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    Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    These things seem to happen in 3's...

    Just heard on CNN that Dennis Weaver has died (last Friday I believe).

    He was great as Chester in the early Gunsmoke TV series.

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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    no more Sam McCloud.
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    McCloud and the Night Stalker join Commissioner Stewart McMillan in the afterlife.

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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/obituari...home-headlines

    From the Los Angeles Times
    Actor Dennis Weaver Dies at 81
    From Associated Press

    9:41 AM PST, February 27, 2006

    Dennis Weaver, the gimpy, slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died, his publicist said today. The actor was 81.

    Weaver died of complications from cancer on Feb. 24 at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, publicist Julian Myers said.

    A struggling actor in Hollywood in 1955, Weaver was earning $60 a week delivering flowers when he was offered $300 a week for a role in a new CBS television series, "Gunsmoke." He learned that another actor had turned down the same role at $400 a week. Weaver summoned his courage and asked for and got $400. By the end of his nine years with "Gunsmoke," he was earning $9,000 a week.

    When Weaver first auditioned for the series, he found the character of Chester "inane." He wrote in his 2001 autobiography, "All the World's a Stage," that he said to himself: "With all my Actors Studio training, I'll correct this character by using my own experiences and drawing from myself."

    The result was a well-rounded character that appealed to audiences, especially with his drawling, "Mis-ter Dil-lon."

    At the end of seven hit seasons, Weaver sought other horizons. He announced his departure, but the failures of pilots for his own series caused him to return to "Gunsmoke" on a limited basis for two more years. The role brought him an Emmy in the 1958-59 season.

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    R.I.P. Weaver was always good. I remember him starring in "Duel," a TV movie made in the early 1970s by a young director by the name of Steven Spielsberg.
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    The other day when I saw an online headline that mentioned an actor who had played a deputy had died, I immediately thought of Dennis Weaver instead of Don Knotts for some reason. Now another favorite is gone.
    teach tolerance.

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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron
    R.I.P. Weaver was always good. I remember him starring in "Duel," a TV movie made in the early 1970s by a young director by the name of Steven Spielsberg.
    that was one nasty, possessed truck.
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    Dennis Weaver is one of my favorites... I absolutely loved McCloud and watched it on WGN up until recently, when they discontinued showing it with any frequency.

    He's been in a lot of TV movies that I liked as well. Last year he played the grandpa on Wildfire... I wondered why the character is no longer on the show this year; now I know.

    You will be missed, Mr. Weaver.
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    Man another one gone. I really liked him as McCloud. I saw Duel not that long ago and he was very good in that off beat movie.
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron
    R.I.P. Weaver was always good. I remember him starring in "Duel," a TV movie made in the early 1970s by a young director by the name of Steven Spielsberg.
    That director later changed his name to Steven Spielberg
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    Quote Originally Posted by IowaRed
    That director later changed his name to Steven Spielberg
    I never claimed to be a good typist
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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    I met Dennis Weaver many times in the mid to late '80's when he would visit our office. The company I worked for at the time was pretty socially active and Dennis Weaver and Valarie Harper spent a lot of time there on behalf of L.I.F.E. (Love Is Feeding Everyone). Dennis was very likeable and always seemed to be smiling. He was also very committed and was one of the few people I've met that not only championed a cause but lived it. He was a good man and I'm not sure anyone can say anything more complimentary about someone. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

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    Re: Dennis Weaver of TV/movies dies at 81

    another actor i greatly respected.
    first think i thought of when i heard he died was his roll as the off-beat hotel clerk in A Touch of Evil, then his magnificent roll in Duel
    then, of course, there was McCloud.
    Dennis, you will be missed.


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