John Dierkes

John Dierkes

  • Born on
    • February 10th, 1905
  • Died on
    • January 8th, 1975
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.

Starring John Dierkes on Plex


Acting (26 Credits)

1972Rage as Bill Parker
1971The Omega Man as Family Member
1963The Haunted Palace as Benjamin West / Jacob West (as John Dierkies)
1963The Raven as Roderick Craven
1963X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as Preacher (uncredited)
1963Johnny Cool as Cripple
1962The Premature Burial as Sweeny
1961One-Eyed Jacks as Chet
1961The Comancheros as Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
1960The Alamo as Jocko Robertson
1959The Hanging Tree as Society Red
1958The Left Handed Gun as McSween
1958The Buccaneer as Deacon
1958Touch of Evil as Policeman (uncredited)
1957Daughter of Dr. Jekyll as Jacob
1957The Guns of Fort Petticoat as Texas Storekeeper (uncredited)
1956Jubal as Carson - Horgan Rider
1955Not as a Stranger as Bursar
1954The Naked Jungle as Gruber
1954The Raid as Cpl. Fred Deane
1953The Moonlighter as Sheriff Daws
1953Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Batley
1953Shane as Morgan Ryker
1951The Red Badge of Courage as Jim Conklin - the Tall Soldier
1951The Thing from Another World as Dr. Chapman
1948Macbeth as Ross

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