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|Also Known As:||Frank Dekova||Died:||October 15, 1981|
|Born:||March 17, 1910||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
Frank DeKova worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. DeKova's early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as the biographical drama "Viva Zapata!" (1952) with Marlon Brando, "Holiday For Sinners" (1952) and "Split Second" (1953). He also appeared in the Kathryn Grayson musical "The Desert Song" (1953), the Charlton Heston western "Arrowhead" (1953) and the adventure "All the Brothers Were Valiant" (1953) with Robert Taylor. His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "The Lone Ranger" (1956) with Clayton Moore, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and the western "Run of the Arrow" (1957) with Rod Steiger. He also appeared in the Rory Calhoun adaptation "Ride Out For Revenge" (1957). In the latter half of his career, he continued to act in "Portrait of a Mobster" (1961), the comedy adaptation "Follow That Dream" (1962) with Elvis Presley and the Brian Keith adaptation "Those Calloways" (1964). He also appeared in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) with Max von Sydow and "The Wild Country" (1970). DeKova last acted in "American Pop" (1981) starring Ron Thompson. Frank DeKova passed away in October 1981 at the age of 71.
bergy7 ( 2008-02-07 )
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Best known for his hilarious "stone faced" portrayal of Chief Wild Eagle on the 60's TV sitcom " F Troop".
albatros1 ( 2008-02-22 )
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Frank Dekova Italian-American character actor (b. New York City, March 17, 1910 - d. Sepulveda, CA, October 15, 1981) taught school (primarily languages) at a school in New York before joining a Shakepeare repertory group. Dekova made his Broadway debut in "Detective Story", and was discovered by director Elia Kazan. Moving to Hollywood, he appeared in "Viva Zapata!" (1952) as the Mexican Colonel, and "The Big Sky" (1952) with Kirk Douglas. He played Abiram in "The Ten Commandments, appeared in "Cowboy" (1958) with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon and in "The Mechanic" (1972) with Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. He did a lot of television work, including a role as Mafia hitman Jimmy Napoli in "The Untouchables. His craggy face was well adapted to the ethnic roles he favored such as Chief Wild Eagle in the TV comedy F Troop. Frank Dekova died of natural causes at his home in his sleep in 1981.
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