M*A*S*H STAR STIERS’ GAY HEARTACHE

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M*A*S*H ac­tor David Og­den Stiers kept his ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity se­cret for years. "He wanted to be open but he was ter­ri­fied it would end his ca­reer," says a friend. The 75-year-old star, who played pompous Maj. Charles Emer­son Winch­ester Ill on the hit se­ries from 1977 to 1983, lost his bat­tle with blad­der can­cer March 3. When he fi­nally came out as gay in 2009, he ad­mits he did it to find love! "I could claim noble rea­sons in or­der to move gay rights for­ward, but it is for far more self­ish rea­sons," he con­fessed. "Now is the time I wish to find some­one!" But, sadly, it was too lit­tle, too late.

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