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Frank DeKova (1910–1981)


Frank DeKova parlayed a sinister scowl, piercing eyes and an all-around menacing attitude into a long career of playing cold-blooded triggermen, rampaging Indian chiefs, brutal Mexican army officers and the like. So it would probably come as a shock to those who know his work to discover that, before he became an actor, he was--of all things--a ... See full bio »

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 1982 Hey Good Lookin'
Old Vinnie (voice)
 1981 American Pop
Crisco (as Frank De Kova)
 1980 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Sam Monte
- Nine Hours (1980) ... Sam Monte (as Frank De Kova)
 1979 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Chief Kilowatt / Brower
- The Halloween Dream (1979) ... Chief Kilowatt
- The Craftsman (1979) ... Brower
 1978 Cat in the Cage
Rachid Khan
 1978 Baretta (TV Series)
Dominick
- The Marker (1978) ... Dominick
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Nova
- Hotel of Fear (1977) ... Nova (as Frank De Kova)
 1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Lucius Delgado
- Revenge (1976) ... Lucius Delgado
 1975 Johnny Firecloud
White Eagle
 1975 Crossfire (TV Movie)
 1968-1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Two Dog / Narrator
- Wild Country: Part 2 (1975) ... Two Dog
- The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle (1968) ... Narrator (voice)
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Vito Angelo
- The Company (1975) ... Vito Angelo (as Frank De Kova)
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Connie DeMarco
- The Christmas Party (1974) ... Connie DeMarco
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Perez
- Across the Line (1974) ... Perez (as Frank de Kova)
 1974 Run, Joe, Run (TV Series)
Chief Great Hawk
- Little Big Bear Hunter (1974) ... Chief Great Hawk
 1974 Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
Big Tony (as Frank deKova)
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Dracus / Faber
- The Bought Jury (1973) ... Dracus
- Night of the Long Knives (1973) ... Faber
 1973 The Don Is Dead
Giunta (as Frank de Kova)
 1973 The Slams
Capiello
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Eskimo's Wife")
 1970 The Wild Country
Two Dog
 1962-1969 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Nahnee
- The Lady Doctor (1969)
- Suzie (1962) ... Nahnee
 1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Phil Kalama
- Along Came Joey (1969) ... Phil Kalama (as Frank de Kova)
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Aguirre
- A Way of Justice (1968) ... Aguirre
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Gen. Tashkov
- Hans Across the Border: Part 2 (1968) ... Gen. Tashkov (as Frank de Kova)
- Hans Across the Border: Part 1 (1968) ... Gen. Tashkov (as Frank de Kova)
 1967 The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle
Narrator (voice)
 1965 The Sword of Ali Baba
Old Baba
 1964-1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Saugus / Talakum
- Four-Leaf Clover (1965) ... Saugus (as Frank De Kova)
- The Sound of Wings (1964) ... Talakum (as Frank de Kova)
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
The tormentor (as Frank de Kova)
 1957-1965 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Running Bear / Isaiah Quickfox / Arapahoe Chief / ...
- The Isaiah Quickfox Story (1965) ... Isaiah Quickfox (as Frank de Kova)
- The George B. Hanrahan Story (1962) ... Running Bear (as Frank de Kova)
- Clyde (1961) ... Arapahoe Chief (as Frank de Kova)
- The Tom Tuckett Story (1960) ... Indian Chief (as Frank de Kova)
- The Rodney Lawrence Story (1959) ... Ocheo (as Frank de Kova)
 1965 Those Calloways
Nigosh (as Frank de Kova)
 1959-1964 The Third Man (TV Series)
Juan Rodriguez
- The Day of the Bullfighter (1964) ... Juan Rodriguez (as Frank De Kova)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Edward
- The Watchman (1964) ... Edward (as Frank De Kova)
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
John Whistler
- Make Me the First American (1964) ... John Whistler
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Chief
- The Day of the 12 Candles (1964) ... Chief (as Frank de Kova)
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Joseph
- Corsicans Don't Cry (1964) ... Joseph (as Frank de Kova)
 1958-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Dino Malatesta / Jack Bent / Jerry Gordon
- Bonus Baby (1963) ... Dino Malatesta (as Frank de Kova)
- Pattern for a Bomb (1962) ... Jack Bent (as Frank de Kova)
- Vicious Circle (1958) ... Jerry Gordon (as Frank De Kova)
 1963 The Raiders
Pawnee Chief (uncredited)
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Matt Kellog
- A Nice Girl from Goliath (1963) ... Matt Kellog
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Mr. Tecas
- The Weapons Man (1963) ... Mr. Tecas (as Frank de Kova)
 1959-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Tah-Za / Chief Red Wolf / Sitting Bull / ...
- The Unvanquished (1963) ... Tah-Za
- Wolf Cub (1961) ... Chief Red Wolf
- Man of God (1959) ... Sitting Bull (uncredited)
- Circle of Fire (1959) ... Yellow Knife
 1959-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Anthony 'Tough Tony' Lamberto / The Man / Judge Foley / ...
- A Fist of Five (1962) ... Anthony 'Tough Tony' Lamberto (as Frank de Kova)
- The Maggie Storm Story (1962) ... The Man (as Frank de Kova)
- The Underground Court (1961) ... Judge Foley (as Frank de Kova)
- The Waxey Gordon Story (1960) ... Bugs Donovan (as Frank De Kova)
- The Frank Nitti Story (1960) ... Louie Campagna (as Frank de Kova)
 1957-1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Red Knife / War Cloud / Spotted Bull / ...
- Pocketful of Stars (1962) ... Red Knife
- Indian Gold (1962) ... War Cloud
- Cross Purpose (1961) ... Spotted Bull
- Gold, Glory and Custer - Requiem (1960) ... Dull Knife
- The Rebellion (1959) ... Benito Juarez
 1962 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Legrini
- The Ninety-Eight Cent Man (1962) ... Legrini
 1962 Follow That Dream
Jack (as Frank de Kova)
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Chief White Tongue
- Charge aka Outpost (1962) ... Chief White Tongue
 1959-1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Senor Vargas / Pedro
- Strange Miracle (1962) ... Senor Vargas
- A Personal Matter (1959) ... Pedro
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Lt, Vincoli
- La Strega (1962) ... Lt, Vincoli
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Gavril's Father
- The End of a World (1961) ... Gavril's Father
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Karl Maynard
- The Shaggy Kings (1961) ... Karl Maynard (as Frank de Kova)
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Blackjack Hardy
- A Technical Error (1961) ... Blackjack Hardy
 1960-1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Tony Manaci / Ben Dorschel
- Million Dollar Suit (1961) ... Tony Manaci
- White Carnation (1960) ... Ben Dorschel
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Don Ignacio Alesandro
- New Savannah (1961) ... Don Ignacio Alesandro (as Frank De Kova)
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Mike Gray Eagle
- The Cloudbusters (1961) ... Mike Gray Eagle (as Frank de Kova)
 1961 Portrait of a Mobster
Anthony Parazzo
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Davey Bridges
- Most Vanquished, Most Victorious (1961) ... Davey Bridges (as Frank de Kova)
 1959-1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Chief Tawyawp / Villegro
- Incident of the Boomerang (1961) ... Chief Tawyawp (as Frank de Kova)
- Incident at Spanish Rock (1959) ... Villegro (as Frank de Kova)
 1961 The Rebel (TV Series)
Richard Aloysius 'Dick' Sturgis
- Shriek of Silence (1961) ... Richard Aloysius 'Dick' Sturgis (as Frank de Kova)
 1960-1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Okello / Pete Dailey
- The Stanhope Brand (1961) ... Okello
- The Contenders (1960) ... Pete Dailey
 1961 Hong Kong (TV Series)
Cesaro
- Double Jeopardy (1961) ... Cesaro (as Frank de Kova)
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Carlos Roca
- The Widow from Richmond (1960) ... Carlos Roca (as Frank deKova)
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Jed Barker
- Cornered (1960) ... Jed Barker
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Captain Bultian
- The Krismen (1960) ... Captain Bultian (as Frank de Kova)
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Stinger
- Country Gentleman (1960) ... Stinger
 1959-1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Carl Miller / Chief Hostay
- Meeting at Midnight (1960) ... Carl Miller
- The Indian (1959) ... Chief Hostay (as Frank De Kova)
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Indian
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Shoshone Chief
- West of Boston (1960) ... Shoshone Chief (as Frank de Kova)
 1957-1960 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Joe Black / Iron Hand / Pablo
- Red Ransom (1960) ... Joe Black
- End of the Trail (1958) ... Iron Hand
- The Lynching (1957) ... Pablo (as Frank De Kova)
 1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
Syndicate Chairman
 1960 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Eddie Wayneright
- Night of Jeopardy (1960) ... Eddie Wayneright (as Frank de Kova)
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Nordoff
- Karate (1960) ... Nordoff (as Frank de Kova)
 1960 Five Fingers (TV Series)
Landau
- The Judas Goat (1960) ... Landau
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Mandan
- Showdown at Abilene (1959) ... Mandan (as Frank de Kova)
 1959 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Fanton
- Petticoat Crew (1959) ... Fanton
 1959 The Jayhawkers!
Evans
 1959 The Deputy (TV Series)
Cowan
- Back to Glory (1959) ... Cowan
 1956-1959 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Tobeel / Leader / Mulligan Rives
- Target (1959) ... Leader (as Frank de Kova)
- Gunsmuggler (1958) ... Tobeel
- Last Fling (1957) ... Mulligan Rives
- Kick Me (1957) ... Tobeel
- Greater Love (1956) ... Tobeel
 1959 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Harry the Horse
- The Poison Ivy Story (1959) ... Harry the Horse
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Denver, Bruhn's Gang (as Frank deKova)
 1959 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Red Slade
- Maryjo Is Missing (1959) ... Red Slade (as Frank de Kova)
 1958-1959 The Californians (TV Series)
Up-A-Mug
- An Act of Faith (1959)
- The Painless Extractionist (1958) ... Up-A-Mug
 1959 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Joe Taber
- Breakout (1959) ... Joe Taber (as Frank de Kova)
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Calderon
- Client: Martinez (1959) ... Calderon
 1959 Buckskin (TV Series)
Potato Man
- Coup Stick (1959) ... Potato Man
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Al Adams
- I Ain't Talkin' (1959) ... Al Adams (as Frank de Kova)
 1958 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
The Man
- Blind Spot (1958) ... The Man (as Frank de Kova)
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Lupo Lazaro
- Dragon for a Day (1958) ... Lupo Lazaro
 1958 Apache Territory
Lugo (as Frank deKova)
 1958 Teenage Cave Man
The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
 1958 Machine-Gun Kelly
Harry
 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Judge's Assistant
- Bilko Saves Ritzik's Marriage (1958) ... Judge's Assistant (uncredited)
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
Capt. Vrublevski (as Frank de Kova)
 1958 Cowboy
Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Stefan
- Flight to Freedom: File #36 (1958) ... Stefan (as Frank de Kova)
 1957 Ride Out for Revenge
Chief Yellow Wolf
 1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Okoma / Culebra
- Return to Fort Apache (1957) ... Okoma (as Frank de Kova)
- Major Swanson's Choice (1957) ... Culebra (as Frank De Kova)
 1957 Appointment with a Shadow
Dutch Hayden
 1957 Run of the Arrow
Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Black Hawk
- Jhonakehunkga Called Jim (1957) ... Black Hawk
 1957 Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV Series)
Ottawa Chief
- Hawkeye's Homecoming (1957) ... Ottawa Chief (as Frank Dekova)
 1956 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (TV Series)
- The Hostage (1956)
 1956 Reprisal!
Charlie Washackle
 1956 The White Squaw
Yellow Elk
 1956 Pillars of the Sky
Zachariah (as Frank de Kova)
 1956 Santiago
Jingo
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Juan Perez
- The Ballot Box (1956) ... Juan Perez
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Delwin Slater
- Double Trouble (1956) ... Delwin Slater (as Frank de Kova)
 1956 Big Town (TV Series)
- Hung Jury (1956)
 1956 The Lone Ranger
Chief Red Hawk (as Frank deKova)
 1956 Johnny Moccasin (TV Movie)
Brave Scout
 1955 Shack Out on 101
Prof. Claude Dillon
 1955 Hold Back Tomorrow
Priest
 1955 The Man from Laramie
Padre
 1955 Strange Lady in Town
Anse Hatlo
 1954 Drum Beat
Modoc Jim
 1954 Passion
Martinez (as Frank de Kova)
 1954 Valley of the Kings
Akmed Salah - Nomad Guide (uncredited)
 1954 They Rode West
Isatai
 1953 King of the Khyber Rifles
Ali Nur (as Frank de Kova)
 1953 Fighter Attack
Benedetto
 1953 All the Brothers Were Valiant
Stevenson (as Frank deKova)
 1953 The Robe
Slave Dealer (uncredited)
 1953 Arrowhead
Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- Born That Way (1953)
 1953 Raiders of the Seven Seas
Captain Romero
 1953 The Desert Song
Mindar
 1953 Split Second
Dummy (as Frank de Kova)
 1952 Pony Soldier
Custin (uncredited)
 1952 The Big Sky
Moleface (uncredited)
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
The Wiry Man (as Frank de Kova)
 1952 Viva Zapata!
Colonel Guajardo (uncredited)
 1951 The Mob
Culio (uncredited)
 1951 Up Front
Italian Man (uncredited)
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Thomas Randall
- The District Attorney Killer (1951) ... Thomas Randall
- Murder in the Court ... Thomas Randall
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- The Golden Mouth (1951)
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
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