Albert Dekker (1905–1968)

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A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, he often played aggressive character roles, a prime example being his double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers (1946). From 1944-46 he served a term in the California legislature ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wild Bunch Harrigan
Kiss Me Deadly Dr. G.E. Soberin
Dr. Cyclops Dr. Thorkel
East of Eden Will Hamilton


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 1969 The Wild Bunch
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Barney Sturgess
- The Bottle Fighter (1968) ... Barney Sturgess
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
- Shana (1968) ... Indris
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
George Stuka
- The Grand Old Man (1968) ... George Stuka
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Sir Harry Hiller
- A Dangerous Proposal (1968) ... Sir Harry Hiller
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Harry Beldon
- The Summit-Five Affair (1967) ... Harry Beldon
 1967 Come Spy with Me
Walter Ludeker
 1966 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Colonel Shtemenko
- The Short Tail Spy (1966) ... Colonel Shtemenko
 1966 Gammera the Invincible
Secretary of Defense
 1966 Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (TV Movie)
Mr. Gutman
 1966 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jonas Bolt / Josh Breeden
- Crossing at White Feather (1965) ... Jonas Bolt
- Josh (1965) ... Josh Breeden
 1965 Seaway (TV Series)
Captain Marland
- 34th Man (1965) ... Captain Marland
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
George Brewer
- Bargain Day on the Street of Regret (1965) ... George Brewer
 1965 Once Upon a Tractor (Short)
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mark Vronis
- King of the Hill (1964) ... Mark Vronis
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Karl Hesse
- The World I Want (1964) ... Karl Hesse
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Herbert B. Warick / Samuel Grafton
- Bridge Party (1961) ... Herbert B. Warick
- A Kettle of Precious Fish (1961) ... Samuel Grafton
 1961 Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed (TV Movie)
Judge Dundy
 1961 Festival (TV Series)
Moreen / King Henry VIII
- The Pupil (1961) ... Moreen
- Royal Gambit (1961) ... King Henry VIII
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Frank Ivy
- The Newborn (1961) ... Frank Ivy
 1961 The Witness (TV Series)
Jimmy Hines
- Jimmy Hines (1961) ... Jimmy Hines
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
King Herod
- Emmanuel (1960) ... King Herod
 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer
Dr. Hockstader
 1959 The Wonderful Country
Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker
 1959 Middle of the Night
Walter Lockman
 1959 These Thousand Hills
Marshal Conrad
 1959 The Sound and the Fury
Earl Snopes
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Pearson
- No Deadly Medicine (1959) ... Dr. Joseph Pearson
 1958 Machete
Don Luis Montoya
 1958 Folio (TV Series)
Willie Loman
- Death of a Salesman (1958) ... Willie Loman
 1957-1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Joe Keller / Willy Loman
- All My Sons (1958) ... Joe Keller
- Death of a Salesman (1957) ... Willy Loman
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Otto Flagler
- High Swing (1958) ... Otto Flagler
 1957 She Devil
Dr. Richard Bach
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
- Fear Is the Hunter (1956) ... Brewster
 1955-1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Mr. Anderson / Maj. Tobey
- Flight (1956) ... Mr. Anderson
- The Answer (1955) ... Maj. Tobey
 1955 Illegal
Frank Garland
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Dr. G.E. Soberin
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 East of Eden
Will Hamilton
 1954 The Silver Chalice
 1952 Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
Lloyd Slocum
 1952 Studio One (TV Series)
Billy Bones
- Treasure Island (1952) ... Billy Bones
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- The Housekeeper (1952)
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1951 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Clyde Rochester
- Susan and God (1951) ... Clyde Rochester
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Housekeeper (1951)
 1951 As Young as You Feel
Louis McKinley
 1951 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
- Broken Promises (1951)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
George Washington
- Valley Forge (1951) ... George Washington
 1950 The Furies
Mr. Reynolds
 1950 Destination Murder
 1950 Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (segment "The Human Touch")
- The Human Touch/The Assassin (1950) ... (segment "The Human Touch")
 1950 The Kid from Texas
Alexander Kain
 1949 Search for Danger
 1949 Bride of Vengeance
 1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Mr. Trask
 1948 Lulu Belle
Mark Brady
 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
Edward Leverett
 1947 Gentleman's Agreement
John Minify
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
Gibson Hart
 1947 Cass Timberlane
Boone Havock
 1947 The Pretender
Kenneth Holden
 1947 Wyoming
Duke Lassiter
 1947 Slave Girl
 1947 California
Mr. Pike
 1946 The Killers
Big Jim Colfax
 1946 Suspense
Frank Leonard
 1946 The French Key
Johnny Fletcher
 1945 Hold That Blonde!
Police Inspector Callahan
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Joe Cadden
 1945 Salome, Where She Danced
Von Bohlen
 1944 Experiment Perilous
 1944 The Hitler Gang
Narrator (uncredited)
 1943 The Woman of the Town
Bat Masterson
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Jim 'Hunk' Gardner
 1943 The Kansan
Steve Barat
 1943 Buckskin Frontier
Gideon Skene
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Albert Dekker (uncredited)
 1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon
Gaston Le Blanc
 1942 The Forest Rangers
Twig Dawson
 1942 Wake Island
Shad McClosky
 1942 Night in New Orleans
Police Lieutenant William Richards
 1942 In Old California
Britt Dawson
 1942 Yokel Boy
'Buggsy' Malone
 1942 The Lady Has Plans
Baron Von Kemp
 1941 Among the Living
John Raden / Paul Raden
 1941 Buy Me That Town
Louie Lanzer
 1941 Honky Tonk
Brazos Hearn
 1941 Reaching for the Sun
 1941 You're the One
Luke Laramie
 1941 Blonde Inspiration
Phil Hendricks
 1940 Seven Sinners
Dr. Martin
 1940 Rangers of Fortune
George Bird
 1940 Dr. Cyclops
Dr. Thorkel
 1940 Strange Cargo
 1939 The Great Commandment
 1939 Beau Geste
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
Louis XIII
 1939 Hotel Imperial
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1939 Never Say Die
Kidley's Second (uncredited)
 1939 Paris Honeymoon
Amorous Drunk (uncredited)
 1938 The Last Warning
Higgs the Butler
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Comte de Provence (as Albert Van Dekker)
 1938 Extortion
Jeffrey Thompson (as Albert Van Dekker)
 1938 The Lone Wolf in Paris
Marquis Louis de Meyerson
 1937 She Married an Artist
Whitney Holton (as Albert van Dekker)
 1937 The Great Garrick
LeBrun (as Albert Van Dekker)
 1935 The Lady in Black (Short) (as Albert Van Dekker)
 1933 Fifi (Short) (as Albert van Dekker)
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Stage: Appeared (credited as Albert Van Dekker; as "A Mahometan Captain of Ghazan's Army" / "Boatswain") in "Marco Millions" on Broadway. Comedy (revival). Written by Eugene O'Neill. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Liberty Theatre: 3 Mar 1930-Mar 1930 (closing date unknown/8 performances). Cast: Walter Coy (as "A Dominican Monk"), John ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Albert Decker | Albert Van Dekker | Albert van Dekker


6' 2" (1.88 m)


Teresa Esther Guerini  (divorced)  (3 children)

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The theater is a horrible place in which to make a living. They sit you on the shelf for years. They take you off and brush you off and later you have to find your way back to that shelf.


In 1940, he hired modernist Los Angeles architect Rudolf Schindler to design and build a house for him and his wife Esther in Canoga Park, California. In the late 1940s, the house was sold to screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides. See more »

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