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    • David is environmentally conscious and only uses organic detergent for his laundry.

    • David is scheduled to play General Henry Waverly in Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at Broadway's Marquis Theater from November 19 to December 28, 2008.

    • David's last name is pronounced as Stires (STĪ-ərz) but is frequently mispronounced as Steers.

    • David is a big fan of the British radio comedy "The Goon Show".

    • David has done the reading for 3 for Tom Clancy's audio books: "The Sum of All Fears", "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" & "Clear and Present Danger".

    • David's 2 favorite movies are "Singin' In The Rain" and "Smiles of a Summer Night"

    • David is the son of Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers.

    • David has one son.

    • David narrated the Computer Role Playing Game "Icewind Dale".

    • In 2001 David was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production for Teacher's Pet for the episode "Pet Project".

    • He studied drama, in New York, at Juilliard. After winning a scholarship to the school at the age of 27. While there he studied under John Houseman.

    • David is the Resident Conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra.

    • David has conducted over 70 orchestras in over 100 appearances.

    • Stiers played the French Horn in the orchestra at Julliard.

    • Stiers never learned to drive until an episode of M*A*S*H, which was the episode "The Life You Save." This episode, which aired on May 4, 1981, contained a scene where his character, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, was driving up to the front.

    • Stiers has worked at Harvard as a theater games teacher.

    • Stiers was the tallest cast member of M*A*S*H, at 6'4" (1.93m) tall.

    • Stiers was a member of the Old Globe Theatre Festival in San Diego. In 1984, he directed Scapino, one of the Globe's award-winning productions. Some of the Globe's productions that he acted in were King Lear and The Tempest.

    • Stiers was offered $200 to be a member of the California Shakespeare Festival in Santa Clara for only three months. . He ended up staying for 7 years, until 1969, appearing in "The Mikado", "The Royal Hunt of the Sun", "The Caucasian Chalk Circle", "An Enemy of the People", "Man's a Man" and "Marat/Sade", among others.

    • One of Stiers' hobbies is listening to classical music.

    • Stiers recieved a scar on his chin after a bike accident during his mid-thirties.

    • Stier's began his acting career in Northern California.

    • Stiers was never formally trained to conduct a choir.

    • Stiers received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for The First Olympics: Athens 1896.

    • Stiers preformed in The Magic Show on Broadway.

    • Stiers has written over 50 orchestral works.

    • Stiers has been in a number of animated movies:
      Cogsworth the clock in the popular movie Beauty and the Beast

      Fenton Q. Harcourt in Atlantis: The Lost Empire

      Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

      Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas

      Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo and Stitch

      Nicky Flippers in Hoodwinked

    • Stiers attended 2 High Schools in Oregon, he was at each school for 2 years. Urbana High School, where he was a classmate of film critic Roger Ebert, the two of them co-edited a science fiction newspaper for a short time. The other was North Eugene High School, which he graduated from.

    • Stiers received two Emmy nominations for his work on M*A*S*H, in 1981 and 1982 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series.

    • Stiers an avid fan of classical music, and has conducted many orchestras, including the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, for which he is the principal guest conductor.

  • Quotes

    • David Ogden Stiers: The simple fact of it is, in the British tradition, you're an actor who happens to be in a film or on television or on the stage. In America, annoyingly, you're identified as a film actor or a TV actor or a whatever actor. Early in my career, I decided to stop paying attention to the labels.

    • David Ogden Stiers: (on what is your favorite piece of music)The one I'm studying. It sounds like such a cop out and I don't mean it to but whatever's next, whatever really stunning piece of music I get to approach next and hammer the secrets out of, of structure, choice, contrast, architecture, melodic structure. It's one of the most thrilling pieces of detective work I know.

    • David Ogden Stiers: I really like science fiction because it tells terrific human stories in a frame work that keeps you visually excited and challenged and lets you recognize the commonality of the characters in the piece with… with you and people you know in the here and now.

    • David Ogden Stiers: (in answer to What is your favorite TV show?) No favorite, although I lament more the passing of Pee Wee's Playhouse than almost anything that went away before its time. I thought that was the most imaginative half-hour on television.

    • David Ogden Stiers: (about conducting) You have no idea how dictatorial it is. Everyone should know what it's like to make a movement with a stick and suddenly between 22 and 107 people scrape, blow and thump at the same time.

    • David Ogden Stiers: Equal rights for homosexuals isn't an emotional issue to me as much as it is logical. The uproar over the Defense of Marriage Act struck me as very odd. If people of the same sex marry, then what happens? Where are the dominos that are going to fall over? I guess some people are scared that it gives permission to children that may not be predisposed at all to experiment.

    • David Ogden Stiers: (on does he prefer conducting or acting) What's next is what I really really like to regard. I don't care if it's voice over work, or commercial, or directing a play, or doing a guest appearance with an orchestra, or going into some sort of ear training for a movie, or what is next. That I keep working just astonishes me. I never take it for granted.

    • David Ogden Stiers: You have to like the characters, even if they're villains. You have to like every character you play regardless of what they do. Even murderers pet dogs, you know.

    • David Ogden Stiers: (In response to a question on if people call him Dave.) Not and walk away without a limp. I hate being called Dave.

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