TV and Broadway star Fritz Weaver dies at 90

NEW YORK  — Tony Award-winning actor Fritz Weaver has died at the age of 90.

Weaver's daughter, Lydia Weaver, and son-in-law, Bruce Ostler, told The Associated Press that he died at his New York City home Saturday night. No cause was given.

Weaver won a Tony in 1970 for his part in the drama, Child's Play.

His was a familiar face, especially on the small screen, in a career that dated back to the 1950s. Weaver turned in bit parts in various TV series and soap operas, including Dr. Kildare, Rawhide, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Magnum, P.I., The FBI and Law & Order.

He was nominated for an Emmy for his starring turn as the patriarch of a Jewish family in the 1978 NBC miniseries Holocaust.

His last movie appearance was in 2106 playing a Capitol Hill leader in The Congressman, about a congressman (Treat Williams) who gets into trouble for failing to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Despite his television success, Weaver told the AP in 1986 that the theater was his "home." He called the stage "the most demanding on all your resources — physical and mental."


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