John Dierkes

Birthday:
02/10/1905
Place of birth:
Cincinnati - Ohio - USA:
Biography:
Dierkes was born on February 10, 1905 in 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 Red Cross and served in the Britain duringWorld War II. There he met director John Huston who recommended that he try Hollywood after the war. Instead, Dierkes went to work for the U.S. Treasury Department which coincidentally sent him to Hollywood to function as technical advisor for the film To the Ends of the Earth (1948). Because of his appearance and very tall frame (6 feet, 6 inches), Dierkes enjoyed a long career as a character actor, often portraying villains or soldiers. In the 1953 film Shane, Dierkes portrays villain Morgan Ryker, who is the last man shot by the title character, Shane, in the final bar room shootout. One of his more memorable scenes is in the 1960 film, The Alamo. Dierkes portrays a Tennessean named Jocko, who is torn between leaving before the attack to care for his blind wife, or staying to support the Texans' cause. Understanding that if Jocko stays to fight she will likely be widowed, Jocko's wife coaxes him to stay and defend the fort, despite her disability. Dierkes died in 1975 of emphesyma and was survived by his wife Cynthia, two sons, and two daughters.

Credits

Rage (1972)
as Bill Parker
The Omega Man (1971)
as Family Member
Johnny Cool (1963)
as Cripple
The Haunted Palace (1963)
as Benjamin West / Mr. West
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
as Preacher (uncredited)
The Raven (1963)
as Roderick Craven
The Premature Burial (1962)
as Sweeny
The Comancheros (1961)
as Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
The Alamo (1960)
as Jocko Robertson
The Oregon Trail (1959)
as Gabe Hastings
The Hanging Tree (1959)
as Society Red
The Buccaneer (1958)
as Deacon
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
as McSween
Touch of Evil (1958)
as Policeman (uncredited)
Valerie (1957)
as Bartender
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)
as Jacob
Duel at Apache Wells (1957)
as Bill Sowers
Jubal (1956)
as Carson - Horgan Rider
The Vanishing American (1955)
as Freil
Betrayed Women (1955)
as Cletus Ballard
Not as a Stranger (1955)
as Bursar
The Raid (1954)
as Cpl. Fred Deane
The Desperado (1954)
as Police Sergeant
The Naked Jungle (1954)
as Gruber
The Moonlighter (1953)
as Sheriff Daws
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
as Batley
Shane (1953)
as Morgan Ryker
Silver City (1951)
as Arnie
The Thing from Another World (1951)
as Dr. Chapman
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Macbeth (1948)
as Ross

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