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Fritz Weaver (1926 - 2016)

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Fritz Weaver (1926 - 2016)

Fritz Weaver, a stage, film, and television actor whose credits include the TV miniseries "Holocaust," died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in New York, New York, according to multiple news sources. Weaver was 90.

Weaver's earliest acting roles were on TV during the 1950s. He appeared on "The Twilight Zone," both in the original series and the 1985 reboot, and he played characters on "Dr. Kildare," "Mission: Impossible," "Rawhide," and "The Big Valley." Fans of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" may remember Weaver's role in "Tribunal," an episode of the show.


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In the 1970s, Weaver acted in the made-for-TV movies "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" and "Holocaust," receiving an Emmy Award nomination for the latter.

Although he was a frequent character actor on TV, Weaver showed theatrical talent as well. He won a Tony Award for the 1970 Broadway play "Child's Play." He received a second Tony nomination for "The Chalk Garden." His theater credits also include "Baker Street," "Love Letters," and "The Crucible."

Of the musical "Baker Street," Weaver likened playing a singing detective Sherlock Holmes to "speak-singing, like Rex Harrison. It was sharp, cunning stuff."

His survivors include his second wife, the actress Rochelle Oliver; a daughter, Lydia Weaver; a son, Anthony Weaver; and a grandson. A sister, art director Mary Dodson, died earlier in 2016.

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