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John Vernon
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Vernon as The Mayor of San Francisco in Dirty Harry, 1971
Born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz[1]
(1932-02-24)February 24, 1932
Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died February 1, 2005(2005-02-01) (aged 72)
Westwood, California, United States
Cause of death
Complications after
heart surgery
Residence Toluca Lake, California
Nationality Canadian
Education Banff School of Fine Arts
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active 1956–2005
Spouse(s) Nancy West (divorced)
Children Kate Vernon
Nan Vernon
Chris Vernon

John Keith Vernon (February 24, 1932 – February 1, 2005) was a Canadian actor. He made a career in Hollywood after achieving initial television stardom in Canada.

Early life[edit]

Vernon was born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz in Zehner, Saskatchewan,[1] and was baptised at Sacred Heart Catholic parish in the nearby town of Arat. He was one of two sons of Adolf Agopsowicz, a grocer, and his wife Eleonore Krückel (also spelled as Kriekle or Kriekel). Both parents' families emigrated to the Edenwold district in the late 19th century from the Austrian crownland and duchy of Bukovina. He was of Armenian, German, and Polish descent.[2][page needed]

Vernon was educated at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before becoming a live stage actor for CBC Television's dramatic programs. In 1974, he completed a season at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, playing Malvolio.


Early roles[edit]

Vernon made his screen debut in 1956 as the voice of Big Brother in Michael Anderson's film version of George Orwell's 1984 starring Edmond O'Brien. He returned to Canada afterwards and gained film experience appearing on the TV series Tugboat Annie and The Last of the Mohicans.[3]

He made his Broadway debut in 1964 as DeSoto opposite Christopher Plummer and David Carradine in The Royal Hunt of the Sun. During the Golden Age of CBC Drama in the 1960s he co-starred in Edna O'Brien's A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers, opposite Colleen Dewhurst, and in Uncle Vanya, opposite William Hutt and Rita Gam. He appeared in the CBC series Wojeck in the late 1960s, playing a crime-fighting medical examiner but left to further his acting career in the United States.[3]

In 1967, he appeared opposite Lee Marvin in Point Blank. In 1969, he played Cuban revolutionary Rico Parra in Alfred Hitchcock's Cold War-era spy movie Topaz. In 1970, he guest-starred in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Force Of Waves" as Cal Anderson, and he appeared in the two-part episode "The Banker" of The Silent Force in 1971. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he made four appearances over five years on the TV series Mission: Impossible as four different lead villains. In 1974, Vernon turned in a supporting performance in Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night. [3]

In 1971, he played the by-the-book mayor of San Francisco, perpetually frustrated by Clint Eastwood, in the first Dirty Harry movie. He later parodied this role in the premiere episode of Sledge Hammer!. In 1972 he appeared as a villain in the film version of Alistair McLean,s Fear Is The Key. In 1973 he appeared in One More Train to Rob and Charley Varrick. In 1974, he appeared in The Questor Tapes. In 1975, he starred in Brannigan, alongside John Wayne and Richard Attenborough. In 1976, he played Fletcher in Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales.[3]


Vernon played Dean Vernon Wormer of mythical Faber College in Animal House (a role that he would reprise in the short-lived television sequel Delta House). He also played Mr. Prindle in Herbie Goes Bananas and Sherman Krader in Ernest Goes to Camp.[3]

Vernon played "Ted Jarrett" in the season twoThe A-Team episode "Labor Pains" (1983). Vernon also played "Cameron Zachary" in the season two Knight Rider episode "A Good Knight's Work" (1984). Vernon later played "John Bradford Horn" in the season three Airwolf episode "Discovery" (1986). He made light of his villain image in the 1988 Blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. In 1986, he played the Principal in Fuzz Bucket. He played Sergeant Curt Mooney in Killer Klowns from Outer Space and was a lead in the short-lived 1990s series Acapulco H.E.A.T.[3] In Charley Varrick (1973) he plays a mafia boss.

Voice work[edit]

Vernon did extensive voice work. He voiced the Prosecutor on the animated film Heavy Metal. He worked on such animated TV series as The Marvel Super Heroes, Batman: The Animated Series, The Incredible Hulk, Wildfire, Spider-Man, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Delgo.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Vernon was the father of actresses Kate and Nan Vernon, and son Chris Vernon.[1]


Vernon died of complications following heart surgery on February 1, 2005, in Westwood, California. He was cremated after a private funeral service.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Bernstein, Adam (February 4, 2005). "Actor John Vernon, 72; 'Animal House' Dean". The Washington Post. p. B06. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Edenwold Anniversary Committee (1981). Where Aspens Whisper: Edenwold. Edenwold: Edenwold Anniversary Committee. ISBN 9780889252523. OCLC 15879980. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g John Vernon at the Internet Movie Database

External links[edit]

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Bucks County Courier Times
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:10:21 -0700

John Vernon Labor, 38, Bristol, pleaded guilty to simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, small amount of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, related summary offense Feb 15, 2014.

Derby Telegraph

Derby Telegraph
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:37:30 -0700

Derwent chairman John Vernon with Ian Stone and mum Sarah King. Comments (0). MARCH has been a life-changing month for nine-year-old Ian Stone. The youngster, a player with Derwent, is currently in hospital recovering from a partial leg amputation ...
Baltimore City Paper
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:56:15 -0800

In John Boorman's 1967 crime film “Point Blank” Lee Marvin's Walker (just Walker) gets left for dead in the opening minutes. His partner Mal (John Vernon) shoots him to abscond with the score from a recent heist, and he makes off with Walker's wife ...
Goshen News
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:25:55 -0700

... Kaleb Rucker, Benito Rugelio, Kelsey Seddon, Trenton Snyder, Zackary Stauffer, Abigail Strukel, Jacquelyn Stutsman, Shelby Thompson, Cameron Troyer, Dylan Troyer, Antonio Varacalli, John Vernon, Tabitha Wallace, Bethany Watson, Christopher White, ...
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:56:15 -0700

Wisconsin State Trooper John Vernon said, "It's a really good tool you can download on any smart device that allows people to get the facts and information they need to make a responsible decision after drinking." St. Brendan's Inn staff are also ...
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:11:15 -0800

This conclusive year of the regular show includes guest stars such as David Warner, A Martinez, Dana Elcar, Ethan Phillips, Adam West, John Vernon, tennis great Martina Navratilova (as herself), Samantha Eggar, Ray Milland, Soon-Tek Oh, Walker Edmiston ...
Street Report
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:26:15 -0800

[Business Wire] Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) (TREND ANALYSIS), announced Mark E. Morey, president of Dan's Prize, will advance to the role of president of Farmer John (Vernon, Calif.). Morey replaces Greg N. Longstreet, who recently transitioned to ...
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:07:11 -0800

Moustapha Diagne scored 22 points to help Pope John earn a 86-29 victory over Vernon in Sparta. Pope John gained an early lead, outscoring Vernon 32-8 in in the first quarter. Jeromy Rodriguez contributed 17 points, while Damien Rance added 15 points.

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