Albert Dekker

Actor, Director, Lecturer
A hard-working character actor, Albert Dekker had few opportunities to play the lead in a career that spanned four decades and amassed over 70 motion pictures. After spending a decade on stage in New York, Dekker made ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Pat Harrigan (Actor)

Gamera 1967 (Movie)

Secretary of Defense (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

Lockman (Actor)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

Dr Hockstader (Actor)

The Sound and the Fury 1959 (Movie)

Earl Snopes (Actor)

The Wonderful Country 1958 (Movie)

Captain Rucker (Actor)

These Thousand Hills 1958 (Movie)

Conrad (Actor)

Machete 1957 (Movie)

Don Luis Montoya (Actor)

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

Will Hamilton (Actor)

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

Frank Garland (Actor)

Kiss Me Deadly 1955 (Movie)

Dr Soberin (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Kester (Actor)

As Young As You Feel 1950 (Movie)

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California 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

John Minify (Actor)

The Pretender 1947 (Movie)

Kenneth Holden (Actor)

In Old Oklahoma 1942 (Movie)

Jim 'Hunk' Gardner (Actor)

The Kansan 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Woman of the Town 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Old California 1941 (Movie)

Britt Dawson (Actor)

Once Upon a Honeymoon 1941 (Movie)

LeBlanc (Actor)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Dr. Martin (Actor)

Strange Cargo 1939 (Movie)

Moll (Actor)

Beau Geste 1938 (Movie)

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The Man in the Iron Mask 1938 (Movie)

King Louis XIII (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 1937 (Movie)

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Biography

A hard-working character actor, Albert Dekker had few opportunities to play the lead in a career that spanned four decades and amassed over 70 motion pictures. After spending a decade on stage in New York, Dekker made his way to Hollywood where he landed supporting parts in "The Great Commandment" (1939), "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1939) and "Strange Cargo" (1940). But it was his turn as the mad scientist in the camp classic "Dr. Cyclops" (1940) that brought him wider recognition, leading to larger roles in "Once Upon a Honeymoon" (1942), "In Old California" (1942) and "Wake Island" (1942). Following a brief stint in politics where he represented the 57th district in the California State Assembly, Dekker delivered his most memorable character turns in "The Killers" (1946), "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "East of Eden" (1955) and "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955). By the end of the 1950s, his film career began to wane, leading to a necessary switch to the small screen. Dekker found new life as a guest star on shows like "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC, 1964-68) and "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973). He returned to features with a small, but crucial supporting role in "The Wild Bunch" (1969), only to become the victim of a horrific accident when he was found in his bathtub following his death from autoerotic asphyxiation. His sordid death sparked rumors of foul play, though in the end it simply put an abrupt end to a productive but unremarkable career.

EDUCATION

Bowdoin College

Brunswick , Maine

Milestones

1937

Screen acting debut

1927

Stage acting debut

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