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He was born in Queens, New York. His father, Stuart Weber, was a nightclub performer and a manager for comedians, while his mother, Fran Leslie, was a nightclub singer. His parents were Jewish. He made his acting debut at the age of 5 in a commercial for Gleam toothpaste. He started acting more often when he was in the third grade, appearing in commercials and in the school play Where the Wild Things Are. He attended high school at the High School of Performing Arts and attended college at State University of New York, where he majored in drama and theatre arts. He left college two weeks before graduation to star in a television adaption of Mark Twain's Pudd'n Head Wilson. Before beginning acting professionally, he worked such jobs as an elevator operator for a gym, a waiter and a sandwich maker at a lunch counter.
Film and television
He then acted for the Mirror Repertory Company before acting in the soap opera As the World Turns for one year. He continued acting with The Flamingo Kid, The Shining and The Kennedys, where he portrayed Jack Torrance on The Shining and former President of the United States John F. Kennedy on The Kennedys. He then portrayed his most well known role, carefree pilot Brian Michael Hackett on the NBC comedy Wings from 1990 through 1997. He has since guest starred on Monk, Desperate Housewives, Hot in Cleveland, Malibu Country and 2 Broke Girls. Weber also won the Best Actor Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, for his role in the 1997 miniseries Stephen King's The Shining.
He has also acted on Broadway, portraying Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing and as Leo Bloom in The Producers, the latter of which he doubted he would get but after encouragement from his second wife and agent, he tried out for it and won the role. He also acted, wrote and produced the film Clubland, where Alan Alda portrayed his father, which earned Alda an Emmy Award nomination. He has also portrayed Graham on Brothers and Sisters.
In addition to his live action work, he has also dabbled in voiceovers, providing the voices of Charlie B. Barkin on All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series and Neil on The Simpsons.
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Weber has been married twice. He met his first wife, Finn Carter, an actress, on the set of As the World Turns, and they married in 1985. They eventually divorced in 1992. He later became engaged to Juliette Lesley Hohnen in 1995, an interior decorator and a cable network executive, who was then the Los Angeles bureau chief for MTV News. The two married later that year on July 29, with the wedding taking place in Juliette's homeland of London, England and actress Amanda Donohoe serving as the maid of honor. Together they had two sons, named Jack Alexander Weber (born January 15, 2001) and Alfie James Weber (born February 25, 2003), respectively. On February 6, 2013, after 17 years of marriage, Hohnen filed for divorce at the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had been separated since October 2012. She is seeking joint custody of their sons, and has also requested spousal support. He resides in Los Angeles, California.