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Offline wilber

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Re: A celebrity has died thread
« Reply #75 on: June 27, 2018, 03:22:29 pm »
David Ogden Stiers passed away a few months ago. He was of course best known as Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H.  I was not old enough to remember M*A*S*H during its original run, but when I was young our local TV station used to play an episode of M*A*S*H every night after the evening news.    Winchester was brought in to replace Frank Burns. Burns had no redeeming qualities at all.  Winchester, on the other hand, while being a pompous snob and frequent foil to Hawkeye and Honeycutt, was a more rounded character who had many admirable qualities.  While his love of classical music was at first glance part of his snob persona, I thought his determination to cling to high culture in spite of the circumstances was quite noble-- he refused to let the war take away the things that separate humans from animals.

Aside from M*A*S*H,  Stiers also did a ton of voice acting work. This video shows some of the many characters he voiced in animation.


He was a more interesting character than Burns. You must be way too young to remember the movie with Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye, Elliot Gould as Trapper, Robert Duval as Burns and Sally Kellerman as Hot Lips.
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