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And yet another fairly well-known actor has passed on.

Dennis Weaver, who made a name for himself on the long-running series “Gunsmoke”, and later on as the star of “McCloud”, has shuffled off this mortal coil.  He, like Don Knotts, was 81.  Earlier, actor Darren McGavin passed at the age of 83.

The “McCloud” series, which Weaver called his most satisfying, featured a New Mexican lawman working as a detective in New York City; Weaver was often portrayed as riding his horse on the streets of NYC – which may or may not have been the inspiration for Big & Rich’s lyric “Ridin’ up & down Broadway on my old stud Leroy…”

The Realm™ extends its condolences to Weaver’s family at this time.

5 Comments to “Dennis Weaver:  1924 – 2006”

  1. David Hartung — February 28, 2006 @ 6:23 am

    Hollywood has lost some good people this past week.

  2. Denita TwoDragons — February 28, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    No kidding, David…all the classics are heading off into the sunset. :-( *sigh*


  3. Blackiswhite — February 28, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    Ralphie on Christmas Morning this year:
    “Dad? Wake up, Dad! Mom made turkey and the Bumpuses don’t live next door anymore!! DAD!”

    Sure, Don made me laugh, and I got a kick out of the McCloud reruns, but Ralphie’s Dad was so much like my own, it made it fun to watch the movie. It was the ONLY Christmas movie my Dad would watch. Now I have to watch it know they are BOTH gone. This year,I think I’ll be watching it alone, with a drink. Damn.

  4. David Hartung — February 28, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    Denita observed:
    No kidding, David…all the classics are heading off into the sunset. :-( *sigh*

    David responds:
    Tell me about it, unfortunately, the current crop of hollywood “icons” just does not seem to have the class of the old timers!

  5. Denita TwoDragons — March 1, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

    David, they’re not only lacking the class, they’re lacking the looks. If you look carefully, you can see the flashing along their sides from where the mold halved joined together.

    They’re as plastic as a credit card and have just about that much depth of character, as well. I’d rather have a Dennis Weaver than a Johnny Depp.


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