Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Trade Mark (1) | Trivia (3)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 November 1922Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 25 April 1996Rancho Mirage, California, USA  (aortic aneurysm)
Birth NameRichard Earl Wessell

Mini Bio (1)

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, wisecracking smart alec, often in westerns and war films, easily recognizable by his big smile, crew-cut and amazing comedic timing. In addition to his film appearances, his extensive TV credits included The Bob Cummings Show (1955), Make Room for Daddy (1953) (aka The Danny Thomas Show), Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974) (aka The Paul Sand Show), The People's Choice (1955), just to name a few. In the 60s, his comedic talents took him to directing and producing in such shows as The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Petticoat Junction (1963).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: dickwesson@gmail.com (Eileen Wesson - daughter)

Trade Mark (1)

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).

Trivia (3)

With older brother Gene Wesson, performed as "Wesson Brothers" comedy team.
Often mistakenly credited with being Dick Wesson, the announcer for the Walt Disney film trailers and television shows, beginning in the 1950s.
Father of actress Eileen Wesson.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page