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Dennis Weaver

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Dennis Weaver

American actor, best known for his work in television, including his role as Matt Dillon's trusty helper Chester Goode on the long-running western series Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud, and in the 1971 TV movie Duel, the first film of director Steven Spielberg add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (75%), California (7%), Colorado (7%)

Main connections: Colorado, Steven Spielberg, Universal Studios

Linked to: Missouri Southern State University, United States Navy, Universal Studios, NBC




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Dennis Weaver was born in 1924 add something


"'William 'Billy' Dennis Weaver"' was an American actor, best known for his work in television, including his role as Matt Dillon's trusty helper Chester Goode on the long-running western series "Gunsmoke", as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama "McCloud", and in the 1971 TV movie "Duel", the first film of director Steven Spielberg add something


In 1952, Winters aided him in getting a contract from Universal Studios add something


Weaver had been 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 Fellowship in the US. He was renowned as an environmentalist, promoting eating lower on the food chain, alternative fuels such as hydrogen and wind power through an educational organization he founded, The Institute of Ecolonomics add something


He received an Emmy award in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series add something


In 1960, he appeared in an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" entitled "Insomnia" in which his character suffers from sleeplessness due to the tragic death of his wife add something


In 1961, he did an episode of "The Twilight Zone" called "Shadow Play" where he was trapped inside his own dream add something


From 1964 to 1965, he portrayed a friendly veterinarian in NBC's comedy-drama "Kentucky Jones" add something


Diane Brewster - She guest starred in the premiere in 1964 of Dennis Weaver's series "Kentucky Jones"


Philip Abbott - In 1965, he appeared in Dennis Weaver's NBC sitcom, "Kentucky Jones", in the episode "The Music Kids Make"


His next substantial role was as Tom Wedloe on the CBS family series "Gentle Ben", with co-star Clint Howard, between 1967 and 1969 add something


Weaver landed the title role of the NBC series "McCloud" in 1970, for which he received two Emmy award nominations add something


J. D. Cannon - An alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he is probably best known for his co-starring role of Chief Peter B. Clifford in the television series "McCloud" with Dennis Weaver from 1970 until 1977, for his role as a prisoner in the film "Cool Hand Luke" , and for his role as the witness who cleared Dr. Richard Kimble in "The Judgment", the series finale of "The Fugitive "


Collin Wilcox (writer) - The "urban cowboy" was played by Dennis Weaver in the 1970-1977 TV series McCloud


During the series, in 1971, Weaver appeared in "Duel", a television movie directed by Steven Spielberg add something


He used his celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's campaign for president in 1972 add something


From 1973 to 1975, Weaver was president of the Screen Actors Guild add something


In 1974, he was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series and in 1975, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series add something


Mariette Hartley - In 1975, she appeared on "McCloud", starring Dennis Weaver entitled "Lady on the Run"


In 1978, Weaver played the trail boss R.J. Poteet in the television miniseries "Centennial" on the episode titled "The Longhorns add something


In 1980, he played Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned for involvement in the Lincoln assassination, in "The Ordeal Of Doctor Mudd add something


In the 1980s and 90s Dennis Weaver as McCloud was used to promote a rock show in NYC. add something


Later series during the 1980s were "Stone," in which Weaver played a Joseph Wambaugh-esque police sergeant turned crime novelist, and "Buck James," in which he played a Texas-based surgeon and rancher add something


The "Earth Ship", the personal home he commissioned architect Michael Reynolds to design and build in Ridgway, Colorado during the late 1980s, incorporated recycled materials in its construction and featured advanced eco-technologies add something


" Also in 1980 he starred with his real life son Robby Weaver in the short lived NBC police series "Stone" add something


Pat Hingle - In 1980, he appeared in the short lived police series "Stone" with Dennis Weaver


In 1981, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame with the Bronze Wrangler award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma add something


He portrayed a Navy rear admiral for 22 episodes of a 1983-84 series, "Emerald Point N.A.S." add something


" 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 add something


In February 2002, he appeared on the animated series "The Simpsons" as the voice of aging Hollywood cowboy legend Buck McCoy add something


In July 2003, Weaver lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver , in Santa Monica, California, when a car driven at high speed plowed through shoppers at an outdoor bazaar add something


In 2004, he led a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles across America in order to raise awareness about America's dependence on oil add something

Dennis Weaver died in 2006 add something


Weaver died of complications of cancer at his home in Ridgway, Colorado on February 24, 2006 add something


Memorial established February 27, 2006 add something


University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven W. Taylor, the mutual fund manager Michael F. Price, 2006 Miss America Jennifer Berry, former WNBA player and ESPN commentator Stacey Dales, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and actors Van Heflin, Dennis Weaver, Ed_Harris, James Garner, country recording artist Kellie Coffey, actress Olivia Munn, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Dari Nowkhah, actor and musician Christian Kane, and PGA Golf Professional Anthony Kim