Your obituary to the wonderful David Ogden Stiers (April 21) makes mention of his appearance in a 2003 episode of Frasier. You say that in many ways his snobber Winchester (in the TV series of M * A * S * H) was prior to Frasier. But the central point of the episode was that Marty Crane (equally wonderful John Mahoney) begins to wonder if he is the father of Frasier and Niles, because they share so many things in common with Leland, who had been very close to his mother. When Marty confronts Leland with his suspicions, Leland states that the reason he was so close to Marty’s wife was because he was the only person who could say he was gay.
How sad, then, that another six years have passed (at the age of 67) before the actor himself felt able to go out publicly and say he was gay.
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