MASH Star David Ogden Stiers Reveals he is Gay

Atlanta, GA 5/06/2009 11:23 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Actor David Ogden Stiers, who had a starring role on MASH as Dr. Charles Winchester, has revealed he is gay. The 66-year-old was asked by Gossip Blog if he is gay and he replied, “Yes, I am. Very proud to be so.”

Stiers also revealed his reason for coming out and explains why he didn’t do so before. “I could claim noble reasons as coming out in order to move gay rights forward, but I must admit it is for far more selfish reasons. No is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretions for me,” he says.

“From the late 1980s until about seven or eight years ago, you would find certain individuals coming up to you, me, and advocating the position that since we were doing family fare that it would be best were the actors to maintain a certain palatability to parents. These parties likely had heard rumors or harbored suspicions about me and wanted to make sure no embarrassing incidents were forthcoming,” Stiers added.

Stiers starred on MASH alongside Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, Wayne Rogers, Garry Burghoff, Mike Farrell and Harry Morgan for 6 seasons. He has also starred as the voice of many Disney characters with roles in Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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