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(TMZ)   David Ogden Stiers finally leaves the 4077th at age 75   ( tmz.com) divider line
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2018-03-03 08:19:23 PM  
I forgot he lived in Newport.

RIP - Funny Man.
 
2018-03-03 08:24:48 PM  
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2018-03-03 08:26:31 PM  
It must have been time for his resolution.
 
2018-03-03 08:29:18 PM  

fusillade762: I forgot he lived in Newport.


Thought he was much older when he played Winchester.

/RIP Major
//That life of luxury you always wanted awaits you
 
2018-03-03 08:31:23 PM  
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Together again. RIP.
 
2018-03-03 08:32:30 PM  
Major bummer. I hope he enjoys a sweet duet with Lumiere up there.
 
2018-03-03 08:33:11 PM  
MASH: Get Me The Hell Out of Here
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Good bye, Winchester
 
2018-03-03 08:36:46 PM  
Oh and Fark Cancer.
 
2018-03-03 08:41:38 PM  
Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major
 
2018-03-03 08:42:57 PM  
Goodnight, Major. You brightened my life.
 
2018-03-03 08:51:52 PM  

nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major


I think Radar is still alive.
 
2018-03-03 08:51:59 PM  
Larry Linville as Frank Burns was awesome in his own way, but this was one of the few times that a cast change not only didn't end a TV show, but enhanced it.

I also liked Kirstie Alley over Shelly Long in Cheers (YMMV).

/RIP, Bostonian aristocrat.
//F Cancer.
 
2018-03-03 08:55:44 PM  
Goodbye , Farewell, and Amen.
 
2018-03-03 09:09:49 PM  
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2018-03-03 09:10:05 PM  

nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major


Toledo will close for a week when Farr goes
 
2018-03-03 09:10:22 PM  
I have been watching reruns of MASH and I had to explain to my kids, that the dad from Better Off Dead died.

"Since then, that "tasty" car has slept in an auto cocoon on my front lawn!"
 
2018-03-03 09:12:38 PM  
I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.
 
2018-03-03 09:19:55 PM  
He was a great actor and had such a good voice. I will remember him first as Charles Emerson Winchester III, but secondly for all of the PBS "American Experience" programs he narrated. He was one of the best along with David McCullough.
 
2018-03-03 09:24:11 PM  

Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.


MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.
 
2018-03-03 09:28:29 PM  

texdent: nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major

I think Radar is still alive.


Yes he is, but of the main characters that is pretty much it. Fr. Mulcahy died a couple of years ago, as did Trapper John.
 
2018-03-03 09:34:14 PM  
Just yesterday I was thinking of him (& some of the others from the cast) & was wondering what he's been up to recently.

Horrible way to find out.

RIP Chuck...er ... Chas & thanks for all the laughs in that role

/& David for all the others
//And a BIG FARK CANCER
 
2018-03-03 09:35:28 PM  

catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.


I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.
 
2018-03-03 09:36:38 PM  
RIP Major.  He was a great counterpunch to BJ and Hawkeye and also brought a lot of humanity to the role.  The episode with the engineer who stammers is a favorite.
 
2018-03-03 09:37:22 PM  

FrancoFile: catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.

I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.


Don't forget the Christmas candy.
 
2018-03-03 09:38:45 PM  
RIP to a great actor...
 
2018-03-03 09:41:34 PM  
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2018-03-03 09:42:42 PM  

Flappyhead: FrancoFile: catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.

I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.

Don't forget the Christmas candy.


Hawkeye's father going in for surgery back in the States.

"I had a father...you had a dad."
 
2018-03-03 09:49:02 PM  

FrancoFile: catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.

I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.


Also in "an old family tradition"

/whenever he did something noble, it was always quietly done...
//his character development over the seasons was very interesting to watch...
///Also interesting fact:  MASH is one of the very few shows where the replacement characters had a longer stint on the show than the characters they replaced...
 
2018-03-03 09:51:35 PM  
Be me.  In college, in a differential equations class.  Be the teacher.  Teacher decides to be a no-show.  Be a dead ringer for Major Winchester that gets stuck with teaching the class.  Make no bones about it, you don't want to be there.  Make no bones about it, you ensure we all know our edumacation is beneath your abilities.  Make no bones about it, our shirt sleeves aren't worth the snot you blow onto them.

You, the Major Winchester lookalike that 20-25 of us despise show up for class one day.  With your pants unzipped.  Did I mention your lectures were 10% talkies, 10% writing on the board, and 80% talking about the board with your hands in your pockets?  With you doing the whole Italian talk with your hands schtick while your hands were in your pocket?

50 minute class.  Nobody told you your fly was open until we left.  Robin, bless her heart (and my future gf, but that's a different story), told him when the bell rang.  His facial expression made our day.
 
2018-03-03 09:52:44 PM  
He was in his 20s on MASH!!!!! Wat!
 
2018-03-03 09:54:20 PM  

jaytkay: He was in his 20s on MASH!!!!! Wat!


30s. Math fail on my part.

Still a little  surprising
 
2018-03-03 10:01:47 PM  
I always loved Charles. A snobbish, borish egotist, but underneath it all, a true human being. I never met David Ogden Stiers, but I'd like to think he brought all the kindness and warmth he felt and put it into Charles.

One of my favorite scenes:

MASH Morale Victory Left Hand
Youtube ijEiwBLCXeo


RIP, David. You took Charles and made him your own. And then you gave him to us. Thank you.
 
2018-03-03 10:09:10 PM  
Strangely enough, I just finished watching S9E20 The Life You Save before I saw the news about David Ogden Stiers
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Winchester has a close brush with death when a sniper fires on the 4077th during triage and becomes obsessed with understanding what happens when we die.  It was some of Stiers best work on M*A*S*H.
http://mash.wikia.com/wiki/The_Life_Y​o​u_Save_(TV_series_episode)
 
2018-03-03 10:10:27 PM  

Bondith: Flappyhead: FrancoFile: catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.

I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.

Don't forget the Christmas candy.

Hawkeye's father going in for surgery back in the States.

"I had a father...you had a dad."


That is one of my absolute favorite episodes and Winchester's empathy plus that one line is why.
 
2018-03-03 10:13:03 PM  
Oh, man. I hate this. More than I hate spinach, traffic jams, and the last few years of M* A*S*H. You know, when Alan Alda took over behind the camera and the show got all dramatic and preachy? Huh, am I right? Who's with me?
 
2018-03-03 10:13:51 PM  
Really liked his voice acting.  Was wondering a few days ago if he had retired.  Sad to hear it is a bit more permanent than that.

R.I.P.
 
2018-03-03 10:16:21 PM  
that really brings me over
 
2018-03-03 10:16:54 PM  

nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major


Radar?  Can't think of his real name so can't look it up myself
 
2018-03-03 10:18:32 PM  

almostsane: nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major

Radar?  Can't think of his real name so can't look it up myself


Gary Burgoff
 
2018-03-03 10:18:52 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: I always loved Charles. A snobbish, borish egotist, but underneath it all, a true human being. I never met David Ogden Stiers, but I'd like to think he brought all the kindness and warmth he felt and put it into Charles.

One of my favorite scenes:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ijEiwBLC​Xeo]

RIP, David. You took Charles and made him your own. And then you gave him to us. Thank you.


That was always one of my favorite episodes :-)
 
2018-03-03 10:21:45 PM  

Wadded Beef: Larry Linville as Frank Burns was awesome in his own way, but this was one of the few times that a cast change not only didn't end a TV show, but enhanced it.

I also liked Kirstie Alley over Shelly Long in Cheers (YMMV).

/RIP, Bostonian aristocrat.
//F Cancer.


I still think Linville as Burns was the best straight man in a sit-com ever.
 
2018-03-03 10:22:27 PM  
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IT'S NOT A CHICKEN, IT'S DAVID OGDEN STIERS! OH, GOD!

/he had some of the best, most memorable episodes in the second half of MASH He also happened to direct the one late era episode that felt like it belonged in the first three seasons, the one where the goat ate all the money.
 
2018-03-03 10:22:39 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: I always loved Charles. A snobbish, borish egotist, but underneath it all, a true human being. I never met David Ogden Stiers, but I'd like to think he brought all the kindness and warmth he felt and put it into Charles.

One of my favorite scenes:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ijEiwBLC​Xeo]

RIP, David. You took Charles and made him your own. And then you gave him to us. Thank you.


He made a pompous boor into a likable character. 
I always like the bit in the episode where Hawkeye is trying to write his will while under fire at aid station. He says of Charles "through it all, you always kept your dignity. I bequeath to you the most dignified thing I own: my bathrobe. Purple is the color of royalty."
 
2018-03-03 10:22:42 PM  

catmandu: He was a great actor and had such a good voice. I will remember him first as Charles Emerson Winchester III, but secondly for all of the PBS "American Experience" programs he narrated. He was one of the best along with David McCullough.


I was surprised to learn he narrated the PBS series "New York," which aired right before 9/11. They added another episode, part eight, the following year.

Fond memories. He will be missed.
 
2018-03-03 10:25:10 PM  
I loved him in the Dead Zone series as well. Of course I may be the only one who liked that series.
 
2018-03-03 10:27:11 PM  
Stiers also had a nice turn on Frasier, and was suggested to be the real father of Frasier and Niles until it's revealed the character is gay.

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2018-03-03 10:27:12 PM  

mwinberry: almostsane: nekom: Christ who's left alive from the cast of the show now?  Alan Alda is alive, Mike Farrell I think, Loretta Switt, who else?  Oh Jamie Farr I think.

/RIP Major

Radar?  Can't think of his real name so can't look it up myself

Gary Burgoff


Thank you! And it appears that he's still alive :-)  So him, Alan Alda, Mike Farrell and Loretta Swit.  And the guy that played the mechanic (Rizzo?).  He wasn't "full time' but on enough that you knew him.  I think he's still alive and playing a detective on The Closer/Major Crimes.
 
2018-03-03 10:27:42 PM  
Has a second wind as the voice of a generation.

// Art not mine
//RIP
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2018-03-03 10:29:15 PM  

FrancoFile: catmandu: Dallymo: I'm sad.  As a replacement for Ferret-Face Frank Burns, he filled the role of unlikeable outsider (and butt of jokes) but Charles was so much more complex than Frank--a much more interesting character, well-acted.

MASH did a really good job of replacing characters. The writers wrote specifically for those new people instead of trying to fit an actor into a pre-determined role. I always liked Sherman Potter over Henry Blake, BJ and Trapper were a toss-up (both were characters I liked), and I prefer Frank over Winchester but agree with you that Winchester was a more complex character.

I remember him showing real heart in 2 particular episodes - the concert pianist who lost an arm, and the stuttering kid.


I remember the stuttering kid because of his sister, Honorrhea.
That's Honoria!
 
2018-03-03 10:29:25 PM  
Loved him in Dead Zone as Rev. Gene Purdy. He really did a great job there.

RIP
 
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