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John Dehner

John Dehner

76 (passed away Feb. 4th, 1992)
Nov. 23rd, 1915
Born in
Staten Island, New York, USA

John Dehner's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Rebel TV Show
The Rebel
Enos TV Show
The Don Knotts Show TV Show
The Don Knotts Show
The Westerner TV Show
The Westerner
Captain Nice TV Show
Captain Nice
Judd for the Defense TV Show
Judd for the Defense
The Tom Ewell Show TV Show
The Tom Ewell Show
The Alaskans TV Show
The Alaskans
Young Maverick TV Show
Young Maverick
McCoy TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Unlike many actors, John Dehner's career didn't begin on the stage or on radio. He started out as an animator for Walt Disney Studios, then worked as a disc jockey and a professional pianist. He made his film debut in 1945, and has appeared in dozens of films. A tall and distinguished looking man with a rich voice and somewhat flamboyant demeanor, Dehner often was cast as an outlaw leader, crooked banker or saloon owner in westerns and adventure films, although he was occasionally cast against type in comedies, and played a crusading newspaper reporter in the TV series "The Roaring 20's" (1960).

  • He once appeared in as many as seven films in one year (1956). Some of these roles were very small, but crucially important to the film (i.e. Mr. Bascombe in _Carousel (1956)_ (qv)).
  • His television appearances in a single year were sometimes just as frequent as his film appearances. In 1959 alone, he made a total of nine guest appearances in several television series being aired at the time.
  • Portrayed Paladin on CBS Radio's "Have Gun, Will Travel" (1958-1960).

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