All the World's a Stage

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"If you're like me and find the business of entertainment fascinating, we're going to have some fun together, because in this book I'm going to share with you some personal, humorous, and memorable moments—moments I have experienced over the five decades that I've been a stage, television, and film entertainer. . . . Then, I will share with you my most important role to date and the most important stage I've ever trod—the grandest stage of all, the stage on which we are all playing out the stories of our lives: ...

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"If you're like me and find the business of entertainment fascinating, we're going to have some fun together, because in this book I'm going to share with you some personal, humorous, and memorable moments—moments I have experienced over the five decades that I've been a stage, television, and film entertainer. . . . Then, I will share with you my most important role to date and the most important stage I've ever trod—the grandest stage of all, the stage on which we are all playing out the stories of our lives: planet Earth." —Dennis Weaver

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  • ISBN-13: 9781571742872
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction xix
Prologue: "Twenty Minutes Tops, and Counting" xxiii
1 Gotta Love a Farm 1
2 Lard and Mustard Wasn't an Option 19
3 "I Never Want to See You Again, You Hear?" 49
4 Buck Jones, Tarzan, and ... Principal Deathridge 57
5 Miracles, Times Three 63
6 Mrs. Billy Dennis Weaver 70
7 "Look Out, Mr. Dillon, He's Gonna Shoot!" 95
8 ... You're Turning Down Orson Welles? ... Saying "Yes" to Spielberg ... There Ya Go, Marshal Sam McCloud 105
9 "Never Mind the Earth, Let's Save Our Own Ass" 136
10 Lights, Revolutions, Action 146
11 Ecolonomics ... Think Anew, Act Anew 163
12 The Ecolonomic Stool 181
13 The Earthship 189
14 One Person Can Make a Difference 193
15 The Tender Trap 198
16 Journey into Spirit 209
17 Soul and Consciousness 241
18 Death, Karma, and Reincarnation 263
19 Changing Consciousness 286
A Meditation 304
Epilogue 309
Afterword 311
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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    Good Autobiography

    I absolutely love Dennis Weaver - the person and the actor. I believe that the funniest, saddest and best acted scenes in Gunsmoke pivoted around Dennis’s character Chester Goode. His subtle yet powerful acting skills are second to none. Having seen every episode with Dennis from 1955 to 1964, I was excited to find he had written an autobiography. The first eight chapter contain the typical biographical which I found to be full of interesting tidbits regarding his early life and career. And yes, it does contain insightful comments regarding other big names in show business. I did find the interview format a bit disconcerting as I would sometimes lose track of who was speaking. I think it could have been a smoother read without the interjected interviewer’s questions. But this is a minor point and one more of personal preference. My only complaint is that in a 307 page book there are only ten pages dealing with his Gunsmoke days. I would have thought that nine years spent on one of the best and most respected shows in television history would have produced far more insight than ten pages. I would have loved to have heard more ‘behind the scenes’ perception regarding his relationships with Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone and Burt Reynolds. I believe the reader would like to have read about the few scenes he had with Ken Curtis before his departure. These would have been highly interesting. Chapters nine through 19 dealt with his personal philosophy regarding the environment, economics and spirituality. I enjoyed reading these chapters but found them to very politically liberal. While I did not get the sense that Dennis was of the same cloth as today’s radical leftists, I did leave this book wishing more liberals would embody his approach to problems of the nation and world. The 3 star rating I give the book is based more on my desire for Gunsmoke related material than a slight to the book as a whole. I had my mouth set for steak and got a hot dog. I hope you find this review helpful. Michael L. Gooch, Author of Voodoo Fever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    A Renaissance Man

    . I admire Dennis Weaver. He has a long consistent acting career in diverse roles, a marriage now celebrating its second half century and deep convictions on what is meaningful in life. His life story is full. Besides his lead in the television series McCloud and the role of Chester on television's longest running prime time series, Gunsmoke, Dennis Weaver won an Emmy for his portrayal of Chester on Gunsmoke; is an inductee of the Cowboy Hall of Fame; co-founded LIFE (Love is Feeding Everyone); serves as host of cable TV's Western Channel; and served for fourteen years as the spokesman for Great Western Bank replacing John Wayne after Wayne's death. Dennis Weaver starred in Steven Spielberg's first movie, 'Duel'; teamed with Orson Welles in the movie 'A Touch of Evil'; acted with James Cagney in 'The Gallant Hours'; co-hosted Farm Aid IV with Willie Nelson. He is a singer/songwriter and has recorded his works with the likes of John Denver. Like Ronald Reagan, Dennis Weaver served as President of the Screen Actor's Guild. Weaver was a naval aviator in the Naval Air Corps in WWII; was offered a football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma; and finished #6 in the decathlon tryouts for the United States Olympic team. He built a house out of old tires,dirt filled pop cans and adobe and dubbed it 'Earthship'. Behind the scenes, he introduced the parents of Ron and Clint Howard. Ron Howard, of course, played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show and later made great films like 'Apollo 13'. Clint Howard costarred with Weaver in the television series 'Gentle Ben.' Dennis Weaver introduced Linda Evans ('Dallas') to her first TV acting job on McCloud; coached his son's little league team; was financially helped by Shelley Winters in lean times; and, before fame, made money delivering flowers to people like Lucille Ball, Jack Webb and John Ford. Director extraordinaire John Ford's son-in-law, Ken Curtis, later replaced Dennis Weaver's character of Chester on Gunsmoke as the hay seed Festus. The first eight chapters of 'All the World's a Stage' are Weaver's autobiography. The account of his life in the Great Depression reads wonderfully like John Grisham's 'The Painted House'. The times were tough, but there was love, family, adventure and good friends. Some of Weaver's pros are poetic: 'A shared crisis is fertile soil in which kindness can grow'; 'The purpose of life is to Love and be Loved'. Some read like proverbs: 'to achieve a goal, three things are necessary, focus, focus and focus'; 'Everyone should be passionate about something'; 'that which you would have for yourself, give to others'; 'Be happy with yourself;' and one his favorite sayings, 'The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.' Dennis Weaver soared to popularity as stiff legged Chester Goode in television's Gunsmoke. Chester was Matt Dillon's hired help - not a deputy as reported in most commentaries on the series. The cast and theme of the early Gunsmokes were magic. Doc, Kitty, Matt, Chester and the magic writing of John Meston zoomed the early black-and-white half hour Gunsmokes into the number one spot for four straight years. Purists (like me) say these are among the best westerns ever aired. Dennis Weaver soon tired of the role of Chester. He felt the possibilities of Chester's character were exhausted and left Gunsmoke after the first nine seasons. He wanted to be a leading man. He achieved this in numerous roles including the television series, McCloud. The last ten chapters of 'All the World's a Stage' proselytize Dennis Weaver's pantheistic worldview. He is a vegetarian concerned about the planet earth. His call to activism came during meditation. 'One evening, while I was practicing the stillness, the Divine Presence of God came in a very sweet and loving way; and I was moved to mentally speak to that Holy Consciousness, which I often refer to as the `Divine Mother'.' He envisions his god

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