Award-winning actor Fritz Weaver has died, aged 90.
Weaver passed away at his home in Manhattan on Saturday (26Nov16), his son-in-law Bruce Ostler has confirmed to The New York Times.
He was best known for the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, for which he earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a Jewish doctor slain by the Nazis, and for winning a Tony Award in 1970 for his role in the drama Child’s Play.
Weaver had movie roles in Fail Safe, The Day of the Dolphin, Marathon Man, Creepshow, and the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair. More recently, he appeared in Adam Sandler's 2014 comedy The Cobbler.
He also made many guest appearances in TV shows such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five-0, Law & Order, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Mission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone.
Weaver also starred in a number of plays including the title roles in stage versions of William Shakespeare's King Lear and Hamlet, adaptations of Arthur Miller's The Crucible and The Price, and his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in 1965 musical Baker Street, among others.
He had recently been developing a play with True Detective actor Jay O. Sanders called Unexplored Interior. The actor told Deadline.com, “Fritz was an extraordinary man and actor of great passion, elegance, broad literary reach, and impeccable craft."
Actress Maryann Plunkett, who starred alongside Weaver in The Crucible, also told the website, “Fritz Weaver was an elegant, generous, supremely talented actor I was privileged to share the stage with and learn from. He was a dear friend who loved his family with passion. A good, good man.”
He is survived by his wife, Scent of a Woman actress Rochelle Oliver, his daughter Lydia and son Anthony.