DAVID OGDEN STIERS (Kamaji) is a Disney animation favorite, having delighted audiences with his voices for Cogsworth the Clock in "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), the greedy Governor Ratcliffe in "Pocahontas" (1995), the Archdeacon in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996), Mr. Harcourt in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001), and Jumba in "Lilo and Stitch" (2002). In "Spirited Away" Stiers gives voice to Kamaji, the wise old man who tends the furnace at the heart of the sprawling bathhouse.
The versatile actor is well known to the public for his six-year stint on the hit television show "M*A*S*H," in which he portrayed Major Charles Emerson Winchester III. The role earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He subsequently received a third nomination for his work in the NBC miniseries "The First Olympics: Athens 1896."
Born in Peoria, Illinois, Stiers began his acting career with the California Shakespeare Festival and, later, the Actors' Workshop in San Francisco. Following this, he went to New York to study acting at the Juilliard School and with the first graduating class became a charter member of John Houseman's Acting Company. With the latter, he toured in such shows as "The Beggar's Opera," "The Three Sisters," "Measure for Measure" and "The Lower Depths." On Broadway, Stiers appeared in "Ulysses in Night Town" with Zero Mostel, and starred in the hit musical "The Magic Show."
Stiers' feature film debut came in 1970, playing an announcer in George Lucas' "THX 1138." His other credits include "Oh God!," "Magic," "The Man with One Red Shoe," "Better Off Dead," "Another Woman," "The Accidental Tourist," "Doc Hollywood," "Steal Big, Steal Little," "Bad Company," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Jungle2Jungle" and "Everyone Says I Love You." His television work includes such distinguished programs as "North and South," "The Innocents Abroad," "The Day The Bubble Burst," "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry," "Anatomy of an Illness," "The Final Days," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and voiceover roles for Disney's "Teacher's Pet" and "House of Mouse." Stiers recently starred opposite Jim Carrey in "The Majestic" and in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion."
In addition to his acting talents, Stiers has conducted symphony orchestras across the country including ensembles in Portland, Maine, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Chicago. Stiers is associate conductor of the Yaquina Orchestra, and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Newport, Oregon.
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