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Weaver at the Miami Book Fair International, 1987
|Born||Fritz William Weaver
January 19, 1926
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor & Voice actor|
Fritz William Weaver (born January 19, 1926) is an American stage and screen actor. Weaver has a long and wide variety of performances in television, stage, and motion picture acting and is well known for his roles in two seminal television films, the mini-series Holocaust and the made-for-television movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden. He is also known for his work in science fiction and fantasy, especially in television series and movies like The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The X-Files, Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Demon Seed. Weaver continues to work as a narrator for educational TV programs.
Life and career
Weaver was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Elsa W. (née Stringaro) Weaver and John Carson Weaver. His mother was of Italian descent and his father was a social worker from Pittsburgh with deep American roots. Weaver attended the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh as a child, followed by Peabody High School. He served in Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II.
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. Weaver also appeared in the made-for-TV movies The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) and Holocaust (1978).earning Emmy nominations for both.
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 credits in Broadway theatre have included 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 in a television adaptation of Norman Corwin's play The World of Carl Sandburg
Weaver has also acted in motion pictures, generally as a supporting player. He has appeared in such movies as Fail-Safe (1964), Marathon Man, Black Sunday and Creepshow, and the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. He also had roles in Power (1986), Demon Seed (1977), and The Day of the Dolphin (1973). Since 1995, Weaver has worked primarily as a voice actor, providing narration for programs on the History Channel.
- The Twilight Zone (original series) (Episodes: "Third from the Sun", "The Obsolete Man")
- The Twilight Zone (1985 revival) (Episode: "The Star")
- Beyond This Place
- Dr. Kildare
- Don't Eat the Pictures as Osiris
- The Fugitive
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Big Valley
- Night Gallery
- The New Land (Episode: "The Word is: Giving" - unaired)
- Kung Fu
- Hawaii Five-O
- Wonder Woman
- Magnum, P.I.
- Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
- Murder, She Wrote
- Law & Order
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the episode "Tribunal")
- 12 O'Clock High
- The X-Files, Frasier
- Friday the 13th: The Series, (in the two-part episode of the third season opener named "The Prophecies")
- Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
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