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John Vernon

John Vernon

72 (passed away Feb. 1st, 2005)
Feb. 24th, 1932
Born in
Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
6' 2"

John Vernon's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Marvel Superheroes TV Show
The Marvel Superheroes
The Fantastic Four TV Show
The Fantastic Four
The Incredible Hulk TV Show
The Incredible Hulk
Movin' On TV Show
Movin' On
Captain America TV Show
Captain America
Acapulco H.E.A.T. TV Show
Acapulco H.E.A.T.
The Sub-Mariner TV Show
The Sub-Mariner
Hulk TV Show
The Oregon Trail TV Show
The Oregon Trail
Wildfire (1986) TV Show
Wildfire (1986)
Delta House TV Show
Delta House
Matrix TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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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 (I) (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).

  • Father of 'Kate Vernon' (qv) and 'Nan Vernon (I)' (qv).
  • Has the unique achievement of having voiced both General Ross and Major Talbot from The Incredible Hulk comics. He played Major Talbot in the 1966 series, _"Hulk" (1966)_ (qv), and General Ross in the 1996 version, _"The Incredible Hulk" (1996)_ (qv).
  • Cousin of Trent Gough.
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)
  • Third cousin of 'Trent Gough' (qv).
  • Father of 'Chris Vernon' (qv).
  • Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
  • 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.

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