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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 June 1924Joplin, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 24 February 2006Ridgway, Colorado, USA  (complications from cancer)
Birth NameWilliam Dennis Weaver
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dennis Weaver was born on June 4, 1924 in Joplin, Missouri, USA as William Dennis Weaver. He was an actor and director, known for Gunsmoke (1955), Duel (1971) and Gentle Ben (1967). He was married to Geraldine Stowell. He died on February 24, 2006 in Ridgway, Colorado, USA.

Spouse (1)

Geraldine Stowell (20 October 1945 - 24 February 2006) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (25)

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-CDT.
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.
(1973-1975) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Had three grandchildren: Jennifer Weaver, Travis Weaver and Jesse Weaver.
Vegetarian.
Was a committed environmentalist; Weaver's home near Santa Fe, NM, is constructed almost entirely out of recycled materials.
Father of actor Robby Weaver, actor/producer/director Rick Weaver and Rusty Weaver.
Lost a daughter-in-law, Lynne Ann Weaver (who was married to his son, Robby Weaver), to a July 2003 Santa Monica, California, car accident that killed more than eight 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.
Almost didn't get the part of "Chester Goode" on Gunsmoke (1955) 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 $60 a week delivering flowers when he was offered $300 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 $9,000 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).
Built an Earthship environmental home in Ridgway, Colorado.
He was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party and a vocal opponent of the Iraq war.
Good friend of Robert Brubaker. Their sons went to school together.
Signed to a contract at Universal in 1952.
In 1948, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Fine Arts and Theater.
He was of part-American Indian background, being a 'registered Cherokee', as well as Osage.
Served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Introducing movies on the Encore Westerns channel. Telling a little about the films before they are shown.

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