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      Dick Wesson

      Dick Wesson

      Highest Rated: 73% Calamity Jane (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 50% The Errand Boy (1961)

      Birthday: Nov 19, 1922

      Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Character actor Dick Wesson burst onto the scene in the early 1950s as someone who could be reliably called upon to provide acerbic comic relief. His run began with Irving Pichel's attempt at accurately portraying a voyage to the moon in "Destination Moon" and progressed to Westerns such as the Doris Day musical comedy "Calamity Jane" and "The Man Behind the Gun," about an undercover government agent battling relentless insurrectionists. But this turned out to be just the beginning of the Boston native's versatile career. By the late 1950s, he was honing his sideline writer skills on variety programs such as "The Bob Cummings Show," centered around the many romantic dalliances of photographer Bob Collins, leading to work in the 1960's as a producer on the Shady Rest Hotel family comedy "Petticoat Junction" and the teenage country girl comedy"Tammy." Wesson also continued to contribute episodic scripts to various other programs, most notably the telling of a nouveau riche family of hillbillies shaking up Beverly Hills in "The Beverly Hillbillies." His final writer credit was providing the original story for a 1982 version of the cop classic "Barney Miller." Wesson remained an actor until the very end, dropping in as a cab driver on several episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies" and guest starring throughout the seventies on shows such as "Marcus Welby, M.D.," a medical drama about doctors who are eager to bring improved and personal care to a flawed system.

      Highest rated movies

      73% Calamity Jane
      67% Destination Moon
      50% The Errand Boy

      Photos

      STARLIFT, from left: Ron Hagerthy, Dick Wesson, Gordon MacRae, Doris Day, 1951 THE MAN BEHIND THE GUN, front from left: Dick Wesson, Lina Romay, Randolph Scott, 1953 DESTINATION MOON, Dick Wesson, John Archer, Warner Anderson, 1950 STARLIFT, from left: Ruth Roman, Dick Wesson, Gordon MacRae, Doris Day, 1951 STARLIFT, center second and third from left: Ron Hagerthy, Dick Wesson; standee first from left: Janice Rule; photos in background from left: Doris Day, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, 1951 DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, Dick Wesson, Tom Powers, Warner Anderson, 1950 STARLIFT, Dick Wesson, Jane Wyman, Janice Rule, 1951 DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, Dick Wesson, Tom Powers, Warner Anderson, 1950 ABOUT FACE, from left: Dick Wesson, Eddie Bracken, Gordon MacRae, 1952 ABOUT FACE, Dick Wesson, Gordon MacRae, 1952 DESTINATION MOON, Warner Anderson, dick Wesson, 1950 ABOUT FACE, Dick Wesson, Eddie Bracken, Gordon MacRae, 1952

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      50% 72% The Errand Boy The A.D. (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Follies of 1956 Chuck Russell (Character) - 1955
      73% 87% Calamity Jane Francis Fryer (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 57% The Charge at Feather River Pvt. Cullen (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 44% The Man Behind the Gun Sgt. "Monk" Walker (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Song Benjamin "Benjy" Kidd (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% About Face Dave Crouse (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 56% Jim Thorpe, All American Ed Guyac (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 25% Starlift Sgt. Mike Nolan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 33% Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Tinker (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunny Side of the Street Dave Gibson (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 40% Force of Arms Kleiner (Character) - 1951
      67% 48% Destination Moon Joe Sweeney (Character) - 1950

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star),
      Writer
      1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tammy Executive Producer 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Writer 1959