Frank De Kova

Frank De Kova

  • Born on
    • March 17th, 1910
  • Died on
    • October 15th, 1981
Frank DeKova parlayed a sinister scowl, piercing eyes and an all-around menacing attitude into a long career of playing cold-blooded trigger-men, rampaging Indian chiefs, brutal Mexican army officers and the like. So it would probably come as a shock to those who know his work to discover that, before he became an actor, he was--of all things--a schoolteacher. Born in New York in 1910, DeKova gave up teaching for the stage, and played in many Shakespearean productions before getting work on Broadway. One of his first starring roles was in the classic detective play "Detective Story", which got him noticed and brought to Hollywood. He debuted in Viva Zapata! (1952) as the devious Mexican colonel who sets up Zapata's assassination. For the next several years he played an assortment of gangsters, killers, gunfighters and Indians--with time out to play a prehistoric patriarch in Roger Corman's campy Teenage Cave Man (1958)--and did much television work, including a standout job as a Mafia hit-man assigned to kill Elliot Ness in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Untouchables: Part 1 (1959). The role for which he will be most remembered, however, is probably the one that was his most atypical: the scheming, somewhat untrustworthy but very funny Hekawi Chief Wild Eagle, the partner to Forrest Tucker's Sgt. O'Rourke in O'Rourke's various schemes to make money, in the western comedy series F Troop (1965). He showed a previously unknown talent for comedy and managed to steal most of the scenes he was in from such veterans as Tucker and Larry Storch. He died in his sleep in 1981.

Starring Frank De Kova on Plex


Acting (31 Credits)

1982Hey Good Lookin' as Old Vinnie (voice)
1981American Pop as Crisco (voice)
1974Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes as Big Tony (as Frank deKova)
1974Coonskin as Managan (voice) / Ruby (voice)
1973Heavy Traffic as Angelo "Angie" Corleone
1973The Don Is Dead as Giunta
1972The Mechanic as The Man
1965Those Calloways as Nigosh
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as The tormentor
1965F Troop as Chief Wild Eagle
1962Follow That Dream as Jack (as Frank de Kova)
1961Atlantis: The Lost Continent as Sonoy the Astrologer
1960The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond as Syndicate Chairman
1959The Jayhawkers! as Evans
1959Day of the Outlaw as Denver, Bruhn's Gang
1958Teenage Cave Man as The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
1958Machine-Gun Kelly as Harry
1958Apache Territory as Lugo (as Frank deKova)
1958Cowboy as Alcaide
1958The Brothers Karamazov as Capt. Vrublevski
1957Run of the Arrow as Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)
1956The Lone Ranger as Chief Red Hawk (as Frank deKova)
1956The Ten Commandments as Abiram
1955Shack Out on 101 as Prof. Claude Dillon
1955The Man from Laramie as Padre
1954They Rode West as Isatai
1954Drum Beat as Modoc Jim
1953King of the Khyber Rifles as Ali Nur
1953Split Second as Dummy
1953Arrowhead as Chief Chattez
1952Viva Zapata! as Col. Guarjarado


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