Dennis Weaver

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1924 in Joplin, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (107)

The Beast 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wildfire 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Abner (Actor)

The Simpsons 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Family Law 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Virginian 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Colorado Christmas 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With Dennis Weaver 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Reconstructing Evil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Submerged 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

John Denver: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Tribute to the Singing Cowboy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Edition 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage at the Zoo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Firing Line Special Debate (09/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles and Other Mysteries 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth '90: Children and the Environment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Buck James 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World's All-Star, Lone Star Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Amy Grant... Headin' Home For the Holidays 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex Symbols: Past, Present and Future 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Go to Sleep 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Top 20 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Stone 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Stone 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Strangers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

McCloud 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Denver Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Opryland USA -- 1975 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

What's The Matter With Helen? 1971 (Movie)

Lincoln Palmer (Actor)

McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Sledge 1969 (Movie)

Ward (Actor)

Gentle Ben 1967 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Gentle Giant 1966 (Movie)

Tom Wedloe (Actor)

Duel at Diablo 1965 (Movie)

Willard Grange (Actor)

Way... Way Out 1965 (Movie)

Hoffman (Actor)

The Gallant Hours 1960 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Andy Lowe (Actor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

Motel Clerk--the (Actor)

Chief Crazy Horse 1955 (Movie)

Major Carlisle (Actor)

Seven Angry Men 1955 (Movie)

John Jr (Actor)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Dangerous Mission 1954 (Movie)

Pruitt (Actor)

Dragnet 1954 (Movie)

Captain Lohrman (Actor)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law and Order 1953 (Movie)

Frank Durling (Actor)

The Golden Blade 1953 (Movie)

Rabble Rouser (Actor)

The Man From the Alamo 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

War Arrow 1953 (Movie)

Pino (Actor)

Horizons West 1952 (Movie)

Dandy Taylor (Actor)

The Lawless Breed 1952 (Movie)

Jim Clements (Actor)

A Winner Never Quits (TV Show)

Actor

Amber Waves (TV Show)

Actor

Bluffing It (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Disaster at Silo 7 (TV Show)

Actor

Duel (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Wildcat Canyon (TV Show)

Actor

Female Artillery (TV Show)

Actor

Greyhounds (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Actor

High Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Man (TV Show)

Actor

Seduction in a Small Town (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on the Beach (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Loving Stopped (TV Show)

Actor

The Forgotten Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Show)

Actor

The Islander (TV Show)

Actor

The Mississippi Gambler (Movie)

Julian Conant (Actor)

The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (TV Show)

Actor

The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV Show)

Actor

The Redhead from Wyoming (Movie)

Matt Jessup (Actor)

The Return of Sam McCloud (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Walter Weaver

Father

Lenna Weaver

Mother

Gerry Stowell

Wife
married on October 20, 1945

Rick Weaver

Son
born c. 1949

Robby Weaver

Son
born c. 1953

Rusty Weaver

Son
born c. 1959

EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma 1948
on track team

Joplin Junior College

Joplin , Missouri

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1949 - 1950

Milestones

2001

Had recurring role on the ABC summer series "The Beast"

2000

Appeared in TNT TV remake of "The Virginian"

1991

Hosted the syndicated series "Backstage at the Zoo"

1977

Released album, "Dennis Weaver"

1973

Cast as Abraham Lincoln in "The Great Man's Whiskers" (NBC)

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "Duel", directed by Stephen Spielberg

1970

Starred opposite Debbie Reynolds in the feature thriller "What's the Matter With Helen?"

1967

Appeared in feature film "Gentle Giant"

1962

Made unsold musical pilot "TV Tonight"; sang and danced in the program

1958

Offered a fine supporting turn as a very nervous motel clerk in "Touch of Evil"

1955

Co-starred as Chester Goode on the CBS Western "Gunsmoke"; won Emmy

1954

Had early TV appearance in an episode of "Dragnet"

1952

Feature debut, "The Raiders"

1952

Signed to a contract by Universal; dropped after one year

1950

Co-starred on Broadway in "Come Back, Little Sheba"; later toured in the part

Played title role, "Buck James" (ABC)

Starred in CBS series "Gentle Ben", based on the feature "Gentle Giant"

Raised in Joplin, Missouri

Had title role of "McCloud" (NBC)

Appeared in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"

Starred in the title role of "Kentucky Jones" (NBC)

Starred in the title role of the ABC series "Stone"

Headed cast of the CBS drama "Emerald Point, N.A.S."

Bonus Trivia

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

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