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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 December 1908Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 15 March 2002Santa Barbara, California, USA
Birth NameSylvester Laflin Weaver Jr.
Nickname Pat

Mini Bio (1)

No one in the broadcast television industry -- in the U.S. or abroad -- will doubt for an instant that Sylvester (Pat) Weaver has been its foremost creative force. He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Elenor Isabel (Dixon) and Sylvester Laflin Weaver. From commercial television's nascent days at the end of the 1940s, Weaver virtually pioneered the very concepts of morning TV and late-night TV. Aside from those formats, he championed only excellence in television programming. It was by his wisdom that early TV escaped from the captivity of the rules of radio and would soon blossom into the medium that it has become.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Inglis (23 January 1942 - 15 March 2002) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

Graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.
His father was a roofing manufacturer in LA.
Served in the Navy in WWII.
President and Chairman of National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from 1949 to 1956; in such a capacity, he created and/or presided over the birth of such shows as Today (1952), Tonight! (1953), and the radio series "Monitor" which ran from 1955 to 1975.
Creator of Today (1952) and Tonight! (1953).
Weaver worked at NBC from 1949, when there were only 2 million TV sets in the country, until 1956, when he resigned as chairman of the board.
When Weaver first joined NBC, TV was run on the radio model. Sponsors owned shows, controlled their content and sometimes even dictated when they aired. Weaver's ideas took away some of that control. He had the network produce its own shows and then sell commercial time to several advertisers, helping fund the medium. For his contributions, he received two Emmy awards and was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1985.
Father of Trajan Weaver and Sigourney Weaver
On the 1947 Spike Jones record "William Tell Overture," narrator Doodles Weaver names one of the race horses "Flying Sylvester" - an inside joke referring to Sylvester, who is his brother.
Father-in-law of Jim Simpson.
Grandfather of Charlotte Simpson.
Son of Sylvester Laflin Weaver and wife Annabel Dixon.
Older brother of Doodles Weaver.

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