David Ogden Stiers
David Ogden Stiers stars as "Reverend Gene Purdy" in the USA Network original series The Dead Zone.
An accomplished actor of stage, film and television, Stiers' career has spanned over 30 years, making him one of the most recognizable faces in entertainment.
Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, and he began his acting career in Northern California. He moved to New York, where he studied drama at Juilliard, and joined the Houseman Acting Company at its outset. He has worked with the Old Globe Theatre, San Francisco's The Actor's Workshop, the California Shakespeare Festival and the Committee Revue and Theatre. Aside from numerous regional theatre productions, Stiers appeared in "Ulysses in Night Town" and "The Magic Show" on Broadway.
A three-time Emmy-nominated actor, Stiers has appeared in a multitude of both television films and series. He has embraced such episodic projects as "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Murder, She Wrote," "Matlock," "Wings" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He has also been seen in television films such as the epic miniseries "North & South," HBO's "The Final Days," USA's "Final Notice" and "The Pedestrian," "The Bad Seed" and his Emmy-nominated stint in "The First Olympics: Athens 1896." Stiers is also widely known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in "M*A*S*H," for which he garnered two Emmy nominations.
In film, the list of Stiers' credits include "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," "The Cheap Detective," "Oh, God," "Magic," "Doc Hollywood," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Harry's War," "Creator," "Better Off Dead," "The Accidental Tourist," "The Majestic," and this summer will be filming "Together Again For the First Time," opposite Patty Duke.
As a narrator he has voiced many PBS documentaries including Ric Burn's epic "New York" and recently completed the narration for The American Experience documentary "John and Abigail Adams."
Stiers has also lent his voice to many animated films including Walt Disney's "Beauty & the Beast," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Pocahontas," "Lilo & Stitch" and Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" and "Porco Rosso."
As a conductor, Stiers has appeared with 50 orchestras in the United States and Canada, maintains a large repertoire of orchestral works and occupies two posts as Associate Conductor of The Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival.