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Also Known As: Died: February 24, 2006
Born: June 4, 1924 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Joplin, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, singer, lay minister

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A laconic performer who possessed an Everyman quality that rendered him perfect for the small screen, actor Dennis Weaver was a television mainstay for more than 40 years, appearing in a variety of television movies while starring on two long-running series, "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) and "McCloud" (1970-77). Having started his career in features, Weaver made the jump to television with a few guest appearances before spending several seasons playing the popular Chester Goode on "Gunsmoke." After leaving the show in 1964, he built off that success into a number of false starts until finally hitting his stride as the star of "McCloud," which showcased him as an easygoing cowboy lawman dealing with the stark pessimism of New York City - a role that many associated with Weaver above all others. While on the show, he starred as an unassuming motorist terrorized by a trucker in "Duel" (ABC, 1971), and spent the decades after "McCloud" ended in a series of made-for-TV movies and short-lived series like "Cocaine: One Man's Seduction" (NBC, 1983) and "Buck James" (ABC, 1987-88). An avowed environmentalist and champion of liberal causes, Weaver forged a legacy beyond Hollywood that highlighted his unending...

A laconic performer who possessed an Everyman quality that rendered him perfect for the small screen, actor Dennis Weaver was a television mainstay for more than 40 years, appearing in a variety of television movies while starring on two long-running series, "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) and "McCloud" (1970-77). Having started his career in features, Weaver made the jump to television with a few guest appearances before spending several seasons playing the popular Chester Goode on "Gunsmoke." After leaving the show in 1964, he built off that success into a number of false starts until finally hitting his stride as the star of "McCloud," which showcased him as an easygoing cowboy lawman dealing with the stark pessimism of New York City - a role that many associated with Weaver above all others. While on the show, he starred as an unassuming motorist terrorized by a trucker in "Duel" (ABC, 1971), and spent the decades after "McCloud" ended in a series of made-for-TV movies and short-lived series like "Cocaine: One Man's Seduction" (NBC, 1983) and "Buck James" (ABC, 1987-88). An avowed environmentalist and champion of liberal causes, Weaver forged a legacy beyond Hollywood that highlighted his unending empathy for his fellow man, all while retaining his stature as a notable performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Virginian, The (2000) Sam Balaam
3.
 High Noon (2000) Mart Howe
4.
 Submerged (2000)
5.
 Escape From Wildcat Canyon (1998) Martin Flint
6.
 Seduction in a Small Town (1997) Sam Jenks
7.
 Stolen Women: Captured Hearts (1997) Captain Robert Farnsworth
8.
 Greyhounds (1994) Chance Wayne
9.
 Mastergate (1992) Vice President Burden
10.
 Return of Sam McCloud, The (1989) Senator Sam Mccloud
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Joplin, Missouri
1950:
Co-starred on Broadway in "Come Back, Little Sheba"; later toured in the part
1952:
Signed to a contract by Universal; dropped after one year
1952:
Feature debut, "The Raiders"
1954:
Had early TV appearance in an episode of "Dragnet"
1955:
Co-starred as Chester Goode on the CBS Western "Gunsmoke"; won Emmy
1958:
Offered a fine supporting turn as a very nervous motel clerk in "Touch of Evil"
1962:
Made unsold musical pilot "TV Tonight"; sang and danced in the program
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Starred in the title role of "Kentucky Jones" (NBC)
1967:
Appeared in feature film "Gentle Giant"
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Starred in CBS series "Gentle Ben", based on the feature "Gentle Giant"
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Had title role of "McCloud" (NBC)
1971:
Made TV-movie debut, "Duel", directed by Stephen Spielberg
1971:
Starred opposite Debbie Reynolds in the feature thriller "What's the Matter With Helen?"
1973:
Cast as Abraham Lincoln in "The Great Man's Whiskers" (NBC)
1977:
Released album, "Dennis Weaver"
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Appeared in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"
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Starred in the title role of the ABC series "Stone"
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Headed cast of the CBS drama "Emerald Point, N.A.S."
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Played title role, "Buck James" (ABC)
1991:
Hosted the syndicated series "Backstage at the Zoo"
2000:
Appeared in TNT TV remake of "The Virginian"
2001:
Had recurring role on the ABC summer series "The Beast"
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Education

Joplin Junior College: Joplin , Missouri -
University of Oklahoma: Norman , Oklahoma - 1948
Actors Studio: New York , New York - 1949 - 1950

Notes

Weaver has been identified with environmental concerns and built a house completely from recycled materials.

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wife:
Gerry Stowell. Married on October 20, 1945.

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father:
Walter Weaver.
mother:
Lenna Weaver.
son:
Rick Weaver. Producer. Born c. 1949.
son:
Robby Weaver. Actor. Born c. 1953.
son:
Rusty Weaver. Music engineer. Born c. 1959.
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