David Ogden Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester on M*A*S*H for six years, has now, at the age of 66, come out. Yahoooo! Why did it take so long? Standard Hollywood reasons: He feared it would cost him his career, which also included voice work in films like Beauty And The Beast, Lilo & Stitch, and Pocahontas, produced by that “family” company called Disney.
Says Stiers: “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.”
So why come out now? “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. Now is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion for me.”
All together now: Awww!