David Ogden Stiers, Voice of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Dead at 75

David Ogden Stiers has passed away at age 75 due to battle with bladder cancer.

He is most famous for starring in MAS*H, but to the Disney world he was the voice of some key characters in animated films.  Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film that he lent his voice.  He was Cogsworth and also the narrator at the beginning of the film.  He next voiced both Governor Ratcliffe and Wiggins in Pocahontas, also reprising the role in the made-for-video Pocahontas 2.  In Lilo and Stitch he was Jumba, the creator of Stitch.  He reprised the role in the television series and sequels as well.

In addition to these famous characters, he also voiced the priest in Hunchback of Notre Dame and narrated a few Winnie the Pooh movies like Springtime with Roo.

Stiers had a lot of talent, and brought his unique energy to every role he played.  His legacy lives in these characters he helped bring to life in several forms of media.  He passed away March 3, 2018 in his home.

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