David Ogden Stiers recalled the moment he knew he had made it on M*A*S*H

A cast that pranks together stays together.

Joining an existing cast as a new character when you're an actor is no easy feat, especially when you're joining a show as insanely popular as M*A*S*H was. David Ogden Stiers was a welcome addition to the cast, and he was nominated two times for an Emmy award. It was a role that he played until the series' conclusion, and a fan favorite, even after all these years.

Stiers spoke to the Associated Press about the moment it became obvious he had achieved a level of stardom and notoriety on M*A*S*H while he was at the People's Choice Awards. He said, "Friends I hadn't seen in a while were braying about how envious they were that I had this role." However before he was cast, Stiers hadn't even seen the show. "I had seen the movie. So I had to brush up on the show." Upon watching, Stiers was able to see the talent that would soon become part of his daily routine. He commented, "I saw that I was moving into illustrious company. It started out nifty and it got better."

But while Stiers was accepted by the public, he also coveted a key memory of when he realized that he had been accepted by his fellow castmates on the series. He explained, "I knew I was accepted by the others the first time somebody threw something at me in the operating room." 

The statement feels strange to hear, but someone more familiar with the M*A*S*H cast and crew and their love of pranking might be completely unphased by the comment. 

Stiers continued, "We'd just finished an intense scene. I heard the director say 'cut' and I looked up waiting for him to say 'print.' That's when I was hit by three pieces of gauze." It's a moment that inspires laughter, but for Stiers, it's a heartwarming moment that was indicative that he was truly immersed as a member of the group. He concluded, "I had become part of the practical jokes."

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CoreyC 5 months ago
I believe that if Larry, McLean and Wayne Rogers stayed I doubt M*A*S*H would have lasted 11 seasons.
jmworacle 5 months ago
Sometimes when a character leaves a show it's like letting air out of a balloon. But in certain cases like Larry Lineville leaving M*A*S*H is replaced with a character that is the total opposite of the person they are replacing something clicks.
Andybandit 5 months ago
I liked when DOS started on MASH. I am probably the only one that liked him better than Frank. Sorry about that.
Adamtwelvia Andybandit 5 months ago
I liked almost anyone better than Frank. I didn't think you were SUPPOSED to like Frank!
Jon Andybandit 5 months ago
CEW was my favorite character on the show. I liked him a LOT more than I liked Frank.
CoreyC Adamtwelvia 5 months ago
Even Larry Linville disliked Frank Burns. Larry said in a M*A*S*H reunion said if you ever meet a man like Frank Burns run away.
MikefromJersey 5 months ago
No offense, but this story doesn't even rise to the level of being bland. Yawn.
That's because Winchester was such a bore.
nd1irish MikefromJersey 5 months ago
Mike, ask MeTV to refund your money. By the way, I like the other comments here better than yours. I found your comment to be (what word am I looking for?)…bland.
MikefromJersey nd1irish 5 months ago
The MeTV crew post something, then below they invite opinion.
In this case they recycled an old AP story that any informed person can see was basically
filler even when AP first ran it decades ago.
You know, bland stuff.
They know better as they write for a living, so we shouldn't be enablers and accept such pablum.

nd1irish MikefromJersey 5 months ago
It’s FREE. If you don’t like it .,.fine- read it and move on with your life. No need to type out a criticism for something you got for FREE.
MikefromJersey nd1irish 5 months ago
"FREE" doesn't render something beyond comment, in a forum that invites comment.
I won't spend any more time explaining this to you, it's pointless.
And you must have something better to obsess about unless you are married to one of
the MeTV guys who wrote the above.
nd1irish MikefromJersey 5 months ago
I just can’t stand whining complainers. Now, Mike, why don’t you go yell at those kids playing on your lawn 😂
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