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Fritz William Weaver (January 19, 1926 − November 26, 2016) was an American actor in television, stage, and motion pictures. In cinema, he is best recognized from his debut film Fail Safe (1964), as well as Marathon Man (1976), Creepshow
Creepshow
(1982) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). Among many television roles, he performed in two seminal projects: the movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
(1975) and the mini-series Holocaust (1978), for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award. He was further known for his work in science fiction and fantasy, especially in television series and movies like The Twilight Zone, 'Way Out, Night Gallery, The X-Files, The Martian Chronicles and Demon Seed, and also narrated educational TV programs.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life and death 4 Select filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Weaver was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1926,[1] the son of Elsa W. (née Stringaro) Weaver and John Carson Weaver.[2] His mother was of Italian descent and his father was a social worker from Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
with deep American roots.[3] His younger sister was art director Mary Dodson.[4] Weaver attended the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School[5] at the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
as a child, followed by Peabody High School. He served in Civilian Public Service
Civilian Public Service
as a conscientious objector during World War II. Career[edit]

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Following the war, Weaver worked at various jobs before turning to acting in the early 1950s. His first acting role for television came in 1956 for an episode of The United States Steel Hour. Weaver continued to act in television during the next four decades. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
(1975) and Holocaust (1978), earning an Emmy
Emmy
nomination for the latter; the award went to his co-star Michael Moriarty. Weaver won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance for the Broadway play Child's Play (1970). His other Broadway credits included The Chalk Garden
The Chalk Garden
(Tony nomination and Theatre World Award win), All American, Baker Street, Absurd Person Singular, Love Letters, and The Crucible. He appeared in the off-Broadway play Burnt Piano for the HB Playwrights Theatre, and with Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
in a television adaptation of Norman Corwin's play The World of Carl Sandburg. Weaver also acted in motion pictures, generally as a supporting player. He appeared in such movies as Fail-Safe (1964; as a jingoist and increasingly unstable U.S. Air Force colonel, ashamed of his foreign-born and alcoholic parents, whom he refers to as "those people"), Marathon Man (1976; as a professor advising the protagonist, a graduate student), Black Sunday (1977; as the lead FBI agent in an anti-terrorism effort) and Creepshow
Creepshow
(1982); as a scientist who discovers a monster in a crate, and John McTiernan's remake of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). He also had roles in The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Demon Seed
Demon Seed
(1977), The Big Fix (1978), and Sidney Lumet's Power (1986). Beginning in 1995, Weaver worked primarily as a voice actor, providing narration for programs on the History Channel. After making his third guest appearance on Law & Order in 2005,[6] Weaver made a "secret decision to retire".[7] In 2010, Weaver was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[8] Shortly thereafter, he came out of retirement to make an uncredited cameo in This Must Be the Place (2011), voicing the deceased father of Sean Penn's protagonist. He went on to give prominent supporting performances in the Emmy-nominated television film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
(2013) and the theatrically-released We'll Never Have Paris
We'll Never Have Paris
(2014), The Cobbler (2014) and The Congressman (2016). Personal life and death[edit] Weaver married, secondly, to actress Rochelle Oliver in 1997. His first marriage had ended in divorce. He died at his home in Manhattan on November 26, 2016.[1] He was survived by his wife, his daughter Lydia Weaver, his son Anthony, and a grandson. His sister, art director Mary Dodson, had died some nine months prior.[1] Select filmography[edit] Film[edit]

To Trap a Spy
To Trap a Spy
(1964) - Andrew Vulcan (archive footage) Fail Safe (1964) - Colonel Cascio The Borgia Stick (1967) - Anderson The Maltese Bippy
The Maltese Bippy
(1969) - Mischa Ravenswood A Walk in the Spring Rain
A Walk in the Spring Rain
(1970) - Roger Meredith The Day of the Dolphin
The Day of the Dolphin
(1973) - Harold DeMilo The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
(1975) - Andrew Borden Marathon Man (1976) - Professor Biesenthal Black Sunday (1977) - Corley Demon Seed
Demon Seed
(1977) - Alex Harris Captains Courageous (1977) - Harvey Cheyne Sr. The Big Fix (1978) - Oscar Procari Sr. Martian Chronicles
Martian Chronicles
(1980) - Father Peregrine Nightkill
Nightkill
(1980) - Herbert Childs Jaws of Satan (1981) - Father Tom Farrow Creepshow
Creepshow
(1982) - Dexter Stanley (segment "The Crate") Power (1986) - Wallace Furman The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) - John Reynolds This Must Be the Place (2011) - Cheyenne's Father (voice) Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
(2013) - Hugo Black We'll Never Have Paris
We'll Never Have Paris
(2014) - Phillipe The Cobbler (2014) - Mr. Solomon The Congressman (2016) - Harlan Lantier (final film role)

Television[edit]

Beyond This Place (1957) - Charlie Castle 'Way Out
'Way Out
(1961, Episode: "William and Mary") - Dr. Landy The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
(original series) (1961, Episodes: "Third from the Sun", "The Obsolete Man") - Chancellor The Asphalt Jungle (1961) - Victor Vanda Dr. Kildare (1963) - Arthur Hobler The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(1964) - Andrew Vulcan Twelve O'Clock High (1964) - Col. Peter Raff Rawhide (1964) - Jonathan Damon The Fugitive (1966) - Joe Tucker Combat!
Combat!
(1966) - Major Chaplain Ernest Miller Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
(1967) - Marshal Burl Masters The Invaders
The Invaders
(1967, Episode 30 “The Captive”) - Deputy Ambassador Peter Borke The Big Valley
The Big Valley
(1967-1969) - Hebron Grant / Burke Jordan Night Gallery
Night Gallery
(1971) - Dr. Mazi (segment "A Question of Fear") Mission: Impossible (1966-1971) - George Berlinger / Emil Skarbeck / Erik Hagar / Imre Rogosh Mannix (1968-1973) - William Avery / Dr. Cameron McKenzie Kung Fu (1974) - Hillquist The New Land (1974, Episode: "The Word is: Giving" - unaired) The Streets Of San Francisco
The Streets Of San Francisco
(1975) - Ted Whitlock Wonder Woman (1977) - Dr. Solano Holocaust (1978) - Dr. Josef Weiss Hawaii Five-O (1979) - Dr. Harvey Danworth The Martian Chronicles
Martian Chronicles
(1980) - Father Peregrine Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
(1980) - Captain J. Cooly, USN Don't Eat the Pictures
Don't Eat the Pictures
(1983) - Osiris Tales from the Darkside
Tales from the Darkside
(Episodes: Comet Watch (1986), Inside the Closet (1984)) - Sir Edmund Halley / Dr. Fenner Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
(1984-1986) - Paris Inspector Hugues Panassié / Edwin Dupont / Judge Lambert The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
(1985 revival) (1985, Episode: "The Star") - Father Matthew Karsighan (segment "The Star") Dream West
Dream West
(1986) - Sen. Thomas Hart Benton I'll Take Manhattan
Manhattan
(1987) - Mr. Amberville Friday the 13th: The Series, (1989, in the two-part episode of the third season opener named "The Prophecies") - Asteroth Matlock (1989) - Pastor James Hubert Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994, in the episode "Tribunal") - Kovat The X-Files
The X-Files
(1996) - Senator Albert Sorenson Frasier
Frasier
(1998) - Sir Trevor Ainsley Law & Order (1991-2005) - Nathan Fogg / Larry Weber / Philip Woodleigh

References[edit]

^ a b c "Fritz Weaver, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 90". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. November 27, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.  ^ " Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
Biography". Film Reference Library. Toronto. 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.  ^ Jones, Chris (April 22, 2004). " Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
tackles a 'Trying' role in Chicago". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. Chicago: Tronc
Tronc
Inc.  ^ Barnes, Mike (February 21, 2016). "Mary Weaver Dodson, Art Director on 'Murder, She Wrote,' Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter. United States: Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2016.  ^ "Feature - Pitt Magazine - University of Pittsburgh". Retrieved 28 November 2016.  ^ Law & Order-Season 15-Episode 20-Tombstone ^ On the Fritz ^ "Theater Hall of Fame Ceremony, Honoring Linda Lavin, Brian Dennehy, Michael Blakemore, Presented Jan. 24". Playbill. New York City: TotalTheater. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 48205004 LCCN: n85183861 ISNI: 0000 0000 8380 408X GND: 134771753 BNF: cb14238208x (data) SN

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