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Dennis Weaver Dead at 81

The week is off to a pretty somber start. First, the news of Darren McGavin's passing, and now The New York Times reports the death of Dennis Weaver. For most actors, there seems to be a single role that really defines them. Weaver had a few such roles. He was Chester on "Gunsmoke." He was Sam McCloud. And he was David Mann in Steven Spielberg's "Duel." It was in this last role that he cranked up the heart rates of many a young lad and lass, glued to their television sets well after bedtime to watch a frightened little man get chased down by an eighteen-wheeler until his nerves are frayed beyond repair.

But it's probably for his tireless efforts to improve the environment and promote human dignity that Weaver would most want to be remembered. He and his wife built a house made of recycled tires and aluminum cans. He was president of a humanitarian organization that fed 150,000 people a week. And he founded the avant-garde environmental organization known as the Institute of Ecolonomics. He was one of the good ones.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on February 27, 2006 1:18 PM
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