John Dehner - biography

Actor from United States of America

John Dehner (November 23, 1915 - February 4, 1992) was an American actor in radio, television, and films, playing countless roles, often as a droll villain. Between 1941 and 1988, he appeared in over 260 films and television programs. Prior to acting, Dehner had worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios, and later became a radio disc jockey. He was also a professional pianist. Dehner had an extensive career as a radio actor, appearing as a lead or supporting player in such series as Gunsmoke and Philip Marlowe. He starred as Paladin in the radio version of Have Gun — Will Travel, one of the few times a show began on television and then was later adapted for radio. On CBS radio in 1958, he starred in Frontier Gentleman, a radio Western series that opened with a trumpet theme by Jerry Goldsmith and this introduction: Written and directed by Antony Ellis, the short-lived series followed the adventures of journalist Kendall as he roamed the Western United States in search of stories for The Times. Dehner appeared with Maudie Prickett in the 1953 episode "Bad Men of Marysville" of the syndicated Western television series The Adventures of Kit Carson, starring Bill Williams. He guest  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
John Dehner Forkum,John Forkum
Date of birth
Place of birth
Staten Island
United States of America
Evelyn Severance Roma Leonore Meyers


Year Performance Character
1985 Jagged Edge Judge Carrigan
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
1977 The Lincoln Conspiracy
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane's Father
1976 The Killer Inside Me
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter!
1969 Stiletto District Attorney
1961 The Canadians
1959 Timbuktu Emir Bhaki
1958 The Left Handed Gun Pat Garrett
1958 Man of the West
1957 The Iron Sheriff
1957 The Truth About Mother Goose
1956 Tension at Table Rock
1956 Terror at Midnight
1956 A Day of Fury
1955 Tall Man Riding
1954 Apache
1951 Hot Lead Turk Thorne


Date of death
Cause of death
Diabetes mellitus,Emphysema
Place of death
Santa Barbara

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