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Overview (4)

Born in Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications following heart surgery)
Birth NameAdolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Vernon was a prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who made a career out of convincingly playing crafty villains, morally-bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and television since the 1960s. Vernon has been directed by some stellar filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock (Topaz (1969)); George Cukor (Justine (1969)); Don Siegel (Dirty Harry (1971)) and Clint Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)). After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and honing his skills in Canadian theatre and television, Vernon made his US film debut in John Boorman's noir/gangster classic Point Blank (1967) as a trusted friend who betrays Lee Marvin. He again failed to inspire confidence as the ineffectual mayor of San Francisco in Dirty Harry (1971). Vernon may be best remembered as the sinister Dean Vernon Wormer in John Landis' Animal House (1978), a role he reprised for the TV spin-off Delta House (1979). This led to more film comedy roles, a highlight being Mr. Big in the blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: VidMan

Spouse (1)

Nancy West (? - ?) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently plays crusty authority figures, i.e., mayors, college deans, high school principals, prison wardens, etc.
Deep, gruff commanding voice

Trivia (8)

Father of Kate Vernon and Nan Vernon.
Father of Chris Vernon.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Has the unique achievement of having voiced both Gen. Ross and Maj. Talbot from "The Incredible Hulk" comics. He played Maj. Talbot in the 1966 series, Hulk (1966), and Gen.Ross in the 1996 version, The Incredible Hulk (1996).
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)
Of Polish, German and Armenian descent, he was one of two sons born to an immigrant grocer, Adolf Agopsowicz, and wife Eleanore Krückel and baptized at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic parish in the nearby town of Arat, as Adolphus Raimundus Vernon Agopsowicz.
In later years provided voices for many video games.
Third cousin of Trent Gough.

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