‘Duel’ actor dies: Remembering Dennis Weaver

Well-known television actor Dennis Weaver died last Friday from complications of cancer. He was 81.

Known as the last of the great TV cowboys playing cowboy-hat wearing heroes well into the 1980s, among science fiction and fantasy fans, Weaver may be best known for a single work; a little movie-of-the-week that wowwed critics and audiences alike back in 1971. The film, of course, was Duel, directed by a then-unknown Steven Spielberg.

The film about a seemingly supernatural evil embodied by an 18-wheeler truck hellbent on killing Weaver’s character, was such a hit with American audiences, that it was released in movie theatres in Europe.