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Fritz Weaver
Born Fritz William Weaver
January 19, 1926 (1926-01-19) (age 83)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Voice actor
Years active 1956–present
Spouse(s) Rochelle Oliver (1997-present)
Sylvia Short (1953-1979)

Fritz William Weaver (born January 19, 1926) is an American actor and voice actor.

Life and career

Weaver was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Elsa W. (née Stringaro) and John Carson Weaver.[1] His mother was of Italian descent and his father was a social worker from Pittsburgh.[2] Weaver attended Peabody High School. He served in Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, breaking into acting in the early 1950s. His first television role came in 1956 on an episode of The United States Steel Hour. He would continue to appear on television during the next four decades, appearing on such shows as The Twilight Zone (in episodes "Third from the Sun" and "The Obsolete Man"), Beyond This Place, Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Rawhide, Mission: Impossible, Combat!, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I., Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Law & Order, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the episode "Tribunal"), The X-Files, and Frasier. Weaver also starred in the TV movies Holocaust (1978), and The Legend of Lizzie Borden..

Weaver won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance for Child's Play (1970). Additional Broadway theatre credits include The Chalk Garden (Tony nomination and Theatre World Award win), All American, Baker Street, Absurd Person Singular, Love Letters, and The Crucible. He appeared Off-Broadway in Burnt Piano for HB Playwrights Theatre.

He has appeared in many films, generally as a supporting actor. Of these, the most well-known are probably Marathon Man, Black Sunday and Creepshow, and the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Other notable movies include Power (1986), Demon Seed (1977), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), and Fail-Safe (1964).

Since 1995, Weaver has worked primarily as a voice actor, providing narration for programs on the History Channel. Weaver is twice married. He was married to Sylvia Short from 1953-1979. He is currently married to Rochelle Oliver. He has two children from his first marriage named Lydia and Anthony. Emmy-nominated art director Mary Weaver Dodson is his sister. His son is the science-fiction and horror novelist Fritz Weaver.


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