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John Dierkes (1905–1975)

Tall and gaunt American character actor prominent in a number of classic American films. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended Brown University and subsequently went to work as an economist for the United States Department of State. In 1941, he joined the American Red Cross and served in Great Britain during the war. There he met director John... See full bio »

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 1956-1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Dahoma / Indian / Ace / ...
- The Child Between (1973) ... Dahoma
- My Brother's Keeper (1971) ... Indian
- Gone Straight (1957) ... Ace
- The Round Up (1956) ... Rydell
 1973 Oklahoma Crude
 1972 Rage
Bill Parker
 1972 Buck and the Preacher
Townsman in Opening Credits (uncredited)
 1971 The Omega Man
Family Member
 1962-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Martinson / Private
- Corporal Dasovik (1964) ... Martinson
- Incident at Quivira (1962) ... Private
 1963 The Cardinal
Redneck (uncredited)
 1963 Johnny Cool
 1963 The Haunted Palace
Benjamin West / Jacob West (as John Dierkies)
 1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
Preacher (uncredited)
 1963 The Raven
Corpse of Roderick Craven (uncredited)
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sea Witch (1962)
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
- A Pair of Boots (1962) ... Gordon
 1962 Convicts 4
Cell Block Guard (uncredited)
 1962 Premature Burial
 1961 The Comancheros
Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Dr. Wrightman
- Short a Motive (1961) ... Dr. Wrightman
 1961 One-Eyed Jacks
 1960 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Inspector Crail
- Underwater Demolition (1960) ... Inspector Crail
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
'Wild Bill' Monks
 1959 Bonanza (TV Series)
Pat McLaughlin
- Mr. Henry Comstock (1959) ... Pat McLaughlin
 1959 The Oregon Trail
Gabe Hastings
 1959 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
- Strange Cargo (1959)
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Society Red
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Obadiah Smith
 1957-1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jack Montgomery / Tom Olsen
- The Hunter Malloy Story (1959) ... Jack Montgomery
- The Les Rand Story (1957) ... Tom Olsen
 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
 1958 The Buccaneer
 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
- Miracle at Pot Hole (1958) ... Charlie
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Sheriff / Sheriff John Dratton
- Mercyday (1958) ... Sheriff
- The Suffragette (1958) ... Sheriff John Dratton
 1958 The Left Handed Gun
 1958 Blood Arrow
 1958 Touch of Evil
Policeman (uncredited)
 1958 The Rawhide Trail
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
- Layover at Jamestown (1957) ... Grimes
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Ernest Weber
- Novel Appeal (1957) ... Ernest Weber
 1957 Death in Small Doses
'Shug' Grandon (uncredited)
 1957 Valerie
Bartender (uncredited)
 1957 Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
 1957 The Buckskin Lady
 1954-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Belvedere / Joe Bronson
- Switch Station (1957) ... Dr. Belvedere
- Blizzard Bound (1954) ... Joe Bronson
 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat
Texas Storekeeper (uncredited)
 1957 Duel at Apache Wells
Bill Sowers
 1957 The Halliday Brand
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
- Our First Christmas Tree (1956) ... Emil
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Farmer (uncredited)
 1954-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
- An Error in Chemistry (1954) ... Preacher (uncredited)
 1956 Down Liberty Road (Short)
Soldier (uncredited)
 1956 The Fastest Gun Alive
Walter Hutchins (uncredited)
 1956 Jubal
Carson - Horgan Rider
 1955 The Vanishing American
 1955 Betrayed Women
Cletus Ballard
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
- Johnny Belinda (1955)
 1955 Not as a Stranger
 1955 The Road to Denver
Sheriff Dedrick (uncredited)
 1953-1955 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Paw Tolliver
- Hillbilly Margie (1953) ... Paw Tolliver
 1955 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Russ Bradley
- The Guilty One (1955) ... Russ Bradley
 1955 Timberjack
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1954 Hell's Outpost
Swede - the Cook (uncredited)
 1954 Passion
Escobar (uncredited)
 1954 The Raid
Cpl. Fred Deane
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Little Jace
- Backlash (1954) ... Little Jace
 1954 Silver Lode
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1954 The Desperado
Police Sergeant
 1954 Topper (TV Series)
- Topper Goes West (1954) ... Cowboy
 1953-1954 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Dividing Line (1954)
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 Prince Valiant
Sir Tristram (uncredited)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Jeb Bricker
- Three Just Men (1953) ... Jeb Bricker
 1953 Gun Fury
Sheepherder (uncredited)
 1953 The Moonlighter
Sheriff Daws
 1953 The Vanquished
General Morris
 1953 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
- Sego Lilies (1953) ... Erastus
 1953 Shane
Morgan Ryker
 1953 A Perilous Journey
First Mate
 1953 Family Theatre (TV Series)
- Trial of Tara (1953)
 1952 Plymouth Adventure
Greene (uncredited)
 1952 Les Miserables
Bosun (uncredited)
 1952 The Sellout
Big Jake (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
John Winton
- The Staff of Life (1952) ... John Winton
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Silver City
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Conqueror's Isle (1951)
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Jim Conklin - the Tall Soldier
 1950 Three Husbands
Night Court Judge (uncredited)
 1948 Macbeth
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Former resident of Santa Monica, California. Frequent customer of Izzy's Deli at 14th Street & Wilshire in Santa Monica.

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