John Dehner

John Dehner


Also Known As
John Forkum
Birth Place
Staten Island, New York, USA
November 23, 1915
February 04, 1992
Cause of Death
Emphysema And Diabetes


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 1...

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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 Ernest King in the miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983), Henry Luce in "The Right Stuff" (1983), and the judge in "Jagged Edge" (1985).



Cast (Feature Film)

Help Wanted: Kids (1986)
Jagged Edge (1985)
Creator (1985)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
California Gold Rush (1981)
The Boys From Brazil (1978)
Henry Wheelock
The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977)
Fun With Dick And Jane (1977)
Jane'S Father
Danger in Paradise (1977)
Barrett Fears
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1976)
Warden Mannering
Mountain Man (1976)
John Muir
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
Bob Maples
The Big Ripoff (1975)
Honky Tonk (1974)
The Missiles of October (1974)
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
[Bertram Copeland] Rumfoord
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Colonel Ames
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
The General
Tiger by the Tail (1970)
Sheriff Chancey Jones
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
Clay Carroll
Stiletto (1969)
Frank Simpson
The Helicopter Spies (1968)
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Youngblood Hawke (1964)
Scotty Hawke
Critic's Choice (1963)
S. P. Champlain
The Chapman Report (1962)
Geoffrey Harnish
The Canadians (1961)
Frank Boone
Timbuktu (1959)
Cast a Long Shadow (1959)
Chip Donahue
Apache Territory (1958)
Grant Kimbrough
Man of the West (1958)
Claude Tobin
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
Pat Garrett
The Sign of Zorro (1958)
Trooper Hook (1957)
Fred Sutliff
Revolt at Fort Laramie (1957)
Maj. Seth Bradner
The Iron Sheriff (1957)
[Roger] Pollock
The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)
Sheriff [Jess] Holmes
Carousel (1956)
Mr. Bascombe
Terror at Midnight (1956)
Lew Hanlon
A Day of Fury (1956)
Preacher Jason
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Taylor Swope
Please Murder Me (1956)
Ray Willis
Tension at Table Rock (1956)
The King's Thief (1955)
Capt. Herrick
The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955)
Ranse Jackman
Duel on the Mississippi (1955)
Jules Tulane
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
Nathanael Greene
The Prodigal (1955)
Tall Man Riding (1955)
Ames Luddington
Top Gun (1955)
[Tom] Quentin
Southwest Passage (1954)
Matt Carrol
Apache (1954)
The Cowboy (1954)
The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)
Dr. Derek Gravesend
Vicki (1953)
Capt. J. Donald
Powder River (1953)
Harvey Logan
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
The chief
Fort Algiers (1953)
Major Colle
The Steel Lady (1953)
Syd Barlow
Gun Belt (1953)
Matt Ringo
Cripple Creek (1952)
Emil Cabeau
California Conquest (1952)
Don Fredo Brios
Aladdin and His Lamp (1952)
[Prince] Bokra
Lady in the Iron Mask (1952)
Count de Fourrier
Scaramouche (1952)
Harem Girl (1952)
Desert Passage (1952)
Junction City (1952)
Emmet Sanderson
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Gilbert Winslow
The Flying Missile (1951)
Lieutenant commander
Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951)
Tom Marsden
China Corsair (1951)
Ten Tall Men (1951)
Hot Lead (1951)
Turk Thorne
When the Redskins Rode (1951)
John Delmont
Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951)
Jefferson Jay
Lorna Doone (1951)
Baron de Wichehalse
The Texas Rangers (1951)
John Wesley Hardin
Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard (1951)
Robert Reynolds
Fort Savage Raiders (1951)
Capt. Michael Craydon
Three Secrets (1950)
Gordon Crosley
Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950)
Sir Baldric
Mary Ryan, Detective (1950)
Bodyhold (1950)
Sir Raphael Brokenridge
Riders of the Pony Express (1950)
Joseph Dakin
Destination Murder (1950)
Frank Niles
Dynamite Pass (1950)
Anson Thurber
David Harding, Counterspy (1950)
Frank Reynolds
Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
Sergeant Beluche
Texas Dynamo (1950)
Captive Girl (1950)
Backfire (1950)
Blake, plainclothesman
Feudin' Rhythm (1949)
Gregory Biddleton
The Secret of St. Ives (1949)
Barbary Pirate (1949)
Murad Reis
Kazan (1949)
Henri LeClerc
Bandits of El Dorado (1949)
Charles Bruton
Horsemen of the Sierras (1949)
Duke Webster
Prejudice (1949)
I Cheated the Law! (1949)
He Walked by Night (1948)
Assistant chief
Dream Girl (1948)
Radio announcer
Let's Live a Little (1948)
Golden Earrings (1947)
S.S. man
Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947)
Bob Fitzsimmons
Blonde Savage (1947)
Joe Comstock
It's a Joke, Son! (1947)
Her Kind of Man (1946)
The Searching Wind (1946)
American reporter in Paris
Rendezvous 24 (1946)
The Catman of Paris (1946)
The Last Crooked Mile (1946)
Duke Jarvis
The Undercover Woman (1946)
Walter Hughes
Out California Way (1946)
Rod Mason
O.S.S. (1946)
German captain, radar
Captain Eddie (1945)
She Went to the Races (1945)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
State trooper
State Fair (1945)
The Corn Is Green (1945)
Twice Blessed (1945)
Radio announcer
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Lieutenant commander
Lake Placid Serenade (1944)
Radio announcer
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Artist drawing baby in "Baby Weems" story conference

Cast (Special)

My Wives Jane (1971)
Vic Semple; Serial Star
The Bill Cosby Special, Or? (1971)
Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur (1960)

Cast (Short)

The Moviemakers (1971)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

War and Remembrance (1988)
The Winds of War (1983)
Bare Essence (1982)

Life Events


Film acting debut in "Lake Placid Serenade"

Photo Collections

The Iron Sheriff - Movie Poster
Here is a Half-Sheet movie poster from The Iron Sheriff (1957), starring Sterling Hayden and Constance Ford.


Movie Clip

Man On A Tightrope (1953) -- (Movie Clip) This Is Considered Amusing? Summoned by officials of the communist Czechoslovak government, circus manager Cernik (Fredric March) explains to interrogator John Dehner about his staff, and his difficulty in presenting politically skewed skits, with propagandist Adolphe Menjou listening, in Elia Kazan’s Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) -- (Movie Clip) We Be Loaded Deep Exhaustive exposition from producer Dore Schary, focused on introducing Leo Genn and Gene Tierney as the Bradfords, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Brewster, John Dehner as Winslow, Van Johnson as Alden, finally Spencer Tracy as Jones, Lloyd Bridges as Coppin, in MGM's Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Critic's Choice (1963) -- (Movie Clip) He's Murdering The Play Opening from director Don Weis, Marilyn Maxwell on the Broadway stage, then we meet principals, Bob Hope (as critic Parker) and wife Lucille Ball, encountering John Dehner and Evan McCord, then at the newsroom Jerome Cowan and Richard Deacon, in Critic’s Choice, 1963, from the play loosely based on the real-life couple Walter and Jean Kerr.
Left Handed Gun, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) You Can't Shoot A Sheriff Paul Newman as Billy the Kid seems overly thrilled by the calliope, after the burial of his new boss, bouncing off Southerner Moultrie (Hurd Hatfield) and lawman Garrett (John Dehner), then frightening pals Tom and Charlie (James Best, James Congdon), in Arthur Penn’s, The Left Handed Gun, 1958.
Tension At Table Rock -- (Movie Clip) You Send Back The Body Opening scene, Wes Tancred (Richard Egan), whose partner/boss Sam (Paul Richards) killed a guy during the credits, gets pounced by his lusty wife Cathy (Angie Dickinson), then has to confront the man, in Tension At Table Rock, 1956.
Man of the West -- (Movie Clip) Opening Credits Hard to say whether the mountains or Gary Cooper seem more immovable in the opening credit sequence from Anthony Mann's Man of the West, 1958, co-starring Lee J. Cobb, Julie London and Arthur O'Connell.
Timbuktu (1959) -- (Movie Clip) When My People Are Ready Gun trader Conway (Victor Mature) observing as the militant "emir" (John Dehner) shows little patience toward the wiser Mahomet Adoni (Leonard Mudie), in the Sudan circa 1940, in director Jacques Tourneur's Timbuktu, 1959.
Apache (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Which One's Geronimo? White men way stupid, letting Massai (Burt Lancaster) escape the train as showboat Weddle (John Dehner) indulges in a photograph, leading to a revelatory episode or two, in Robert Aldrich's Apache, 1954.
Apache (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Nobody Sings About Handcuffs Tail-end of the credits into Geronimo surrendering, Massai (Burt Lancaster) explaining to Nalinle (Jean Peters) why he won't go along, only to be grabbed by Seiber (John McIntire), in Robert Aldrich's Apache, 1954.
Secret of St. Ives, The -- (Movie Clip) Open, Viscount Opening credits, a sample of original text, and handy character introductions from The Secret of St. Ives, 1949, starring Richard Ney and Henry Daniell, from a Robert Louis Stevenson novel.
Secret of St. Ives, The -- (Movie Clip) Duel Beefy duel with bayonets between surprisingly athletic St. Ives (Richard Ney) and Cougelat (John Dehner), Napoleonic French prisoners held in Scotland, in The Secret of St. Ives, 1949, from a Robert Louis Stevenson novel.
Girl in Black Stockings, The -- (Movie Clip) It Was Horrible! David (Lex Barker) means to rescue Beth (Anne Bancroft) who's beginning to lose her bearings in The Girl in Black Stockings, 1957.


Tension at Table Rock - (Original Trailer) When the owner of a stagecoach station is killed, a gunman takes his place in Tension at Table Rock (1956) starring Richard Egan.
Critic's Choice - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope and Lucille Ball star in the movie Critic's Choice (1962) based on Ira Levin's Broadway comedy hit.
Cast a Long Shadow - (Original Trailer) Audie Murphy plays a hard-drinking drifter who tries to claim a deceased cattle baron's estate in Cast A Long Shadow (1959).
California Conquest - (Original Trailer) A wealthy landowner (Cornel Wilde) leads the fight to leave Mexican rule and make California a state in California Conquest (1952).
Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters, The - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys battle a family of mad scientists in The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954).
State Fair (1945) - (Original Trailer) Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews star in Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical version of State Fair (1945).
Cheyenne Social Club, The - (Original Trailer) An aging cowboy finds that the successful business he has inherited is actually a house of prostitution in The Cheyenne Social Club (1970).
Carousel - (Original Trailer) A dramatic love story unfolds between a rough-talking, macho carousel barker, and a young, innocent mill worker in Carousel (1956).
Boys From Brazil, The - (Original Trailer) A Nazi hunter (Laurence Olivier) tracks a mad scientist (Gregory Peck) out to bring back Hitler.
Support Your Local Gunfighter - (Original Trailer) When a con man (James Garner) sneaks off a train, he's mistaken for a gunman in Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).
King's Thief, The - (Original Trailer) David Niven takes a rare villainous role in the swashbuckling adventure The King's Thief (1955) co-starring George Sanders and Roger Moore.
She Went To The Races - (Original Trailer) A pretty scientist (Frances Gifford) with a system for horse-race betting falls in love with a trainer in She Went To The Races (1945).


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