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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 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

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Inverness Courier

Inverness Courier
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:05:35 -0800

A gay couple have been left heartbroken after a mix-up forced them to cancel their marriage ceremony at only two days' notice. John Vernon is furious with the Inverness registrar's office after being wrongfully told he would be able to marry his long ...
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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:17:13 -0800

JOHN VERNON: (As Vernon Wormer) One more slip-up, one more mistake, and this fraternity of yours has had it. HAUSMAN: That, of course, was comedy, but what's been going on at the University of Virginia is serious. Last semester, Rolling Stone ...
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:07:02 -0800

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Horncastle News

Horncastle News
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:22:30 -0800

Robert John Vernon, 31, of Main Road, Belchford, near Horncastle, admitted assaulting Charlotte Temple, Ben Lambert and PC Gary Young, as well as possessing two grams of cocaine on November 29, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.
Log Cabin Democrat
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:22:30 -0800

Her other brothers were the late Ferrell, Eldridge and John Vernon Harrington. She can scarcely pass up the opportunity to talk about her brothers, particularly Eldridge, who died serving in the Korean War. The Army Reserve Center in Conway is named ...

Southeast Texas Record

Southeast Texas Record
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:28:20 -0800

A Panola County man is suing over claims he was unlawfully forced to quit his job in the Panola County Sheriff's Office. PanolaSheriff John Vernon Hearnsberger filed a lawsuit Oct. 20 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against ...

Stoke Sentinel

Stoke Sentinel
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:26:20 -0800

Now West Midlands Ambulance Service area manager John Vernon has this afternoon told The Sentinel that the A&E department has experienced an influx of patients today meaning emergency vehicles may be used as interim treatment areas. He said: ...

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Stoke Sentinel
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:30:40 -0800

And to help cope with the backlog of people waiting to be seen on Saturday, West Midlands Ambulance Service agreed to allow patients to remain on board its emergency vehicles. Ambulance service area manager John Vernon was called to the hospital to ...

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