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Dennis Weaver, 81; Star of 'Gunsmoke,' 'McCloud' Also Was Environmental Activist

Dennis Weaver, 81; Star of 'Gunsmoke,' 'McCloud' Also Was Environmental Activist

Dennis Weaver, the lanky actor with the gentle drawl who came to fame in the 1950s playing Marshal Matt Dillon's limping deputy, Chester, on "Gunsmoke" and later starred as a contemporary western deputy marshal who battled crime in the Big Apple on "McCloud," has died. He was 81. Weaver, a longtime environmental activist and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, died of complications of cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, Colo., his publicist, Julian Myers, said Monday. In a more than 50-year acting career that spanned stage, films and television, Weaver had supporting roles in films such as Orson Welles' 1958 film noir thriller "Touch of...

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