Veteran actor Fritz Weaver passed away Saturday at his home in Manhattan at the ago of 90, leaving behind a wealth of memorable roles and screen appearances, including his skirt-chasing college professor Dex Stanley in Creepshow's "The Crate" segment, directed by George Romero. The charmingly urbane and always watchable Weaver lent an air of distinction, intensity and professionalism to any project he was ever involved with.
Born Jan. 19, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Weaver was an accomplished stage and screen actor who forged his considerable thespian skills during the Golden Age of Television, then cemented his legacy by co-starring on many iconic genre television shows of the '60s and '70s, like The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Wonder Woman, Night Gallery, Kung Fu, The Martian Chronicles, Mission: Impossible and the made-for-TV movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden. His Hollywood career was just as impressive, and his vulnerable and engaging screen roles were seen by millions in such classics as Demon Seed, The Marathon Man, Fail Safe, The Day of the Dolphin and, of course, 1982's cult horror anthology Creepshow. Weaver also starred in two excellent episodes of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, "Third From the Sun" and "The Obsolete Man," and even played a Cardassian on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Pay your respects by popping Creepshow into your home video player and watching Weaver and Hal Holbrook plot how to coax the crazed abominable creature back inside his crate.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)