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Also Known As: Fritz William Weaver Died:
Born: January 19, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor

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A celebrated and durable American stage actor whose TV and film appearances have not captured the commanding power he elicits in the theater, Fritz Weaver portrayed both sympathetic and calculatingly villainous characters, often demonstrating an upper-crust bearing made more plausible by the long, thin, pinched appearance of his trademark nose. He is perhaps best known worldwide for his portrayal of Dr. Josef Weiss, the doomed patriarch of a Berlin Jewish family, in the 1978 NBC miniseries "Holocaust".

A celebrated and durable American stage actor whose TV and film appearances have not captured the commanding power he elicits in the theater, Fritz Weaver portrayed both sympathetic and calculatingly villainous characters, often demonstrating an upper-crust bearing made more plausible by the long, thin, pinched appearance of his trademark nose. He is perhaps best known worldwide for his portrayal of Dr. Josef Weiss, the doomed patriarch of a Berlin Jewish family, in the 1978 NBC miniseries "Holocaust".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cobbler, The (2014)
2.
 Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999) John Reynolds
3.
 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women (1997) Bishop Theas ("Woman On A Bicycle")
4.
 Broken Trust (1995) Lional Nash
5.
 Spring Awakening (1994) Captain Van Koster
6.
 Blind Spot (1993) Simon
7.
 Citizen Cohn (1992) Senator Everett Dirksen
8.
 Ironclads (1991) John Ericsson
9.
 My Name Is Bill W. (1989) Dr Burnham
10.
 Power (1986) Wallace Furman
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1952:
Stage acting debut with Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
1953:
Joined the Group 20 Players in Wellesley, MA
1954:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Way of the World"
1955:
Broadway debut, "The Chalk Garden"
1955:
Narrated the film "The Crimson Curtain"
1955:
Early TV appearance on "Kraft Television Theatre"
:
During the 1950s, appeared with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT
1958:
Was "Hamlet" for the American Shakespeare Festival
1958:
Had title role of "Hamlet" at the American Shakespeare Festival
:
Was a member of the Phoenix Theatre Company in NYC
1964:
Made first feature film appearance, "Fail Safe"
1964:
Film acting debut, "Fail Safe"
1967:
TV-movie debut, "The Borgia Stick" (NBC)
1970:
Breakthrough stage role in the Broadway production of "Child's Play"; won Tony Award as Lead Actor in a Play
1978:
Starred in NBC miniseries, "Holocaust"
1978:
Cast opposite Rosemary Harris as the patriarch Josef Weiss in the NBC miniseries "Holocaust"
:
Featured in two Lanford Wilson plays at the Circle Repertory Company, "A Tale Told" (1981) and "Angels Fall" (1982-1983)
1986:
Last feature film role to date, "Power"
1992:
Cast as US Senator Everett Dirksen in the HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn"
1997:
Had featured role in the Showtime TV-movie "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women"
2000:
Co-starred in an Off-Broadway staging of Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell"
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Education

University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1952
HB Studios: New York , New York - 1955 - 1956

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wife:
Sylvia Short. Married on February 7, 1953.

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father:
John Carson Weaver.
mother:
Elsa W Weaver.
daughter:
Lydia Charlotte Weaver.
son:
Anthony Ballou Weaver.
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