Handwritten letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World and a member of the Tony nominating committee: "Thanks for your kind letter and your even kinder vote."

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FRITZ WEAVER Handwritten letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World and a member of the Tony nominating committee: "Thanks for your kind letter and your even kinder vote." Autograph Letter signed: "Fritz Weaver", 1 page, 7¼x10½. No place, no date. To "Dear Mr. [John] Willis. In full: "Thanks for your kind letter and even kinder vote. I shall certainly be there on the first and hope to greet you personally. Best." FRITZ WEAVER (1926-2016), who won a Best Actor Tony and a Drama Desk Award for Child's Play (1970). He had already won a Theatre World Award, and had been nominated for a Tony earlier for The Chalk Garden (1955-1956). He earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Dr. Josef Weiss in the TV miniseries Holocaust (1978). He was also seen in many TV science fiction and fantasy shows, including Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Star Trek and X-Files. Since the mid-1990s, he has performed mostly voice over roles, including many narrations for the History Channel. Weaver was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2010. His sister is art director Mary Weaver Dodson; his son is horror novelist Fritz Weaver. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Multiple mailing folds. Fine condition.

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