RIP David Ogden Stiers

  • argus

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    Mar 04, 2018 2:43 PM GMT
    Stiers has died at age 75 of bladder cancer.

    He was brilliant in MASH, having the difficult job of replacing Larry Linville (Frank Burns) as the foil for Alan Alda. He proved popular and was twice nominated for an Emmy for his work on MASH.

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    Mar 04, 2018 3:48 PM GMT
    What a shame. Great actor. I loved his character in M*A*S*H and how he jarred with the other characters, but also showed depth and sensitivity at times. He was also very good in Frasier, playing Frasier and Niles's suspected father (spoiler alert: he wasn't).
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    Mar 04, 2018 6:12 PM GMT
    In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because so much of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming, and coming out thus might have had repercussions in the past.
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    Mar 04, 2018 6:21 PM GMT
    argus said
    In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because so much of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming, and coming out thus might have had repercussions in the past.

    Hurt not only his only career, but possibly damaged the reputation of M*A*S*H and other shows, and all those who appeared, worked and depended upon them. It was not unlike the way Black Lists operated, with which Republicans terrorized Hollywood in the 1950s.

    So his motivation for remaining closeted in that industry may have been the professional welfare of others, as well as his own.
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    Mar 04, 2018 7:27 PM GMT
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    argus said
    In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because so much of his income had been derived from family-friendly programming, and coming out thus might have had repercussions in the past.

    Hurt not only his only career, but possibly damaged the reputation of M*A*S*H and other shows, and all those who appeared, worked and depended upon them. It was not unlike the way Black Lists operated, with which Republicans terrorized Hollywood in the 1950s.

    So his motivation for remaining closeted in that industry may have been the professional welfare of others, as well as his own.

    Well Daddy Deco your lucky you were born a bisexual, and not a gay. Because being born a bisexual gave you a lot more rights, and protection than us gay got and had. For one gays were banned from the military, nor did we have women and children to hide behind either, while living as some pseudo heterosexual.
    In short since you've never been a gay, you've not had the battle we've had.
    But we gays were also born without the complexities of bisexuality.
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    Mar 04, 2018 11:19 PM GMT
    Oh yes the pompous Winchester III, from M.A.S.H.