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For other people named John Vernon, see John Vernon (disambiguation).
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.

Career[edit]

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 Fear Is the Key. In 1973 he appeared in One More Train to Rob and Charley Varrick.. In 1974 he co starred in the film The Black Windmill with Michael Caine and Donald Pleasance. Also 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]

Villain[edit]

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]

Death[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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E! Online
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:33:45 -0700

When it comes to letting loose, Animal House, for many of us, provided our first lesson on partying. From John Belushi who played the beloved John Blutarsky to John Vernon's role as Dean Vernon Wormer, the head of the fictional Faber College, the ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Tue, 26 May 2015 20:47:13 -0700

With that, Dial-A-Smile placed his arm around the shoulder of the man on his right, leaned over and planted a smacker on the lips of Charlie St John Vernon. As the two middle-aged men embraced, a stunned silence fell across Foley's, broken by the sound ...

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WNDU-TV
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:22:30 -0700

"Speech has correlations to certain problems in the brain, but what's interesting is it's much harder to trick the test, students really can't trick the test," said app developer John Vernon, "their buddies can't tell them the answers on the sidelines ...

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Courier & Press
Tue, 19 May 2015 07:50:51 -0700

Evansville - John Vernon Jackson Jr. on Tuesday was sentenced to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder and other charges related to a four-day crime spree committed in 2013. Last month, Jackson pleaded guilty to the Dec. 22, 2013, murder ...

moviepilot.com

moviepilot.com
Sat, 23 May 2015 19:15:00 -0700

Curtains is a 1983 Canadian slasher film directed by Richard Ciupka, and starring John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson and Lynne Griffin. The plot tells the story of a group of actresses targeted by a masked killer at a prestigious director's ...

Fox11online.com

Fox11online.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 09:47:31 -0700

... will still be out on the highways looking for speeders because although the law is different, until the signs are out here saying 70 miles an hour, the speed limit hasn't changed. “We're still going to continue to enforce the law,” said State ...

PopMatters

PopMatters
Wed, 13 May 2015 02:02:32 -0700

Remember in Point Blank there's a scene where Lee comes to a penthouse and Reese (John Vernon) is in bed with a girl, so he comes holding a gun and drags him out of bed. So going over this scene, he asks “How does he react to this?” and I said “He ...
 
NJ.com
Fri, 08 May 2015 16:48:45 -0700

Justin Provost and Zach Leach each hit three-run home runs to lead Pope John to a 10-5 victory over Vernon in Vernon. Jay Sanford hit two solo home runs and Trevor Beckman added two hits, including a home run, with two RBI and three runs scored for ...
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