Fast Facts

  • Served during World War II as a Navy pilot.
  • In 1948, placed sixth in the decathlon at the national tryouts for the Olympics.
  • First Broadway role was in Come Back, Little Sheba.
  • Found TV fame as good-natured, limping deputy Chester Goode on Gunsmoke in a role that earned him an Emmy in 1959.
  • Moved from second-in-command to lead law-enforcer as the title character in the 1970s drama McCloud, in which his character (a New Mexico lawman battling Manhattan criminals) was known for his down-home attitude, summed up in his famous catchphrase, "There ye go."
  • President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1973 to 1975.
  • Released several country-music albums.
  • Received the 1986 Presidential End Hunger Award for cofounding L.I.F.E. (Love Is Feeding Everyone), an organization that provided food to the hungry in L.A.
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Was an environmentalist who lived in a solar-powered Colorado home; in 1993, founded the Institute of Ecolonomics, dedicated to the mixing of ecology and economy.


  • 1959, Emmy — Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Nominee


  • Walter Weaver — Father
  • Lenna Weaver — Mother
  • Rick Weaver — Son
  • Gerry Stowell Weaver — Wife
  • Robby Weaver — Son
  • Rusty Weaver — Son


  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (BFA, 1948)

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  • Birth Name: William Dennis Weaver
  • Birth Place: Joplin, MO
  • Died: February 24, 2006
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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