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Jeffrey Weissman

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Jeffrey Weissman
Jeffrey Weissman as Mark Twain in 2015
Born (1958-10-02) October 2, 1958 (age 65)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Years active1974–present[1]
  • Kim Ray
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(m. 2004)

Jeffrey Weissman (born October 2, 1958) is an American actor. He has appeared in dozens of motion pictures and TV shows, most notably as George McFly in Back to the Future Part II and III and as Teddy Conway in Pale Rider. He has guest starred spots on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, Dallas, The Man Show, and with Dick Van Dyke on Diagnosis: Murder and as Screech's Guru on Saved by the Bell.

Weissman is a teacher of commedia dell'arte and film technique, with students including both professionals and newcomers to the arts. He also teaches acting for film, directing, writing and improv at San Francisco School of Digital Film Making.


Jeffrey Weissman trained in acting and performance at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco State University, UCLA and Santa Monica City College.[citation needed] His comedic experience includes work with The Second City alumni, Los Angeles Theater Sports, Andy Goldberg and Bill Hudnutt Sitcom Workshops, (formerly Harvey Lembeck). He also trained at Berkeley Rep. in the "Finding the Inner Imp" with Ron Campbell and participated in acting workshops with Peter Flood, Jackie Benton, and Magic Theater Gym. He has trained in dance, movement, storytelling workshops with the Voice of Men In Motion. He also trained under Jackie Benton, Peter Flood, and Bill Hudnut, and was a Varsity Player with Los Angeles Theatersports.


Jeffrey Weissman has worked in commercials, television shows, and feature films, and is probably best known for his portrayal of the role of George McFly in the two Back to the Future sequels, taking over the role from Crispin Glover, who declined to return from the first film. For the role, Weissman wore extremely heavy makeup to have him resemble Glover,[3] and most of his scenes were shot with him either upside down or in the background. Glover eventually sued the producers for using his likeness without his permission.[4]

He has appeared in roles in feature films including Pale Rider and Twilight Zone: The Movie. He has also made guest appearances on television shows such as Saved by the Bell, The Man Show, Dallas, Max Headroom, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Chip and Pepper's Cartoon Spectacular, and Divorce Court. His commercial credits include an interactive television commercial for Ameritech and a Christmas commercial for the grocery chain Publix.

Jeffrey has performed ADR and looping on dozens of projects; Heathers, Loverboy, The Best Times, Crime of Innocence, Pale Rider, Hot Resort, and others.[citation needed]

He has directed for Universal Studios in Japan,[citation needed] and he was artistic director of the ‘Flying Penguins’ improv comedy group, (helping to form the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Theater Sports, now in its 18th year).[citation needed] He has recently been teaching theater games to training teachers at Dominican College, commedia dell'arte & "The Business of Acting" at Sonoma State University, as well as "Kidprov" & "Teenprov" workshops & shows at various libraries in Marin County and South San Francisco.[citation needed]


Feature films[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


  • 1994 The Stand
  • 2000 The '70s

Short films[edit]

  • 1996 He's Dead, But He Won't Lie Down
  • 1997 Garbage
  • 1998 god@heaven
  • 2003 Touched
  • 2007 Edible as Father
  • 2008 We Missed You, Pete
  • 2011 Kosher


  • 1998 Tallulah (Hollywood)
  • 2004 Tony Kushner's The Illusion (Cinnabar Theater)
  • 2005 Mellisa Gibson's "[sic]" (6th St. Playhouse/Sonoma Actor's Theatre)
  • 2005 Wm. Shakespeare's "12th Night"
  • 2006 Tease-O-Rama Baggy Trouser Blackout Comedy, at Bimbo's 365 Club
  • 2006 Just For Laughs (SF Fringe Festival)
  • 2007 Just For Laughs (fundraiser establishing a Theater Department Schoarship at OSU)
  • 2008 Just


  1. ^ https://www.backtothefuture.com/cast/jeffrey-weissman
  2. ^ "Personal". www.jeffreyweissman.com.
  3. ^ Cotter, Padraig (2020-06-26). "Who Played George McFly In Back To The Future 2 (Not Crispin Glover)". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2024-02-22.
  4. ^ "When Crispin Glover Was Replaced by a Lookalike in 'Back to the Future II'". Mental Floss. 2023-11-16. Retrieved 2024-02-22.

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