John Vernon

Actor
Prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who convinces as crafty villains, morally bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and TV since the 1960s. Vernon has been directed by some ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1932 in Zehner, Saskatchewan, CA

Filmography

Actor (94)

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman 2002 (Movie)

of Rupert Thorne (Voice)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Acapulco H.E.A.T. 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Doogie Howser, M.D. 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Family of Cops 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Legend 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Malicious 1995 (Movie)

Detective Pronzini (Actor)

Matrix 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Rewrite For Murder 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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War of the Worlds 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

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B-Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Bail Out 1989 (Movie)

Mr Ridgeway (Actor)

Mob Story 1989 (Movie)

Don Luciano (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Mr Big (Actor)

Killer Klowns From Outer Space 1988 (Movie)

Officer Mooney (Actor)

Sledge Hammer! 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The New Adventures of Beans Baxter 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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War Bus Commando 1988 (Movie)

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Blue Monkey 1987 (Movie)

Roger Levering (Actor)

Deadly Stranger 1987 (Movie)

Mitchell (Actor)

Dixie Lanes 1987 (Movie)

Elmer Sinclair (Actor)

Double Exposure 1987 (Movie)

Karrothers (Actor)

Ernest Goes to Camp 1987 (Movie)

Sherman Krader (Actor)

Office Party 1987 (Movie)

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Wildfire 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Fuzzbucket 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Nightstick 1986 (Movie)

Adam Beardsley (Actor)

Fraternity Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Chief Ferret (Actor)

Hail to the Chief 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Doin' Time 1984 (Movie)

Big Mac (Actor)

Savage Streets 1984 (Movie)

Principal Underwood (Actor)

Angela 1983 (Movie)

Ben Kincaid (Actor)

Curtains 1983 (Movie)

Jonathan Stryker (Actor)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Dr Stone (Actor)

Chained Heat 1982 (Movie)

Warden Backman (Actor)

Jungle Warriors 1982 (Movie)

Vito (Actor)

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

Prindle (Actor)

The Kinky Coaches and the Pom-Pom Pussycats 1980 (Movie)

Malone (Actor)

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

Dean Vernon Wormer (Actor)

A Special Day 1976 (Movie)

Emanuele (Actor)

Golden Rendezvous 1976 (Movie)

Luis Carreras (Actor)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

The Uncanny 1976 (Movie)

Pomeroy (Actor)

Brannigan 1975 (Movie)

Larkin (Actor)

Matt Helm 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Barbary Coast 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Imposter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Swiss Family Robinson 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

McKee (Actor)

W 1974 (Movie)

Arnie Felson (Actor)

Charley Varrick 1973 (Movie)

Maynard Boyle (Actor)

Cool Million 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Fear Is the Key 1973 (Movie)

Vyland (Actor)

Hunter 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Sweet Movie 1973 (Movie)

Mr Kapital (Actor)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Escape 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Journey 1971 (Movie)

Boulder Allin (Actor)

One More Train to Rob 1970 (Movie)

Timothy X Nolan (Actor)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

Nessim (Actor)

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 1969 (Movie)

Hacker (Actor)

Topaz 1969 (Movie)

Rico Parra (Actor)

Trial Run 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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Point Blank 1967 (Movie)

Mal Reese (Actor)

Escape (Movie)

Charles Walding (Actor)

Hostage For a Day (TV Show)

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Marker (TV Show)

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Matt Helm (Movie)

Harry Paine (Actor)

Mousey (TV Show)

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Princess in Love (TV Show)

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Seek and Destroy (TV Show)

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Sodbusters (TV Show)

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The Fire Next Time (TV Show)

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The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV Show)

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The Hunter (Movie)

David Hunter/Praetorius (Actor)

The Questor Tapes (TV Show)

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The Virginia Hill Story (TV Show)

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The Woman Who Sinned (TV Show)

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Biography

Prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who convinces as crafty villains, morally bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and TV since the 1960s. Vernon has been directed by some stellar filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock ("Topaz" 1969), George Cukor ("Justine" 1969), Don Siegel ("Dirty Harry" 1971), and Clint Eastwood ("The Outlaw Josey Wales" 1975).

Relationships

Nancy Vernon

Wife

Kate Vernon

Daughter
worked regularly in Hollywood films and TV since the 1980s

EDUCATION

Campian College

The Banff School of Fine Arts

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England
attended on scholarship

Milestones

1978

Reprised the role of Dean Wormer for the TV spin-off "Delta House"

1978

Widely seen as Dean Vernon Wormer in "Animal House"

1968

US TV-movie debut, "Trial Run"

1964

Returned to the screen in "Nobody Waved Good-Bye", the first feature produced by the National Film Board of Canada

1956

Feature acting debut (voice only), Big Brother in "1984"

Worked with various British repertory companies

Starred in "Wojeck", a highly regarded Canadian TV series

Broadway debut, "The Royal Hunt of the Sun"

Began working regularly in Canadian TV, specializing in Shakespeare, and in stage productions

Returned to Canada

Acted on the Canadian stage with amateur theatrical groups

Played the recurring role of Number One on "The New Adventures of Beans Baxter", a Fox sitcom

Won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

Bonus Trivia

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Some publicity material gives Vernon's birth place as Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Vernon is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

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Vernon put together and sponsored the Canadian Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition held at the Southwest Museum in LA in 1987.

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