February 27, 2006

Actor Dennis Weaver dead at 81

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Dennis Weaver, best known for
his television roles as the loyal, limping deputy to Marshal
Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" and as the urban lawman with a cowboy
hat on "McCloud," has died at age 81, his publicist said on

Weaver, who earned an Emmy Award in the 1950s for playing
the lame sidekick Chester Goode on "Gunsmoke," died on February
24 at his home in Ridgway, Colorado, due to complications from
cancer, his spokesman, Julian Myers, said.