He married Gerry Stowell after World War II and they had three sons: Richard, Robert, and Rustin Weaver. Copyright © The Weaver Family Trust — Dennis Weaver® is a registered trademark. He is known for his work on Magnum, P.I. Weaver received probably the best reviews of his career when he starred in the 1987 film Bluffing It, in which he played a man who is illiterate. While delivering flowers, he heard he had landed the role of Chester Goode, the limping, loyal assistant of Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) on the new television series Gunsmoke. Weaver decided that a stiff leg would be just the right thing.[6]. [15], In July 2003, Weaver lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver, wife of son Robby Weaver, in Santa Monica, California, when a car driven at high speed plowed through shoppers at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Having become famous as Chester, he was next cast in an offbeat supporting role in the 1958 Orson Welles film Touch of Evil,[7] in which he played a face-twisting, body-contorting eccentric employee of a remote motel who nervously repeated, "I'm the night man." [15], In July 2003, Weaver lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver, wife of son Robby Weaver, in Santa Monica, California, when a car driven at high speed plowed through shoppers at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Dennis was a football, baskeball, and track star in Joplin Junior College. He made his film debut that same year in the movie The Redhead from Wyoming. Weaver wanted to be an actor from childhood. [18], Weaver was consistently involved with the annual Genesis Awards, which honor those in the news and entertainment media who bring attention to the plight and suffering of animals. He received an Emmy Award in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series. Because there was another “Bill” Weaver, Equity insisted he use another name; he chose his middle name, Dennis. ✪ Gunsmoke Star Dennis Weaver Interview, ✪ Hopalong Cassidy documentary, hosted by Dennis Weaver. After the war, he returned to school, graduating from the University of Oklahoma at Norman with a degree in Fine Arts and Theater. His father was of English, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee, and Osage ancestry. Weaver's two most famous roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty partner Chester Goode/Proudfoot on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud. [23], Ryon, Ruth (2004). In 1978, Weaver played the trail boss R. J. Poteet in the television miniseries Centennial, in the installment titled "The Longhorns". Weaver's first role on Broadway came as an understudy to Lonny Chapman as Turk Fisher in Come Back, Little Sheba. Dennis Weaver was a vegetarian since 1958 and student of yoga and meditation since the 1960s and a devoted follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian guru who established the Self-Realization Fellowshipin the United States. Dennis Weaver was a vegetarian since 1958[14] and student of yoga and meditation since the 1960s and a devoted follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian guru who established the Self-Realization Fellowship in the United States. In the beginning of his acting career, he supported his family by doing odd jobs, including selling vacuum cleaners, tricycles, and women's hosiery. He lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, for several years and for a short time in Manteca, California. [12] In 1983, he played a real estate agent addicted to cocaine in Cocaine: One Man's Seduction. In 1952, Shelley Winters helped him get a contract from Universal Studios. During the series, in 1971, Weaver also appeared in Duel, a television movie directed by Steven Spielberg. William Dennis Weaver[1] (June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, best known for his work in television and films from the early 1950s until just before his death in 2006. In 1957, Weaver appeared as Commander B.D. In 1974, he was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series (McCloud) and in 1975, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series. In 1970, Weaver landed the title role in the NBC series McCloud, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. [2] After the war, he married Gerry Stowell (his childhood sweetheart), with whom he had three children. Over the next three years, he played in a series of movies, but still had to work odd jobs to support his family. Dennis was also a fine athlete. [8] Later, from 1964 to 1965, he portrayed a friendly veterinary physician raising an adopted Chinese boy as a single father in NBC's comedy-drama Kentucky Jones. According to the Archive of American Television interview with Weaver, the producer had him in mind for Chester, but could not locate him, and was delighted when he showed up to audition. Gerry died April 26, 2016, at 90. Weaver's two most famous roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty partner Chester Goode/Proudfoot on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud. (Buck James was loosely based on real-life Texas doctor James "Red" Duke.) [10] He released several singles and albums between 1959 and 1984, most notable of which was his eponymous Im'press Records LP in 1972, the cover of which featured a portrait of Weaver in character as McCloud; it was the first of seven albums he recorded.[11]. [20], In 2004, he led a fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles across the United States to raise awareness about America's dependence on oil. He received an Emmy Award in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series. His frequent use of the affirming Southernism, "There you go," became a catchphrase for the show. He studied at Joplin Junior College, now Missouri Southern State University, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma at Norman, where he studied drama and was a track star, setting records in several events. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the United States Navy, flying Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. [21], There will come a time ... when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that preceded it — the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! [18][19] He was also involved with John Denver's WindStar Foundation, and he founded an organization called L.I.F.E. "Ecolonomics" is a term formed by combining the words ecology and economics. Never having heard the radio show, Weaver gave Chester's "inane" dialog his best "method" delivery. (1980), Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) and The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985). Surviving him are his three sons, Rick, Rob, and Rusty, and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandon, Travis, and Jess. From 1973 to 1975, Weaver was president of the Screen Actors Guild. After graduation, he went to New York City to try acting. He also co-starred in a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "Shadow Play". In 1978, Weaver played the trail boss R. J. Poteet in the television miniseries Centennial, in the installment titled "The Longhorns". She was one of 10 people killed in the incident. (Love is Feeding Everyone), which provided food for 150,000 needy people a week in Los Angeles. Weaver and his family lived at Earthship for over 14 years, until 2004. 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From his earliest years, Dennis had always wanted to be an actor. Weaver married Gerry Stowell after World War II and they had three sons: Richard, Robert, and Rustin Weaver. Rick Weaver was born in 1948. Weaver's own home in Ridg­way, Col­orado, ex­em­pli­fied his com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. He is also remembered for his role as the twitchy motel attendant in Orson Welles' film Touch of Evil (1958). Weaver's own home in Ridgway, Colorado, exemplified his commitment to preserving the environment.

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