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Richard Lewis "Dick" Wesson (November 19, 1922 – April 25, 1996) was a prolific character actor, comedian, comedy writer, and producer. The dark haired man with a flat top haircut was frequently confused with announcer Dick Wesson.

Dick Wesson
Richard Lewis Wesson

(1922-11-19)November 19, 1922
DiedApril 25, 1996(1996-04-25) (aged 73)
Years active1950–82
Spouse(s)Wini Walsh Wesson
ChildrenEileen Wesson (b. 1947)[1]



Wesson was born Richard Lewis Wesson on November 19, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts. A comedian, impressionist and singer, Wesson appeared with his brother Gene (1921-1975) in a comedy act appropriately called "The Wesson Brothers". They had some hit records such as "Oodles of Boodle" and "All Right Louie, Drop the Gun".[2] In 1949, Wesson became a television series regular with Jim Backus in Hollywood House.

Making his film debut as a wisecracking astronaut in Destination Moon (1950), Dick Wesson was soon signed to a contract as a supporting actor with Warner Bros. Wesson played comedy relief in all his films, frequently as a World War II soldier in Breakthrough (1950) and Force of Arms (1951), and in the Old West with The Man Behind the Gun (1952) and The Charge at Feather River (1953). Wesson's best known role was as Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane (1953).

Wesson moved to American television appearing as Jackie Cooper's ex-United States Marine Corps sidekick, Rollo, in 27 of the 104 episodes of NBC's The People's Choice and later as Frank Crenshaw in Paul Henning's The Bob Cummings Show. Wesson began writing for The Bob Cummings Show and later The Beverly Hillbillies. He appeared in the The Beverly Hillbillies as a taxi driver and as a patient in The Beverly Hillbillies season 1, episode 33 The Clampetts Get Psychoanalyzed. He produced CBS's My Sister Eileen and many episodes of Petticoat Junction and directed several episodes of each series. He was a member of the cast of the 1974 CBS situation comedy Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers.

Wesson later died of a heart attack on April 25, 1996 in Rancho Mirage, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1950 Destination Moon Joe Sweeney
1950 Breakthrough Pvt. Sammy Hansen
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Tinker
1951 Force of Arms Kleiner
1951 Jim Thorpe – All-American Ed Guyac
1951 Sunny Side of the Street Dave Gibson
1951 Starlift Sgt. Mike Nolan
1952 About Face Dave Crouse
1953 The Man Behind the Gun Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
1953 The Desert Song Benjamin 'Benjy' Kidd
1953 The Charge at Feather River Pvt. Cullen
1953 Calamity Jane Francis Fryer
1955 Paris Follies of 1956 Chuck Russell
1961 The Errand Boy The A.D.
1977 Rollercoaster Tourist Father


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