Riding Hood, Stiers voiced the role of Nicky Flippers, the frog detective who is dispatched to Granny's house. He voiced Pop's father, Mr. Maellard, in the animated TV series Regular Show, which debuted in 2010. Stiers had voices in several video games, including Icewind Dale, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, as Jeff Zandi in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, and as Esher in Myst V: End of Ages.


Stiers is the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He has guest conducted over 70 orchestras around the world, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Vancouver Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, the Yaquina (Oregon) Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.


Film and television

Genre Year Title Episodes Role Notes
Film 1971 Drive, He Said Pro Owner
Film 1971 THX 1138 Announcer voice actor
TV series 1975 Kojak "Money Back Guarantee" Bryan LeBlanc / Mr. Roberts 001 episode
TV series 1976 Charlie's Angels "Charlie's Angels" (Pilot) Scott Woodville 001 episode
TV series 1976 Doc "Little Night Visitor""A Little Night Visitor"
"And Stanley Makes Three"
"Carry on Nurse, Please"
"Come Scrub with Me"
"EKG and Vote for Me"
"Mama Doc"
"The Westside Clinic and Deli"
Stanley Moss 007 episodes
TV series 1976 Mary Tyler Moore ShowThe Mary Tyler Moore Show "Look at Us, We're Walking" Mel Price 003 episodes total
TV series 1976 Phyllis "Wrong Box""The Wrong Box" Mr. Raymond 001 episode
TV series 1976 Rhoda "If You Want to Shoot the Rapids, You Have to Get Wet" George 002 episodes total
Film 1977 Oh, God! Mr. McCarthy, District Produce Manager
TV series 1977 This Is the Life "Undertow""Undertow"
Harry 001 episode
TV series 1977 Mary Tyler Moore ShowThe Mary Tyler Moore Show "Critic""The Critic"
"The Ted and Georgette Show"
Mel Price 003 episodes total
TV series 1977 Rhoda "Nose Job" Dr. Curt Dreiser 002 episodes total
TV series 1977 Tony Randall ShowThe Tony Randall Show "Case: The People Speak" Cleaver 001 episode
TV series 1977–1983 M*A*S*H Major Charles Emerson Winchester III 131 episodes total
Film 1978 Cheap DetectiveThe Cheap Detective Captain
Film 1978 Magic Todson
TV series 1978 Paper ChaseThe Paper Chase "Act of Desperation""An Act of Desperation" Woodrow Tullis 001 episode
TV film 1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Howard Freed
TV series 1981 CBS Afternoon PlayhouseCBS Afternoon Playhouse "Me and Mr. Stenner" Peter Stenner 001 episode
Film 1981 Harry's War Ernie
TV series 1983 American Playhouse "Innocents Abroad""The Innocents Abroad" Doc based on the travel book by Mark Twain
TV miniseries 1984 First Olympics: Athens 1896The First Olympics: Athens 1896 William Milligan Sloane
TV film 1985 Bad SeedThe Bad Seed Emory Breedlove
Film 1985 Better Off Dead... Al Meyer
Film 1985 Creator Dr. Sid Kullenbeck
Film 1985 Man with One Red ShoeThe Man with One Red Shoe ConductorThe Conductor
TV miniseries 1985 North and South Congressman Sam Greene 006 episodes
TV film 1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Horton Delafield
TV series 1986 Murder, She Wrote "Corned Beef and Carnage" Aubrey Thornton 003 episodes total
TV miniseries 1986 North and South, Book II Congressman Sam Greene 006 episodes
TV film 1987 Alamo: Thirteen Days to GloryThe Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Colonel Black
TV film 1987 J. Edgar Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt
TV series 1987 Matlock "Blind Justice" Arthur Hampton 003 episodes total
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit D.A. Michael Reston
Film 1988 Accidental TouristThe Accidental Tourist Porter Leary
TV series 1988 ALF "Turkey in the Straw: Part 1"
"Turkey in the Straw: Part 2"
Flakey Pete 002 episodes
Film 1988 Another Woman Young Marion's Father
TV series 1988 Matlock "Ambassador: Part 1""The Ambassador: Part 1"
"The Ambassador: Part 2"
Thomas Baldwin 003 episodes total
TV film 1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake D.A. Michael Reston
TV film 1989 Day One Franklin D. Roosevelt
TV film 1989 Final DaysThe Final Days Alexander Haig
TV series 1989 Ray Bradbury TheaterThe Ray Bradbury Theater "Pedestrian""The Pedestrian" Leonard Mead 001 episode
TV series 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special "American Eyes" Jack Henderson 001 episode
TV series 1990 Married People "Term Paper" Dr. Cashin 001 episode
TV series 1990 Wings "Little Nightmare Music""A Little Nightmare Music" Edward Tinsdale 001 episode
Animated film 1991 Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth NarratorCogsworth / Narrator voice actor
Film 1991 Doc Hollywood Mayor Nick Nicholson
Film 1991 Shadows and Fog Hacker
TV series 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation "Half a Life" Timicin 001 episode
TV film 1991 Wife, Mother, Murderer John Homan
Film 1992 Last of His TribeThe Last of His Tribe Dr. Saxton Pope
Animated film 1992 Porco Rosso Grandpa Piccolo voice actor; English version
TV series 1993 Jack's Place "Forever and Ever" Flower Man 001 episode
TV series 1994 Boys Are BackThe Boys Are Back "Tree Dies in Portland""A Tree Dies in Portland" George Spivack 001 episode
Film 1994 Iron Will J.W. Harper
TV series 1994 Murder, She Wrote "Egg to Die For""An Egg to Die For" Sergei Nemiroff 003 episodes total
TV film 1994 Past Tense Dr. Bert James
Film 1995 Bad Company Judge Beach
Film 1995 Mighty Aphrodite Laius
Film 1995 Napoleon Koala / Owl voice actor
Animated film 1995 Pocahontas Governor Ratcliffe / Wiggins voice actor
Film 1995 Steal Big Steal Little Judge Winton Myers
TV documentary series 1995–2011 American Experience Narrator voice actor; 032 episodes
TV series 1996 Cybill "Educating Zoey" Val 001 episode
Film 1996 Everyone Says I Love You Holden's Parent
Animated film 1996 Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Archdeacon voice actor
TV series 1996 Murder, She Wrote "Death by Demographics" Howard Deems 003 episodes total
TV series 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy "Twelfth Cave""The Twelfth Cave" Randolph Hitchcock 001 episode
TV film 1996 To Face Her Past Ken Bradfield
Animated film 1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas CogsworthCogsworth voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman "Farewell Appearance" Theodore Quinn 001 episode
TV film 1997 Justice League of America J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter
Film 1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Alexei Jovanovic
Film 1997 Meet Wally Sparks Governor Floyd Preston
Animated TV series 1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series "Out to Launch/Prophet and Loss" VLAD voice actor
TV series 1998 Ally McBeal "They Eat Horses, Don't They?" Judge Andrew Peters 001 episode
Animated film 1998 Belle's Magical World CogsworthCogsworth voice actor; direct-to-video
Film 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Henry Spivey
Animated film 1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Governor Ratcliffe/Duke of Buckingham voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 1998 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Mr. Bauer 013 episodes
Animated TV series 1999 Angry BeaversThe Angry Beavers "Kreature Komforts/Oh, Brother?" Byron Beaver voice actor
Animated film 1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Narrator voice actor; English version
TV series 1999 Outer LimitsThe Outer Limits "Shroud""The Shroud" Reverend Dr. Thomas Tilford 001 episode
TV series 1999 PracticeThe Practice "Infected" Judge Hollings 001 episode
TV series 1999–2000 Love & Money Nicholas Conklin 013 episodes
TV series 2000 Bull "How Green Is Your Mail?"
"Who's Afraid of Chairman Al"
"Monday, Bloody Monday"
"White Knight"
Gardner Blackstone 004 episodes
TV series 2000 Trouble With NormalThe Trouble With Normal "Say Cheese" Mr. Harrington 001 episode
Animated TV series 2000 Wild ThornberrysThe Wild Thornberrys "Luck Be an Aye-Aye" Karroo voice actor; 1 episode
Animated TV series 2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Mr. Jolly / Narrator / Congressman voice actor; 13 episodes
Film 2001 Tomcats Dr. Crawford
Animated film 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Fenton Q. Harcourt voice actor
Film 2001 Curse of the Jade ScorpionThe Curse of the Jade Scorpion Voltan
Film 2001 MajesticThe Majestic Doc Stanton
Animated film 2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse CogsworthCogsworth voice actor; direct-to-video
TV film 2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Stanford Thornton Murder, She Wrote TV series
Animated film 2001 Spirited Away Kamajii voice actor; English version
Animated TV series 2001–2002 Disney's House of Mouse "Thanks to Minnie"
"Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation"
"Donald and the Aracuan Bird"
CogsworthCogsworth voice actor; 3 episodes
TV series 2002 Arli$$ "It's All in the Game" Eli 001 episode
Animated TV series 2002 Justice League "Brave and the Bold""The Brave and the Bold"
"The Brave and the Bold: Part II"
Solovar / Car Owner voice actor; 3 episodes total
Animated film 2002 Lilo & Stitch Dr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor
TV series 2002–2007 Dead ZoneThe Dead Zone Reverend Eugene 'Gene' Purdy 040 episodes
Animated film 2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Penguin voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 2003 Frasier "Fathers and Sons" Dr. Leland Barton 001 episode
Animated film 2003 Stitch! The Movie Dr. Jumba Jookiba Dr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 2003 Touched by an Angel "I Will Walk with You: Part 1"
"I Will Walk with You: Part 2"
Jones 002 episodes
Animated TV series 2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Dr. Jumba Jookiba Dr. Jumba Jookiba 066 episodes
TV film 2004 Cable Beach Doc McWhirter
Live-action/animated shortLive-action/animated short film 2004 Cat That LookedThe Cat That Looked at a King KingThe King / The Prime Minister voice actor
Animated film 2004 Springtime with Roo Narrator voice actor; direct-to-video
Animated TV series 2004 Static Shock "Hoop Squad" Dr. Odium voice actor
Animated film 2004 Teacher's Pet Mr. Jolly voice actor
Animated TV series 2005 American Dragon: Jake Long "Talented Mr. Long""The Talented Mr. Long" Narrator / Crew Man voice actor
Animated film 2005 Hoodwinked! Nicky Flippers voice actor
Animated film 2005 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Dr. Jumba JookibaDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; direct-to-video
TV documentary series 2005 Nova "Daring Flight""A Daring Flight" Narrator voice actor
Animated short video 2005 Origin of StitchThe Origin of Stitch Dr. Jumba JookibaDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; 4:35 minutes uncredited
Animated film 2005 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Narrator voice actor; direct-to-video
Animated TV series 2006 Justice League "Dead Reckoning" Solovar voice actor; 3 episodes total
Film 2006 Lady in the Water Narrator uncredited
Animated film 2006 Leroy & Stitch Dr. Jumba JookibaDr. Jumba Jookiba voice actor; direct-to-video
TV series 2006 Stargate Atlantis "Progeny" Oberoth 003 episodes total
TV series 2006 Worst Week of My LifeWorst Week of My Life "Pilot" Jenson 001 episode; American TV series
TV series 2007 Stargate Atlantis "First Strike""First Strike"
Oberoth 003 episodes total
TV documentary series 2007 The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman Narrator
TV film 2008 Together Again for the First Time Max Frobisher
TV series 2010 Dino Dan Wandering Oaken
TV series 2011 Leverage "Lonely Hearts Job""The Lonely Hearts Job" Walt Whitman Wellesley IV 001 episode
Animated TV series 2011–2016 Regular Show 18 episodes total Mr. Maellard voice actor; recurring role, 18 episodes to date
Feature Film 2015 Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time The Admiral actor;

Video games

Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Toonstruck King Hugh
2000 Icewind Dale Narrator
2002 Stitch: Experiment 626 Dr. Jumba Jookiba
2003 Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Jeff Zandi
2005 Myst V: End of Ages Esher
Kingdom Hearts II Cogsworth
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix Cogsworth
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film/TV show Result
1981 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series M*A*S*H Nominated
1982 Nominated
1984 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Nominated
2001 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production Teacher's Pet Nominated
2009 TV Land Award Best Cast M*A*S*H Won

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