Meet Elliot Weiner
This is what I wrote about Elliot Weiner in my review of Tuesdays With Morrie four years ago:
“The role of Morrie Schwartz is certainly a dream role for any actor. In his portrayal of the dying professor, Weiner gets to dance, wittily retort to Albom’s often inept questions, express heartfelt emotion, laugh, cry and portray the loss of muscle control. His dancing is not smooth, but he is, after all, an aging professor, not Fred Astaire. His sincerity, his smart-alecky digs at Albom, and the way he portrays the progression of the disease are absolutely believable.”
Weiner is a consummate actor and director who has proven over an illustrious career that he’s up to almost any challenge. He has played Asher's dad/teacher/Rabbi (My Name is Asher Lev), H.C in The Rainmaker, Aslan in The Lion King, Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and many other memorable roles. And he has directed such shows as Greater Tuna at Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Little Theatre, not to mention Eleemosynary, Star-Spangled Girl, Sylvia, and Steel Magnolias.
Elliot read the part of Doc Duval in the screenplay of my novel The Backside of Nowhere, and directed the workshop of the stage version.
I did not know until I invited him to take part of the narrator in this reading that he will soon be leaving us.