Steven Weber

Active - 1984 - 2020  |   Born - Mar 4, 1961 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Horror, Science Fiction

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

Mention the name Steven Weber to any television fanatic, and odds are their eyes will soon gloss over with fond memories of the popular early-'90s sitcom Wings. Despite the popularity of his small-screen past, though, the handsome actor has gone on to prove his versatility in a number of features, both made-for-television and otherwise. Born in Queens, NY, to a nightclub singer and a comic manager, Weber discovered his love of acting around the age of three while appearing in a series of television commercials. He followed up a stint at New York's High School of the Performing Arts with an education at New York's prestigious State University at Purchase, and after working a series of odd jobs, Weber made his film debut in the 1984 Matt Dillon comedy The Flamingo Kid. A role on the enduring daytime soap opera As the World Turns introduced Weber to his first wife, Finn Carter, a few short years later. After appearing as a rock star in Los Angeles and as John F. Kennedy in The Kennedys of Massachusetts (both 1990), Weber was more than ready to take the lead in his own sitcom. Cast as the half-owner, along with brother Joe (Timothy Daly), of a Nantucket-based airline, Weber's charisma and comic talents went a long way in supporting the show over the course of its enduring eight-year run.

Of course, Weber wasn't content to simply sit back and enjoy the success of Wings; in addition to the popular show, the actor turned up in supporting roles in numerous features including Single White Female (1992), Jeffrey (1995), and Leaving Las Vegas (also 1995). By the time the show came to an end in 1997, Weber had divorced Finn Carter and married actress Juliette Hohnen, and was ready to find out what else he had to offer to the worlds of film and television. Though a role in the made-for-television adaptation of The Shining failed to erase the memory of Jack Nicholson's terrifying interpretation of the role, Weber did prove memorable in Seinfeld creator Larry David's bitter-flavored comedy Sour Grapes (1998). The following few years would find Weber playing things relatively low-key onscreen; he returned to the small screen to moving effect with the 1999 made-for-television drama Love Letters. In 2000, Weber essayed a supporting role in director Mike Figgis' experimental comedy drama Timecode, and that same year he would return to sitcom territory with the short-lived Cursed. Though that particular effort may not have quite lived up to potential, Weber did gain positive notice for his role in the little-seen independent thriller Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes (2000). After appearing opposite Alan Alda in the made-for-television feature Clubland (2001), Weber joined the cast of the popular small-screen drama Once and Again later that same year.

Weber's enduring appeal has led to a steady stream of recent television work, both as a guest star and in regular roles. After wrapping up on Once and Again, he appeared as Will's brother Sam on Will & Grace; chairman of the fictional NBS network on the surprisingly short-lived dramedy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; a flirtatious co-worker romancing Sarah Walker (Rachel Griffths) during a stint on Brothers & Sisters; a regular role on another short-lived show, 2010's Happy Town; and a recurring role on 2 Broke Girls as Caroline's (Beth Behrs) jailed father, Martin Channing.

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  • Worked as an elevator operator at a health club before becoming an actor.
  • Was a member of the Off-Broadway Mirror Repertory Company.
  • Made his big-screen debut in the 1984 comedy The Flamingo Kid.
  • Breakthrough role came with the NBC sitcom Wings, on which he played the owner of a small Massachusetts airline for eight seasons.
  • Won a Best Actor Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for the 1997 miniseries Stephen King's 'The Shining.'
  • Has starred on several short-lived TV series, including The Weber ShowStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Happy Town.