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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 was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. DeKova began his acting career with roles in such films as the Marlon Brando biographical drama "Viva Zapata!" (1952), the Gig Young drama "Holiday For Sinners" (1952) and "Split Second" (1953). He also appeared in "The Desert Song" (1953) with Kathryn Grayson, "Arrowhead" (1953) and "All the Brothers Were Valiant" (1953). He continued to act in productions like "The Lone Ranger" (1956), "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 part of his career, he tackled roles in "Portrait of a Mobster" (1961), the Elvis Presley comedy adaptation "Follow That Dream" (1962) and the Brian Keith adaptation "Those Calloways" (1964). He also appeared in the drama "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) with Max von Sydow and "The Wild Country" (1970) with Steve Forrest. DeKova last acted in the Ron Thompson animated film "American Pop" (1981). 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".
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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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