David Ogden Stiers, the Emmy-nominated actor who first found widespread fame playing Major Charles Winchester on the TV series M*A*S*H and who later voiced many characters in animated Disney musicals, has come out in an interview with the gay Oklahoma City blog gossip-boy.com.
“I am [gay],” Ogden Stiers said. “Very proud to be so.”
The interview was published in March, but was missed by many media outlets.
Ironically, Ogden Stiers said it was his later, very successful career as a voice actor that caused his reluctance to come out any earlier:
“I enjoy working and even though many have this idealistic belief that the entertainment industry and studios like Walt Disney are gay friendly, [they weren’t always],” Ogden Stiers said. “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…A lot of my income has been derived from voicing Disney and family programming. What they might allow in a more known actor, they prefer not having to deal with in minor players.”
To read the complete interview, visit gossip-boy.com.