Tony-Winning Broadway and Film Actor Fritz Weaver Is Dead at 90

News   Tony-Winning Broadway and Film Actor Fritz Weaver Is Dead at 90
 
He played Sherlock Holmes in the musical Baker Street.
From Left: Joanna McClelland Glass, Fritz Weaver and Sandy Shinner
From Left: Joanna McClelland Glass, Fritz Weaver and Sandy Shinner
Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver, the sharp-featured, Tony-winning actor best remembered on Broadway for his performance as Victorian sleuth Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 musical Baker Street, has died at age 90, according to The New York Times.

Weaver won the 1970 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for his performance as a rigid private-school disciplinarian in the drama Child‘s Play.

He also won an Emmy Award for his performance in the NBC miniseries Holocaust as Dr. Josef Weiss, a Jewish man who sees his family rounded up during the Nazi era in Europe and dies in a concentration camp.

Among his 21 Broadway appearances were Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden (1955), the 1962 musical All-American opposite Ray Bolger, Alan Ayckbourn’s 1974 comedy Absurd Person Singular, the 1979 revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price, and, most recently, the 1999 revival of Ring Round the Moon.

He had a special affinity for Shakespearean roles, playing the title role in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 on Broadway in 1960. It was his only Broadway Shakespearean credit, but he played roles as diverse as Macbeth, King Lear, and Hamlet in regional productions.

The Internet Movie Database lists dozens of TV and film appearances, but a few stand out. He appeared in two classic episodes of The Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun and The Obsolete Man. He played character roles on TV medical shows, cop shows, legal dramas, and Westerns including Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Dr. Kildare, The Big Valley, N.Y.P.D., Hawaii Five-0, Law & Order, and Medical Center.

His movie appearances include classics like Fail-Safe, Marathon Man, and Day of the Dolphin.

He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2010.

Fritz Weaver, Martin Gabel and Inga Swenson in <i>Baker Street</i>
Fritz Weaver, Martin Gabel and Inga Swenson in Baker Street Friedman-Abeles

READ: PLAYBILL ONLINE'S CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH FRITZ WEAVER

(Updated November 28, 2016)

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