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Also Known As: John Forkum Died: February 4, 1992
Born: November 23, 1915 Cause of Death: emphysema and diabetes
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, USA Profession: actor, animator, disc jockey, pianist, champion fencer

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Tall, distinguished-looking character player usually cast as villains or humorless authority figures. Dehner began his career as an animation assistant at Walt Disney Studios, worked as an Army publicist during WWII and, as a Los Angeles radio news reporter, editor and announcer, netted his station a Peabody Award for his coverage of the first UN conference in San Francisco in the late 1940s. Dehner started acting in films in the mid-1940s, eventually appearing in over 100 features, mostly westerns or action films. As sheriff Pat Garrett, he proved a notable foil to Paul Newman's Billy the Kid in Arthur Penn's "The Left-Handed Gun" (1958).Once voted "best radio voice" by "Radio Life Magazine", Dehner was a prolific radio performer during the 1950s, starring as J.B. Kendall, a Brit in the American West, on "Frontier Gentleman" and as Paladin on "Have Gun Will Travel". Throughout the 60s and 70s he made regular appearances on TV series including "The Westerner" (1960), "The Roaring Twenties" (1960-62), "The Don Knotts Show" (1970-71) "The Doris Day Show" (1971-73) and "Big Hawaii" (1977). Later roles included Secretary of State Dean Acheson in the miniseries "The Missiles of October" (1974); Admiral...

Tall, distinguished-looking character player usually cast as villains or humorless authority figures. Dehner began his career as an animation assistant at Walt Disney Studios, worked as an Army publicist during WWII and, as a Los Angeles radio news reporter, editor and announcer, netted his station a Peabody Award for his coverage of the first UN conference in San Francisco in the late 1940s. Dehner started acting in films in the mid-1940s, eventually appearing in over 100 features, mostly westerns or action films. As sheriff Pat Garrett, he proved a notable foil to Paul Newman's Billy the Kid in Arthur Penn's "The Left-Handed Gun" (1958).

Once voted "best radio voice" by "Radio Life Magazine", Dehner was a prolific radio performer during the 1950s, starring as J.B. Kendall, a Brit in the American West, on "Frontier Gentleman" and as Paladin on "Have Gun Will Travel". Throughout the 60s and 70s he made regular appearances on TV series including "The Westerner" (1960), "The Roaring Twenties" (1960-62), "The Don Knotts Show" (1970-71) "The Doris Day Show" (1971-73) and "Big Hawaii" (1977). Later roles included Secretary of State Dean Acheson in the miniseries "The Missiles of October" (1974); Admiral Ernest King in the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983); Henry Luce in "The Right Stuff" (1983); and the judge in "Jagged Edge" (1985).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Help Wanted: Kids (1986) Cyrus
2.
 Creator (1985) Paul
3.
 Jagged Edge (1985) Judge Carrigan
4.
 The Right Stuff (1983) Henry Luce
5.
 Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Commissioner
6.
 California Gold Rush (1981) Captain John Sutter
7.
 The Boys From Brazil (1978) Henry Wheelock
8.
 Danger in Paradise (1977) Barrett Fears
10.
 Fun With Dick And Jane (1977) Jane'S Father
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Lived in Europe for most of his youth
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Returned to USA in the 1930s to work as a stage actor
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Moved to California and worked briefly as an animator for Walt Disney
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New York stage debut, Strindberg's "Bridal Crown"
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Stage directing debut, "Alien Summer"
1944:
Film acting debut in "Lake Placid Serenade"
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Became a publicist for the US Army during WWI
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Joined Los Angeles radio station KFWB as an announcer, news editor and commentator; helped cover the first UN conference in San Francisco; the coverage won the station a Peabody Award
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Became radio actor in the late 1940s; starred in series "Frontier Gentleman" and "Have Gun Will Travel" and was featured for nine years in "Gunsmoke"
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Turned to TV in the 1960s
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wife:
Evelyn Dehner.

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