David Ogden Stiers RIP

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by MikeH92467, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    I regret to report that David Ogden Stiers, who starred in M*A*S*H as well as the excellent TNG episode "Half a Life" has died at 75. Cancer. He also was a talented voice actor who had a featured role in the Anime classic "Porco Rosso". :(
     
    Random_Spock likes this.
  2. Random_Spock

    Random_Spock Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2009
    Location:
    Random_Spock
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2018
  3. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk A Spock and a smile Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Location:
    AI Generated Madness
    Sad news. I've always enjoyed his work. Talked with him for about 5 seconds once in the early 80's when he asked me for directions.
     
  4. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Location:
    astral plane
  5. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    I was very sad when I learned this. He was a brilliant actor with a magnificent voice. He always brought such thoughtfulness and humanity to his roles.
     
    Random_Spock likes this.
  6. marlboro

    marlboro Guest

    He played a blind murderer in a memorable episode of Matlock.

    RIP
     
  7. May 20

    May 20 Consumer of cookies and milk Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2001
    Location:
    May 20's Pretty Nest. :)
    I've been watching MASH reruns on WGN America off and on today. Season 7, if it matters. A lesser actor would have turned the pomposity of Charles Emerson Winchester, III, into sheer buffoonery. He gave the character heart and made us care.

    RIP :(
     
  8. E-DUB

    E-DUB Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    "You can cut me off from the civilized world, you can incarcerate me with two moronic cell mates, you can poison me with your thrice daily swill but you cannot break the spirit of a Winchester. My voice will be heard from this wilderness and I will be delivered from this fetid and festering sewer.”-Major Charles Emerson Winchester III

    Every time MASH replaced a character, the replacement was an improvement over the original. RIP.
     
  9. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Location:
    A type 13 planet in it's final stage
  10. The Lonely Man

    The Lonely Man Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2016
    I actually watched Half a life a few days ago.
    Still a very powerful episode with a central theme that is as powerful today as it was then.

    RIP Sir.
     
    Nakita Akita likes this.
  11. John Clark

    John Clark Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    There
    RIP.

    I'll always think of MASH first when I hear his name, but I do also remember him from other stuff like TNG and Atlantis:(
     
  12. Farscape One

    Farscape One Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Location:
    Farscape One
    I also remember him from those MASH, TNG, and SGA roles, as well as from THE DEAD ZONE.

    RIP, sir.
     
  13. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Charles from M*A*S*H was certainly his career-making role, but in a way I prefer his later roles where he got to use his normal voice, which was so much more euphonious than the nasal Boston accent he used for Charles.
     
  14. ihno

    ihno Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2014
    I loved how he pushed his fingers into people's heads in Stargate Atlantis.

    And he was a great actor in everything else he did as well.
     
  15. Herbert

    Herbert Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2017
    Location:
    Herbert
    I certainly don't agree in every case but this isn't the thread to have that debate.

    I do think it was smart of the MASH producers to cast replacement actors that were completely different than the originals and Stiers was great as Winchester.
     
    Mojochi likes this.
  16. Terok Nor

    Terok Nor Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Location:
    Rigel VII
    Great actor. He'll be missed.

    Half A Life was a great episode. He, Majel and Michelle Forbes put in strong performances.
     
    Random_Spock likes this.
  17. Triskelion

    Triskelion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    RIP to Mister Stiers, a man who chose his roles wisely and imbued them all with depth and humanity. He is unforgettable.
     
    Random_Spock and Gary7 like this.
  18. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Excellent point about Majel's performance. It was an excellent script that showed Lwaxana as something other than an oversexed floozy. The two of them made an excellent couple and her ability to show Lwaxana's love and compassion was a breakthrough for the character. By then it was obvious that Mr. Stier's was a fine actor, but I think there was a chemistry between the two actors that helped elevate her performance and made the episode one of the best of the series for me.
     
  19. Pindar

    Pindar Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2001
    Location:
    NCC - 1031
    Very sad news. Bladder cancer is one of the lesser known ones. I have had a tumour removed from my bladder twice. I hate reading about it killing people.

    If you ever pee blood get it checked. Early diagnosis is very important.
     
    Random_Spock, Gary7 and Nakita Akita like this.
  20. Nakita Akita

    Nakita Akita Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Cancer sucks!
     
    Pindar and Random_Spock like this.