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David Ogden Stiers (born 31 October 1942; age 72) is a veteran actor who played Doctor Timicin in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fourth season episode "Half a Life" in 1991, performing opposite Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi. Stiers filmed his scenes between Thursday 28 February 1991 and Friday 8 March 1991 on Paramount Stage 8 and 9. He worked closely with dialogue coach Philip Weyland and had a three-room-trailer from the company Star Waggons.
Stiers is perhaps best known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the highly successful television series M*A*S*H from 1977 through 1983, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations.
Stiers also guest-starred in the first two chapters of the North and South trilogy, alongside Jean Simmons and Anthony Zerbe. The series also starred TNG's Jonathan Frakes and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan's Kirstie Alley.
His many feature films include Better Off Dead (1985, with Kim Darby), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Doc Hollywood (1991), Steal Big Steal Little (1995, with Pamela Winslow and Charles Rocket), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997, also featuring Dominic Keating), and The Majestic (2001). He has also appeared in numerous films from writer/director Woody Allen.
He has proven himself to be a talented voice actor, voicing characters in several films for Walt Disney Studios, including Beauty and the Beast (1991), Pocahontas (1995), and Lilo & Stitch (2002). He also lent his voice to Disney's acclaimed animated series Teacher's Pet and its subsequent feature film adaptation. Stiers narrated Ric Burns' sweeping New York: A Documentary Film, which tells the history of New York City, and performed voiceovers for George Lucas's THX 1138, which also featured Ian Wolfe and Sid Haig. He has worked with computer game developer Cyan Worlds, Inc., voicing both the characters of Jeff Zandi and Dr. Watson in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, and Esher in Myst V: End of Ages, the latter of which also utilized his likeness for the character.
Other Star Trek connections
- The Dead Zone (2002-2007, with Nicole deBoer and Bill Mondy, created by Michael Piller)
- Stargate: Atlantis (2006-2007, with Robert Picardo and Colm Meaney)
- Leverage (2012, with Leon Rippy and directed by Jonathan Frakes)