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

Maj. Charles Winchester of M*A*S*H 4077th has come out of the closet.

Actor

David Ogden Stiers

tells Gossip-Boy.com, "I am [gay]. Very proud to be so."

The 66-year-old actor, who played Cogsworth in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," said his success doing voice work made him nervous to reveal his true identity.

Stiers, who began his acting in San Francisco at the Actors' Workshop and went on to work with John Houseman's Acting Company in New York, has done voices in many Disney movies such as "Lilo and Stitch," "Beauty and the Beast," The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Pocahontas" and "Jungle 2 Jungle" "What they might allow in a more known actor, they prefer not having to deal with in minor players," said Stiers.

"I should say in regards to this that many of my fears were in modern times self-invented. I’ve been working internally on whether they were the problem or if I just continued using them as an excuse long after the call for conservative private lives passed."

He went on to say: "I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am."

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