Ned Wever

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Ned Wever
Florence Freeman Ned Wever Young Widder Brown 1953.JPG
Florence Freeman (Ellen Brown)
and Ned Wever (Dr. Anthony Loring)
from Young Widder Brown
Born Edward Hooper Wever
April 27, 1902
New York, New York
Died May 6, 1984
Laguna Hills, California
Alma mater Pawling School
Princeton University
Spouse(s) Carla Wever
Children 2 daughters

Ned Wever (April 27, 1902 - May 6, 1984) was an actor on stage and on old-time radio. Garyn G. Roberts wrote in his book, Dick Tracy and American Culture: Morality and Mythology, Text and Context, "Wever's most famous role was probably that of H.C. McNeile's British detective and adventurer Bulldog Drummond for the program of the same name."[1]

Early years[edit]

The son of a New York attorney,[2] Wever was born Edward Hooper Weaver[3] on April 27, 1902, in New York City.[4] He graduated from the Pawling School and Princeton University, where he was president of the Triangle Club dramatic organization in his senior year[3] and was a member of the staff of The Daily Princetonian newspaper and the Nassau Literary Magazine.[2]

Radio[edit]

Wever's roles on radio programs included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
Betty and Bob Al Bishop[5]
Big Sister Jerry Miller[5]:40
Bulldog Drummond Bulldog Drummond[6]
Dick Tracy Dick Tracy[6]
Her Honor, Nancy James District Attorney[7]
Kate Hopkins, Angel of Mercy Tom Hopkins[5]:187
Lady Counsellor Tony Howard[3]
Little Italy Nicholas[5]:202
Lora Lawton Peter Carver[5]:206
Two on a Clue Jeff Spencer[8]
Under Arrest Captain Jim Scott[5]:344-345
Valiant Lady Colin Kirby[5]:346
Young Widder Brown Anthony Loring[6]

He also had leads on True Detective, The True Story Hour, Angel of Mercy and Manhattan Mother and was heard frequently on The Wonder Show, Grand Central Station, Perry Mason and The Cavalcade of America.[9]

Stage[edit]

Wever's initial professional stage work came with Stewart Walker's stock theater company in Indianapolis, Indiana.[3] His Broadway credits include Days to Come (1936), The Second Little Show (1930) and The Grab Bag (1924).[10]

Musical composition[edit]

In his book, The Great Radio Soap Operas, Jim Cox called Wever "as talented a musician as he was an actor."[9] Cox added, "He composed show tunes for Broadway productions featuring Billy Rose and Ed Wynn."[9] Wever's compositions included "Spellbound", "I Can't Resist You", "Trouble in Paradise" and "Trust in Me".[9]

Television[edit]

Wever was credited with more than 70 appearances on television programs, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Get Smart and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wever and his wife, Carla, had two daughters, Patricia and Pamela.[2]

Death[edit]

Wever died of heart failure May 6, 1984, in a convalescent home in Laguna Hills, California.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Garyn G. (1993). Dick Tracy and American Culture: Morality and Mythology, Text and Context. McFarland. p. 231. ISBN 9780786416981. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Knaster, Ira (April 1949). "The Wever Way". Radio and Television Mirror. 31 (5): 40–41, 85–87. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ecksan, K.L. (April 30, 1936). "Coast to Get Special Show Boat Program". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 22. Retrieved September 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 281.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 36.
  6. ^ a b c Roebuck, Jay (August 25, 1968). "'Bulldog Drummond' Is Alive and Residing in Orange county". Independent Press-Telegram. California, Long Beach. p. 93. Retrieved September 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Questions and Answers". The Lincoln Star. Nebraska, Lincoln. January 29, 1939. p. 60. Retrieved September 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "(untitled brief)". The Circleville Herald. Ohio, Circleville. September 8, 1945. p. 7. Retrieved September 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ a b c d Cox, Jim (1999). The Great Radio Soap Operas. McFarland. p. 296. ISBN 9780786438655. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "("Ned Wever" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "The voice of Dick Tracy dies at 85". The Deseret News. May 8, 1984. p. A 3. Retrieved 17 September 2016.