Born in Chicago, Weege left Illinois to pursue a Hollywood career in 1976 after he was fired from his job as a suburban newspaper reporter, according to THR. He was eventually hired as a staff writer for Barney Miller, and left the show in 1984 to create Night Court.
Night Court ran from 1984 to 1992. Weege, who was known as "Reiny" on set, retired from the show after six seasons, having received several Emmy and Writers Guild Association award nominations.
Weege is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter and his ex-wife, Shelly Pierce.