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These things always happen in threes. Following the deaths of Don Knotts and Darren McGavin, we now farewell Dennis Weaver.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/28/2006 at 10:23 PM
    1. Yep, Chester is dead…rest in piece…Dennis.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 02 28 at 10:30 PM • permalink


    1. McCloud’s in the clouds.  RIP.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 02 28 at 10:36 PM • permalink


    1. God: “McCloud!”

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 02 28 at 10:40 PM • permalink


    1. Dennis Weaver was a greenie, but a sincerely decent bloke.  He was a “lets make less garbage” kind of greenie, and he actually lived that way.  Not a pontificating “the rest of you should pay more taxes because I feel guilty” or “I don’t care if they killed 100 million, they’re still nicer than Dick Cheney” kind of blowhard we have just rightly eviscerated in another thread.  I especially liked Weaver in the TV movie “Duel” where he battles a rogue tanker truck (yeah, yeah, road train, whatever).  Good man.  Wish we had more of him.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 02 28 at 10:51 PM • permalink


    1. Dick Van Dyke breathes easy… the rule of threes has spared him.

      In other news, does anyone realize that Art Linkletter is still alive?  That’s like reading that Chester Alan Arthur is still around and no one noticed it.

      Posted by Mike G on 2006 02 28 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. Awwww.  Seems like all the good ones are leaving us.

      I used to love McCloud.  A highly unlikely premise, but great fun.

      He will be missed.

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 02 28 at 11:03 PM • permalink


    1. Old joke:

      Mick Jagger is looking for a bathroom in the Playboy Mansion when he walks in on Hugh Hefner sodomizing Dennis Weaver.

      Mick shouts, “Hey Hugh, Get offa McCloud!”

      RIP to Knotts, McGavin, and Weaver.

      BTW #4, wasn’t “Duel” Speilberg’s first film? A school project that got greenlighted, I think.

      Posted by JDB on 2006 02 28 at 11:51 PM • permalink


    1. Chief?

      Man, I have such good memories of watching McCloud, McMillian and Wife, and Columbo as a kid.

      Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2006 02 28 at 11:59 PM • permalink


    1. IMDB says correct-amundo on the Speilberg thing JDB.
      Best McCloud line:  NYPD captain (passing out assignments),to McCloud:  “McCloud, your’e in charge of crowd control” “And (addresses another cop) you’re in charge of McCloud control”.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 03 01 at 12:19 AM • permalink


    1. Waal therrre y’go!

      What a great series, including an episode in Sydney where McLeod rode his horse over the Harbour Bridge in the wrong direction, due to a failure in continuity (well, who outside Australia would have noticed?).

      Posted by Rafe on 2006 03 01 at 03:39 AM • permalink


    1. The good die out. Amen. Goodbye.
      The bad live on George C looney traitor.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 03 01 at 03:48 AM • permalink


    1. Dennis Weaver’s greatest achievement was to usher into the world the remarkable to talents of Clint Howard in the 60s television program, Gentle Ben; the title character a grizzly bear incarnation of Flipper (or Skippy, on another continent). Clint underwent a butterflian metamorphous-in-reverse to begin as Dennis Weaver’s freckled cherub son to emerge the ugliest actor to ever carve out a career in mainstream cinema (and TV, especially in a movingly empathetic portrayal of a serial killer in Seinfeld). In terms of current political events, I can only say: Vaile Weaver, Hail Howard.

      Posted by Bruno on 2006 03 01 at 05:39 AM • permalink


    1. Vale, Dennis.

      One memorable line from his character as the limping deputy Chester in Gunsmoke:

      “Mister Dillon, Mister Dillon, there’s been a killin’…..”

      Good memories.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 03 01 at 06:51 AM • permalink


    1. I seem to recall an episode of McCloud where he was dispatched to Australia; hanging out at the bar, drinking beer, only informed later that beer in Australia was a good deal stronger than that in the U.S. Of course, someone at the hotel tried to kill him and he was utterly, reelingly drunk.

      Great stuff. Try doing THAT on the networks today and see where it gets you.

      Posted by Monroe Doctrine on 2006 03 01 at 09:53 AM • permalink


    1. My father was fond of imitating Chester’s bumpkin drawl.  I have no idea why.

      He was a great character actor, and a pretty decent person by all accounts.  We have too few of those.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 01 at 01:45 PM • permalink


    1. Married for 61 years and no accidents involving a pillow compressed over breathing orifi.  Very impressive.

      Posted by Donnah on 2006 03 01 at 06:01 PM • permalink


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