Seventies M*A*S*H star David Ogden Stiers has come out of the closet.

“I am [gay],” the actor who is best know for playing the uppity doctor Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on CBS's long running series M*A*S*H said. “Very proud to be so.”

The revelation came in an overlooked interview posted online in March at

Stiers says he's finally comfortable speaking publicly about his sexuality. Adding he would not want to impose the closet on a potential suitor.

“I wish to spend my life's twilight being just who I am,” Stiers said. “I could claim noble reasons as coming out in order to move gay rights forward, but I must admit it is for far more selfish reasons. Now is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion with me.”

Stiers, 66, said he is looking for a man who is both “mature and youthful” with “developed arms.”

And explained that he kept his sexuality hidden for so long because he feared Hollywood would reject him: “Even though many have this idealistic belief that the entertainment industry [is] gay friendly. For the most part they are, but that doesn't mean for them that business does not come first.”