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
“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
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