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Birthday: June 4, 1924
Place: Joplin, Missouri, USA
Height: 6' 2"
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| A track star at the University of Oklahoma, Dennis Weaver went on to serve as a Navy Pilot during World War II. After failing to make the 1948 U.S. decathalon Olympic team, Weaver accepted the invitation of his college chum Lonny Chapman to give the New York theatre world a try. He understudied Chapman as "Turk Fisher" in the Broadway production Come Back Little Sheba, eventually taking over the role in the national company. Deciding that acting was to his liking, Weaver enrolled at the Actors' Studio, supporting his family by selling vacuum cleaners, tricycles and ladies' hosiery. On the recommendation of his Actors' Studio classmate Shelley Winters, Weaver was signed to a contract at Universal studios in 1952, where he made his film debut in The Redhead From Wyoming (1952). Though his acting work increased steadily over the next three years, he still had to take odd jobs to make ends meet. He was making a delivery for the florist's job where he worked when he was informed that he'd won the role of deputy Chester Goode on the TV adult western Gunsmoke. So as not to be continually upstaged by his co-star James Arness (who, at 6'7", was five inches taller than the gangly Weaver), he adopted a limp for his character—a limp which, along with Chester's reedy signature line "Mis-ter Diillon" and the deputy's infamously bad coffee, brought Weaver fame, adulation and a 1959 Emmy Award. Though proud of his work on Gunsmoke—"I don't think any less seriously of Chester than I did about King Lear in college"—Weaver began feeling trapped by Chester sometime around the series' fifth season. Having already proven his versatility in his film work (notably his portrayal of the neurotic motel night clerk in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil ), Weaver saw to it that the Gunsmoke producers permitted him to accept as many "outside" TV assignments as his schedule would allow. Twice during his run as Chester, Weaver quit the series to pursue other projects. He left Gunsmoke permanently in 1964, whereupon he was starred in the one-season "dramedy" series Kentucky Jones (1965). In 1967, he headlined a somewhat more successful weekly, Gentle Ben (1967-69) in which he and everyone else in the cast played second fiddle to a trained bear (commenting upon his relationship with his "co-star", Weaver replied "I liked him, but it was a cold relationship...Ben didn't know me from a bag of doughnuts.") The most successful of Weaver's post-Gunsmoke TV series was McCloud, in which, from 1970 to 1977, he played deputy marshal Sam McCloud, a New Mexico lawman transplanted to the Big Apple. In addition to his series work, Weaver has starred in several made-for-TV movies over the past 25 years, the most famous of which was the Steven Spielberg-directed nailbiter Duel (1971). Dennis Weaver is the father of actor Robby Weaver, who co-starred with his dad on the 1980 TV series Stone.
- Was a track and field athlete from the University of Oklahoma.
- Placed 6th in the 1948 Olympic Trials in the Decathlon. Bob Mathias placed first; Weaver won the final event, the 1500 meter run.
- Born at 8:00am-CST
- Shelley Winters gave him one of his first real breaks by helping him get a part in a stage production of "Come Back, Little Sheba."
- In 1958, he formed a singing trio with Milburn Stone and Amanda Blake. In 1960 the trio broke the house record for the Albuquerque Arena during the New Mexico State Fair.
- President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1973-1975]
- Had three grandchildren, Jennifer, Travis and Jess
- Had three sons, Rick, Robby and Rusty
- Was a committed environmentalist, Weaver's home near Santa Fe, N.M., is constructed almost entirely out of recycled materials.
- Father of actor Robby Weaver, actor/producer/director Rick Weaver and Rusty Weaver.
- His 2001 autobiography is called "All the World's a Stage".
- Lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver (who was married to his son, Robby), to the July 2003 Santa Monica, California car accident that killed more than 8 people.
- Inducted (as a cast member of "Gunsmoke" (1955)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1981.
- Gave his character Chester on "Gunsmoke" (1955) a bad leg and a limp out of fear that he would not be noticed when playing scenes with the 6' 7" James Arness unless his character had an unusual trait that would call attention to him.
- Almost didn't get the part of Chester Goode on "Gunsmoke" until he asked for a second chance to read the lines in a humorous, countrified accent and won the role.
- Served as the president of "Love Is Feeding Everyone" (LIFE), which fed 150,000 needy people a week in Los Angeles County. Also, founded the Institute of Ecolonomics, which sought solutions to economic and environmental problems.
- He was a struggling actor in Hollywood in 1955, earning a week delivering flowers when he was offered 0 a week for a role in a new CBS television series, "Gunsmoke" (1955) After nine years as Chester, who he played with a stiff-legged gait, he was earning ,000 a week.
- Died on the same day and at the same age as Don Knotts.
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)
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