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Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
3/4/2018 1:17:59 AM

R.I.P. D.O.S.

This is so eerily ironic: with the recent HOLLYWOOD REPORTER articles about M*A*S*H and the 35th anniversary of the finale lacking any input or insight from David Ogden Stiers, I've been thinking about how he seemed to distance himself from M*A*S*H, but that it doesn't bother me too much, because even before I started watching M*A*S*H, his voice was part of my childhood, given he's done voice acting in many a Disney production, such as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, POCHAHONTAS, and LILO & STITCH. I've also always been impressed how he can really nail different accents, such as the great Russian accent he's used in some of his roles (such as a Russian mob king in JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE).

And now he's lost a battle with bladder cancer, which is really sad.

The thing I'll always remember best about him is how he was also so great at playing those kind of stuck-up, pompous, snobbish characters much like Charles.

felicity18

Posted:
3/4/2018 3:12:25 AM

I'm so sad to hear that David has died. He was such a brilliant actor. His portrayal as Charles Emerson Winchester the Third was truly brilliant. Charles was a first class snob, he was pompous, he was a jerk at times... but to quote Hawkeye he was alright. I will always love David's performance as Charles.

Rest in peace David
As Charles would say, Gentleman

felicity18

Beth

Posted:
3/4/2018 5:54:13 AM

I was so sad to hear the news just now. :'( Charles was one of my two top favorite characters on the show, with Klinger. He will be greatly missed.

wdm1219inpenna

Posted:
3/4/2018 12:45:02 PM

Very sad to come upon this news. I hadn't realized David was even ill.

Sad now too that more than half of the core 11 actors of the company have passed away.

McLean in 1996, Larry in 2000, Harry in 2011, Wayne on New Year's Eve 2015, Bill exactly one year later on New Year's Eve in 2016 and now David.

This leaves just Alan, Mike, Loretta, Gary and Jamie.

David was also on one episode, maybe two of the Mary Tyler Moore show.

I will have to watch Fade Out/Fade In later today.

adamsribs

Posted:
3/4/2018 1:55:21 PM

I was saddened to read the news last night. I could not stand Charles when I first starting watching MASH with my dad but when I became an adult he was one of my favorites. Yes he could be a snob but there was also a lot of truth in what he said at times. He also made me discover the game of cribbage as I wondered what that game was he used to reference about playing when he was stationed in Tokyo. I have enjoyed many hours of cribbage with friends as well as my wife. It was nice to see Charles show some humility when he got his toboggan from home or when he and Hawkeye talked about their dads together. My all time favorite Winchester line is when Klinger came by the swap dressed as Scarlett O' Hara and Charles replied, "Get out of my way you Antebellum Baboon!". LOL! Rest in Peace David.

hossFREE hec

Posted:
3/4/2018 10:11:31 PM

I was actually on the verge of tears when I found out that DOS had died. Broad shoulders, blue BLUE eyes… and that VOICE! Plus that he did a DAMN good job at rendering Charles in 3D, as opposed to the flat* Frank Burns he replaced.
[*Frank started out with more nuanced, but got squished flat over the course of five years.]

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
3/5/2018 12:42:17 AM

Although it's too bad he has passed, we can be thankful that he contributed in a positive way during his life. His death reminds us to be a positive influence through our own lives.

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