|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1915|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1992|
Actor. Born John Forkum in Staten Island, John Dehner began his career as an animator for Walt Disney Studios before becoming a disc jockey then a piano player. He debuted in films in 1945 and due to his distinguished looks and deep, recognizable voice was often cast a villain, criminal or outlaw. Occasionally he was cast against type in comedies but typically he portrayed dishonest men. He was hard working in real-life and in 1956 appeared in seven films. In 1959 he made nine guest appearances in several television series all being aired at the time. Some of his numerous TV appearances were in Gunsmoke, Frontier, The Alaskans, The Twilight Zone, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Hogan's Heroes, The High Chaparral, The Colbys, Hawaii Five-O and many, many others. Some of his film appearances included Lorna Doone (1951), Carousel (1956), Revolt at Fort Laramie (1957), Tiger by the Tail (1968) and dozens of other uncredited appearances.
Cause of death: Emphysema and diabetes
Santa Barbara County
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Record added: Apr 17, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21483
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My husband and I have always enjoyed your work in radio, "Paladin" you were great. Your "Caleb" performance in Gunsmoke was very touching, the last scene of you petting your dog saying "Dawg...Dawg" is very moving. Love all your work, Hollywood does not ...(Read more)|
Added: Feb. 28, 2014
You were among the most talented of performers - you are remembered with fondness .|
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