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Longtime 'Bold and the Beautiful' player passes

Soap opera and children's TV veteran Ron Weaver dead at 75

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 14, 2013 4:03PM

"The Bold and the Beautiful" and the daytime television community lost another member of its family on May 11 when Ronald L Weaver passed away. Soap opera fans may not recognize Weaver's face, but his work is another story. The producer helped launch "The Bold and the Beautiful" and worked with the drama until April of this year, earning three Daytime Emmys along the way. Weaver also had a hand in launching beloved daytime children's show like "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company."


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"I am saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Weaver," said "The Bold and the Beautiful" showrunner Bradley Bell. "Ron was talented, a good friend to all of us, and a 26 year producer of 'The Bold and the Beautiful.' He will be missed, will always be remembered and will forever remain in our hearts."


Weaver joined "The Bold and the Beautiful" back in 1986, helping creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell launch their CBS soap opera. When he retired almost three decades later, he was the series' number two behind the scenes player. In addition to serving as the show's senior producer, he was vice president of BBL Distribution, Inc., the distribution arm of Bell-Phillip Television Productions. Weaver oversaw the day-to-day management of the series, as well as its international sales, operations and promotion.


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With "The Bold and the Beautiful" earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama SeriesWeaver is in the running for a fourth trophy, along with his former production team. Those interested in the history of the series might enjoy Weaver's blog post about the team that helped create the show.

 

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Before moving into the soap biz, Weaver spent 13 years with Children's Television Workshop, climbing to Director of Operations and Production Services. During his tenure with CTW, Weaver helped launch "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company," "3-2-1 Contact," "Feeling Good" and "The Best of Families," as well as the international co-productions of "Sesame Street" in Latin America.


Born on June 9, 1937, Weaver was drawn to entertainment from childhood. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he moved to New York City to build an acting career. He spent 20 year as a performer and photographer, studying under Lee Strasberg, before transitioning into production. One of his early gigs behind the camera was writing and producing for the documentary series "Eye on New York." 

 

In 2010, Weaver also released his first novel, "Soul Mates." "The Bold and the Beautiful" castmembers supported his book launch with readings at local bookstores. (Click to watch video of Ronn MossLesli Kay and Lesley-Anne Down sharing Weaver's work.)

 

Weaver passed away in his Los Angeles home on May 11 and is survived by his partner of 29 yearsFranko E. Weaver; daughter Jen Finkle-Weaver; son Kevin Weaver, an Atlantic Records Group exec; and grandchildren Ella, Taji, Kyle and Davis.

 

A private funeral service will be held in Encino. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Three Rivers Lions Club (P.O. Box 134, Three Rivers, MI 49093) or AIDS Project Los Angeles.


"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.

 

4Comments
May 15, 2013 8:39AM
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People, this is not the forum for storyline complaints; goto their CBS website and gripe, really.  As a gay viewer, I always have thought of this serial as my/our own.  Consistently stylish and just great to look at, especially now in HD.  Thank you, Mr. Weaver!!! Thanks for a little bit of entertainment heaven on earth.  Talent like yours, will continue to inspire my little life. 
May 15, 2013 7:06AM
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Sorry about  the passing of Mr. Weaver...I meant to add to my comments earlier.

 

May 15, 2013 7:03AM
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I agree with the other lady the show has taken a turn for the worse...no storyline except Liam,Steffy and Hope and they have beat this story to death all the way around!

It used to be fun to watch but no real storys going on sunless the one I previously noted and the Brooke,Taylor saga.The yneed to seriously think about something else to keep us loyal viewers as I too have watched the show since it started.

May 15, 2013 6:36AM
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Sad to hear he passed.  Monday was my last day of watching the show.  I have watched since the beginning, but the show has taken a serious turn for he worst.  Maybe its time for it to go, most of the older writers are now gone.
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