The multi-talented actor David Ogden Stiers was born on October 31, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois. He moved to New York City during the early days of his career and joined The Acting Company. His early small screen appearances are in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Stiers, who is also a successful voice actor, lended his voice to several Disney characters, such as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.
Reverend Gene Purdy is played by David Ogden Stiers on USA Network's science fiction and suspense series The Dead Zone. He became Johnny's legal guardian when the latter succumbed to a coma.