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John Vernon


B: February 24, 1932 in Zehner, Saskatchewan
D: February 2, 2005 in Los Angeles, California

John Vernon started out in life as Adolphus Raimundus Vernon Agopsowicz. His background in theatre led to a lengthy and prolific career as a character actor who often played villains, morally-bankrupt government officials and uncommonly heartless authority figures. His acting career began under the direction of Rev. Arthur Nelson, S.J., at Campion College after attending St. Joseph’s School. He also studied under Mary Ellen Burgess at the Regina Little Theatre. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, England, and with the Hornchurch Repertory Company near London. He returned to Canada and appeared at the Stratford Festival and in Toronto in theatre, radio and television. He left the Broadway production of Royal Hunt of the Sun in 1966 when he was cast to play the title role of Wojeck, his most popular television series. He made his US film debut in John Boorman’s classic Point Blank, as a trusted friend who betrays Lee Marvin. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Regina in 1976.

Also see: Kate Vernon
Also see: Nan Vernon

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964)
Point Blank (1967)
Trial Run (TV-1969)
Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here (1969)
Trial Run (TV-1969)
Justine (1969)
Topaz (1969)

Dirty Harry (1971)
Escape (TV-1971)
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Journey (1972)
Fear is the Key (1972)
Face-Off (1972)
Cool Million (TV-1972)
The Quester Tapes (TV-1973)
Hunter (TV-1973)
Charley Varrick (1973)
W (1974)
The Virginia Hill Story (TV-1974)
Sweet Movie (1974)
Mousey (TV-1974)
The Black Windmill (1974)
Matt Helm (TV-1975)
The Impostor (TV-1975)
Brannigan (1975)
The Swiss Family Robinson (TV-1975)
Barbary Coast (TV-1975)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Uncanny (1977)
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (TV-1977)
Golden Rendezvous (also titled Nuclear Terror – 1977)
Una Giornata Particolare (also titled The Great Day, or A Special Day – 1977)
Angela (1977)
National Lampoon`s Animal House (1978)
The Sacketts (TV-1979)

The Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats (1980)
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
Fantastica (1980)
It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980)
Heavy Metal (voice – 1982)
Double Exposure (1982)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Chained Heat (1983)
Curtains (1983)
Savage Streets (1984)
Jungle Warriors (1984)
Louisiana (TV-1984)
Le Sang des Autres (also titled The Blood of Others, TV-1984)
Fraternity Vacation (1985)
Doin’ Time (1985)
Object of Desire (1987)
Nightstick (1987)
Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
Blue Monkey (1987)
Terminal Exposure (1987)
Warbus 2 (1987)
Two Men (TV-1988)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Deadly Stranger (also titled Border Heat, 1988)
I’m Gonna Git you Sucka (1988)
Hostile Takeover (1988)
Dixie Lanes (1988)
Deadly Stranger (1988)
Afghanistan Connection (1988)
W.B.Blue and The Bean (also titled, Bail Out – 1989)

Mob Story (1990)
The Woman Who Sinned (TV-1991)
Wojeck (TV-1992)
The Naked Truth (1992)
You and Me and It (TV-1993)
The Fire Next Time (also titled American Inferno, TV-1993)
Paris or Somewhere (TV-1994)
The Forget-me-not Murders (TV-1994)
Hostage for a Day (TV-1994)
Sodbusters (TV-1994)
Malicious (1995)
The Gnomes Great Adventure (voice – 1995)
Family of Cops (TV-1995)

Stageghost (2000)
Sorority Boys (2002)
Warrior Angels (2002)
Welcome to America (2002)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (voice, VR-2003)
Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update (VR-2003)

TV Series – Cast:
Wojeck (1966)

Delta House (1979)

The Blue and the Gray (mini-series, 1982)
Hail to the Chief (1985)

Batman: The Animated Series (voice 1992)
Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993)
Matrix (voice – 1993)
The Incredible Hulk (voice, 1996)

The Uncanny, movie, poster,
This poster ws scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.