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Dick Wesson (I) (1922–1996)

One of the most recognisable character actors of the 1950s, Boston Massachusetts-born Dick Wesson began his career with his older brother, Gene Wesson, in a comedy act that made the rounds of the nightclub circuit. He made his film debut in the sci-fi classic Destination Moon (1950), and spent his career specializing in playing the rambunctious, ... See full bio »

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 1982 Barney Miller (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Tontine (1982) ... (story)
 1974 These Are the Days (TV Series) (1974)
 1974 Maude (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Love Birds (1974) ... (written by)
 1973 Butch Cassidy (TV Series) (story)
 1973 Goober and the Ghost Chasers (TV Series) (story - 1973)
  The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series) (writer - 50 episodes, 1968 - 1971) (written by - 10 episodes, 1963 - 1970) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1969)
- Jethro Returns (1971) ... (writer)
- Love Finds Jane Hathaway (1971) ... (writer)
- Elly, the Secretary (1971) ... (writer)
- Elly, the Working Girl (1971) ... (writer)
 1969 Change of Mind (original screenplay - as Richard Wesson)
  Petticoat Junction (TV Series) (written by - 6 episodes, 1963 - 1964) (story - 2 episodes, 1963 - 1966) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1963)
- The Young Matchmakers (1966) ... (story)
- Bedloe and Son (1964) ... (written by)
- Kate and the Dowager (1964) ... (written by)
- Kate and the Manpower Problem (1964) ... (written by)
- The Talent Contest (1964) ... (written by)
 1961 The Hathaways (TV Series) (teleplay and story - 1 episode)
- Love They Neighbor (1961) ... (teleplay and story)
 1960-1961 My Sister Eileen (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- The Protectors (1961) ... (writer)
- Separate Ways (1961) ... (writer)
- Ruth's Fella (1961) ... (writer)
- Aunt Harriet's Way (1961) ... (writer)
- Ruth Becomes a Waitress (1960) ... (writer)
  Dennis the Menace (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Dennis Becomes a Baby Sitter (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Secret World of Kids (1959) ... (writer)
  The Real McCoys (TV Series) (1 episode, 1959) (written by - 1 episode, 1957)
- The Fishing Contest (1957) ... (written by)
  The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series) (5 episodes, 1957 - 1959) (written by - 27 episodes, 1957 - 1959) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959)
- Bob Gets Hypnotized (1959) ... (written by)
- Bob and the Pediatrician (1959) ... (writer)
- Bob Seeks a Wife (1959) ... (writer)
- Bob Meets Mamie Van Doren (1959) ... (written by)
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Other Works:

He co-wrote and directed the screenplay for an unsold sitcom pilot called "The Donald O'Connor Show", where Donald O'Connor played a scientist who worked with ferocious-looking, but tame, animals like "Fluffy the Lion".

Alternate Names:

Richard Earl Wesson | Richard Wesson
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Trivia:

Often mistakenly credited with being Dick Wesson, the announcer for the Walt Disney film trailers and television shows, beginning in the 1950s. See more »

Trademark:

Often portrayed wimpy, cowardly characters onscreen. Was nearly always used as the comic relief in musical films such as Calamity Jane (1953) and the 1953 version of The Desert Song (1953).

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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