Mr. Stiers was born in 1945 and grew up in Oregon. He would have a few guest appearances on shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda prior to landing the role he is most famous for, Major Winchester in M*A*S*H in 1977. He would remain on the show until the end of the series 1983. He would win two Emmy awards while working on the show.
He would continue to work after M*A*S*H went off the air, guest starring in shows like North and South; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; Touched by an Angel; Wings; ALF, Matlock; and Frasier.
Mr. Stiers shared one thing with his role as Major Winchester, a love of classical music. Mr. Stiers would become the Associate Conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and conducted with the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He also guest conducted with many other orchestras, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Vancouver Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, the Yaquina (Oregon) Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony.
Mr. Stiers passed away at home in Newport Oregon, after a battle with bladder cancer.