Actor. A highly versatile performer, he distinguished himself on stage, in films and on television. Born Fritz William Weaver, his father was a social worker, his mother was of Italian descent, he (Fritz) was raised in a Quaker home. During World War II, he was a conscientious objector with the Civil Service. He studied Physics at the University of Chicago and once bitten by the acting bug, he was trained at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. He made his professional debut in the off-Broadway play "The Way of the World" (1954) and followed this with the Broadway production of the comedy "The Chalk Garden" (1956). For the later, he was the recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Artist in a Play, as well as a Theatre World Award. He broke into television in 1957, with an episode from the series "Studio One in Hollywood" and would go on to appear in such classic programs as "The Twilight Zone," "Dr. Kildare," "The Big Valley," "Mission: Impossible" and "Barnaby Jones," in addition to many others. He produced a stirring performance as 'Dr. Josef Weiss' in the TV-Mini series "Holocaust," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. He made his motion picture debut in the tension-filled, doomsday drama "Fail-Safe" (1964) and experienced memorable character roles in such films as "The Day of the Dolphin" (1973), "The Marathon Man" (1976), "Black Sunday" (1977), "Demon Seed" (1977, co-starring role) and "Creepshow" (1982). Even with his accomplished career on the big and small screen, Weaver achieved his greatest success on Broadway and had further memorable roles in "Child's Play" (1970), which earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and "The Price" (1980), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. During the course of his career, he interpreted the works of such literary greats as Eugene O'Neill and William Shakespeare.
Bio by: C.S.