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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 March 1961Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameSteven Robert Weber
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

This Queens-born actor has certainly proven himself adept at everything from quirky comedy to flat-out melodrama. Born on March 4, 1961, to a Borscht Belt comic and a nightclub singer, Weber was already appearing in TV commercials by elementary school age. He later studied at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York and graduated from New York State University. The fair-haired, fair-skinned actor worked a series of menial jobs during his salad days as a struggling thespian (custodian, elevator operator, singing waiter) until earning his break on TV in a presentation of one of Mark Twain's stories. Quickly making his film debut in the popular comedy The Flamingo Kid (1984), he nabbed a running role on the soap opera As the World Turns (1956) a year later. On the set he met first wife Finn Carter, another co-star on the daytime drama. Steven stayed put for a year then went on to gain recognition in more offbeat and/or prestigious productions on film and primetime TV. He played a rock star in the thoroughly offbeat foreign-made film Los ángeles (1990) and showed real command as John F. Kennedy in the epic miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990).

That same year TV stardom came his way with the sitcom Wings (1990). Co-starring with Tim Daly as Brian Hackett, the looser, goofier more aimless half of the brotherly team who co-owned a one-plane, Nantucket-based airline, the actors' chemistry, not to mention a terrifically eclectic supporting cast, kept the show on a steady course for seven seasons. Easily typed now as a genial, lovable loser type, Weber faced the prospect of severe pigeon-holing. So during the show's off season, he started showing up in more serious roles. He suffered at the hands of the deranged Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female (1992); appeared in a second chiller with The Temp (1993); and made a cameo in the highly depressing, award-winning Leaving Las Vegas (1995). He truly impressed both critics and audiences alike as the complex title character in Jeffrey (1995), a gay romantic film comedy, and then completely defied all odds by starring in an epic TV-movie version of Stephen King's horror classic The Shining (1997), seizing the role inherited from Jack Nicholson and brilliantly making it his own while earning a Saturn award for his chilling efforts.

By the time "Wings" came to an end in 1997, Weber had divorced wife Finn (they had no children) and married actress/TV executive Juliette Hohnen. The couple married on July 9, 1995 and have since had two children, Jack and Alfie. Since then Steven has remained quite productive. He and Laura Linney were selected to play the TV-movie leads in the popular A.R. Gurney theater piece Love Letters (1999). While other TV series comebacks have fared less well, including the short runs of The Weber Show (2000) and The D.A. (2004), Steven bounced back in other venues. In 2002, he joined the cast of the smash Broadway musical "The Producers," taking over the nebbish Matthew Broderick role. In 2004, he went to London to appear on stage with Kevin Spacey and Mary Stuart Masterson in "National Anthems." Other plays over the years have included "Throwing Your Voice," "Something in the Air" and "Design for Living." In addition to giving voice occasionally to a few animated film and TV characters, he returned fruitfully to Stephen King territory in 2006 with two major TV projects.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Juliette Hohnen (9 July 1995 - present) (filed for divorce) (2 children)
Finn Carter (14 November 1985 - 1 September 1994) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Graduate of the prestigious State University of New York, Purchase. Other SUNY Purchase
Son Alfie James born on February 25, 2003.
Wife Juliette Hohnen is an interior decorator and a former L.A. Bureau chief for MTV.
Met ex-wife Finn Carter on the set of the soap As the World Turns (1956).
Mom was a nightclub singer; Dad was a manager of Borscht Belt comedians.
Began acting in commercials in the third grade.
First child, Jack Alexander Hohnen-Weber, was born on 15 January 2001, weighing 7lbs 1oz
In May 2007 he sold his 1,400-square-foot home on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., for $3,820,000. He originally paid $2,849,000 for the house in April 2006.
Owns a six-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot house on 2.57 acres in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood. He purchased the house in late 2003 for an undisclosed amount.
Ex-son-in-law of Hodding Carter.
Williamstown, MA, USA: Appearing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the play "Three Hotels", costarring Maura Tierney. [June 2011]
In the "Wings" episode "Terminal Jealousy" (1993), Steven Weber dons a pair of dark sunglasses and does a Jack Nicholson impression at the end of the episode. Weber would go on to play Jack Torrance in the 1997 TV version of "The Shining", an iconic role originally associated with Nicholson in the 1980 movie adaptation.

Personal Quotes (31)

I can't do anything else. I can't type or run a computer, and I've been fired from jobs as a custodian, waiter, and elevator operator. Acting has always been my passion. - 1990
Anyone who thinks they stand apart from society and defies all which govern its existence has less in common with the lone wolf patriot standing up to dystopic forces of oppression - a myth - and more in common with the disease known as cancer - a harsh reality.
The flaw in, say, austerity, is that its success is predicated on the relative exactitude of math rather than the shifting, liquid imperfection of people's lives.
The irony is that the people we tend to vote for actually look down on voters and voting. That's just idiotic, right? That's like a snake eating its own tail! A wolf in a trap gnawing off its own head to escape!
If you have to lie, cheat, steal, obstruct and bully to get your point across, it must not be a point capable of surviving on its own merits.
In the corporate-owned media, men dressed like Ronald Reagan and women dressed like Rita Hayworth disseminate grotesque exaggerations and gossip in authoritative tones.
I've rarely gotten a good review in my life, yet, to paraphrase Noël Coward, I am happy to console myself with the bitter palliative of commercial success.
A nation is not a budget, no matter how much ideologues want it to be so.
The spectacle of insensitivity that is the gun lobby and its outspoken, out-of-their-mind apparatchiks, is the apotheosis of what the Republican Party has allowed itself to become.
We have as a nation been duped by those who use our guilt about how we treated the innocent pawns in the Vietnam War game - the soldiers - into missing the point once again about the utter senselessness that is war.
If only Coca-Cola had had the kind of message to accompany its addictive deliciousness that Fox News has, we'd all be speaking Cokelish today.
A culture cannot lie down with dogs and not become utterly infested with fleas. The dogs, in this case, are the mongrel media and the corporate overlords who have grown fat on manufactured controversy and fear mongering.
What's hard, it seems, is living up to the words spoken by Jesus Christ, who preached naught but love and mercy and justice and humility.
The guard rails on a highway may restrict some folks from driving the way they want, but those rules mostly end up saving the lives of those other drivers who understand that living in a society means behaving in a commonly beneficial way.
No matter what your political persuasion, you can find a guide that makes it quick, easy and painless to exercise your right to vote. Wanna know what a certain proposition put forth by a cadre of undisclosed billionaires which cuts funding for public education, arts and infrastructure means? Use the voting guide!
I know it's sappy, but I bet there's a market for civility and niceness out there that, while probably not as titillating as a junkyard scrap between shirtless adversaries, it'd sure be healthier.
Social media has created a legion of social delinquents, billions of people speaking not their minds but their spleens, venting everything from the gum-cracking snark befitting a hair-twisting mall rat to the froth-flecked rage of a bell tower marksman.
Right-wing extremism is all about patience. That is, until it makes its move, and then it is sudden and explosive.
We fight wars from progressively great heights and distances, the blessings of technology steadily removing the personal human element from what was historically an extremely personal experience.
Fantasy-based ideologies invariably have neat happy endings where all the bad people and all the bad behavior goes away when the volume is turned up and enough force is applied.
I tend to be very relaxed on stage, but the nerves have to come out somehow.
The GOP/corporate right-wing, it seems, never really considers the consequences of their actions.
Everything sells. Like integrity. Like democracy. Like truth. Like deeds.
From the moment America went full-on industrial, it seems like it's been a steady path towards people never having to be physically present in order to satisfy their needs.
The fact is, presidential politics has become a game of inches.
The right-wing just loves making a big entrance.
The element which is conveniently missing from today's Republican Party is the human one. People's hopes and realities become numbers and words, devoid of personality and easy to erase.
What's hard, it seems, is living up to the expectations. Democracy imposes upon those who would participate in society.
I've been a fan of the Marvel Universe since I was a little child.
My experience tells me that any time you hear people laughing on a sitcom, it's the writers who happen to be closest to the microphones - not the audience.
It's easy to break things. Much, much easier, it seems, than building them.

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