M*A*S*H star David Ogden Stiers comes out of the closet

After years of being alone actor David Ogden Stiers is coming out. He was concerned for years that his career would dry up if he admitted that he was gay.

The blog Gossip Boy asked the actor if he was gay. Ogden Stiers proudly replied that he was.

The actor, most famous for his 1970’s role on as Major Charles Winchester on M*A*S*H, has been working steady as a voice actor for Disney. That was one area of concern for the actor as he kept his sexual orientation hidden.

Planet Out
reports:

“…even though many have this idealistic belief that the entertainment industry and studios like Walt Disney are gay friendly—for the most part they are, but that doesn’t mean for them that business does not come first. It’s a matter of economics. Most of my more notable work in the last two decades has been as a voice actor. Certainly, I’ve done television appearances, be they recurring or guest roles, and numerous motion picture and documentary stints, but a lot of my income has been derived from voicing Disney and family programming. What the might allow in a more known actor, they prefer not having to deal with in minor players,” Stiers contended.

So why open the closet door now? The answer is simple Stiers would like to find someone to settle down with.

“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,” he said, “and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion for me.”

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