John Dierkes

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)
Birthday: Feb 10, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
An economics major at the Brown University and the University of Chicago, cadaverous character actor John Dierkes spent the 1930s as an ad-copy writer and as head of an independent polling service. After serving with the Red Cross in World War II, Dierkes worked for the U.S. Treasury; it was in this capacity that he was sent to Hollywood in 1946 to act as technical advisor for MGM's To the Ends of the Earth. A talent scout for Orson Welles spotted Dierkes and convinced him to audition for the part of Ross in Welles' upcoming film version of MacBeth. Dierkes won the part, and remained in Hollywood for the next two decades. He went on to critical acclaim as the Tall Soldier in John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage (1951), topping this assignment with his best screen role, that of "Morgan" in George Stevens' Shane (1953). Suffering from emphysema, John Dierkes gradually cut down on his film and TV appearances in the 1970s; he was last seen in a fleeting role in the Stanley Kramer production Oklahoma Crude (1973).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude Farmer 1973
No Score Yet Rage Bill Parker 1972
63% The Omega Man Family Member 1971
No Score Yet Johnny Cool Cripple 1963
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes Preacher 1963
71% The Haunted Palace Jacob West 1963
56% The Premature Burial Sweeney 1962
100% The Comancheros Bill 1961
57% One-Eyed Jacks Barber/Photographer 1961
50% The Alamo Jocko Robertson 1960
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree Society Red 1959
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Deacon 1958
89% The Left Handed Gun McSween 1958
No Score Yet Valerie Bartender (uncredited) 1957
No Score Yet Daughter of Dr. Jekyll Jacob 1957
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand Reverend 1957
No Score Yet The Buckskin Lady Swanson 1957
100% Jubal Carson 1956
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Bursar 1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode Blacksmith 1954
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Sir Tristram 1954
86% The Naked Jungle Gruber 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Cpl. Deane 1954
No Score Yet Passion Escobar 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Sheriff Daws 1953
63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Batley 1953
97% Shane Morgan 1953
No Score Yet Plymouth Adventure Greene 1952
No Score Yet Les Miserables Bosun 1952
No Score Yet The Sellout Big Jake 1952
No Score Yet Three Husbands Warden 1951
83% The Red Badge of Courage The Tall Soldier 1951
88% The Thing from Another World Dr. Chapman 1951
88% Macbeth Ross 1950


No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Ace Dahoma Rydell
  • 1973
  • 1957
  • 1956
No Score Yet Bonanza
Pat McLaughlin
  • 1959


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