Saturday, March 26, 2016

Will Wright as Ben Weaver on the Andy Griffith Show

Will Wright as store owner "Ben Weaver" on the Andy Griffith Show.
Pencil sketch on Vellum texture bristol paper. -Greg Joens.

William Henry "Will" Wright (March 26, 1894 – June 19, 1962) was an American actor. He was frequently cast in westerns and as curmudgeonly old men. Over the course of his career, Wright appeared in more than 200 film and television roles.

In 1960, Wright appeared as Mr. Johnson on CBS's The Danny Thomas Show in the episode entitled, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", the spin-off for The Andy Griffith Show. On The Andy Griffith Show, Wright portrayed department store owner and landlord Ben Weaver in three episodes from 1960 to 1962. After his death, he was replaced as Ben Weaver, first by Tol Avery, and then by Jason Johnson. Wright made his last onscreen appearances in a 1962 episode of NBC's Bonanza.

Death ...On June 19, 1962, Wright died of cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He is interred in Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield, California.

Source: Wikipedia

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