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Monday, February 27, 2006

Dennis Weaver, 81

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Dennis Weaver, the gimpy, slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died, his publicist said Monday. The actor was 81.

Weaver died of complications from cancer on Feb. 24 at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, publicist Julian Myers said.

A struggling actor in Hollywood in 1955, Weaver was earning $60 a week delivering flowers when he was offered $300 a week for a role in a new CBS television series, "Gunsmoke." He learned that another actor had turned down the same role at $400 a week. Weaver summoned his courage and asked for and got $400. By the end of his nine years with "Gunsmoke," he was earning $9,000 a week.

When Weaver first auditioned for the series, he found the character of Chester "inane." He wrote in his 2001 autobiography, "All the World's a Stage," that he said to himself: "With all my Actors Studio training, I'll correct this character by using my own experiences and drawing from myself."

The result was a well-rounded character that appealed to audiences, especially with his drawling, "Mis-ter Dil-lon."

At the end of seven hit seasons, Weaver sought other horizons. He announced his departure, but the failures of pilots for his own series caused him to return to "Gunsmoke" on a limited basis for two more years. The role brought him an Emmy in the 1958-59 season.

5 Comments:

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

What's with all the obits?

February 27, 2006 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with Ubray, what's the deal with obits? What do they have to do with L.A. Politics?
Now when an L.A. Pol dies, then i think it's cool to post a thread. Slow news, or is MS running out of content to us to talk about? I think it's the latter. And please stop Mailander from starting threads.

February 27, 2006 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

sorry roderick, I like mayor sam's obits, always bustin mailander too?

February 27, 2006 12:44 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

And please stop Mailander from starting threads.

If you think I'm boring and obits are a bore too, just click around. And if you've got something interesting, email...

joseph.mailander@gmail.com

February 27, 2006 3:45 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

All this stuff is fluff until Antonio announces his bid for Governor, then this board will be active again.

(Crickets Chirping)

February 28, 2006 10:37 AM  

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