Biography

Dierkes was born on February 10, 1905 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Brown University and subsequently went to work as an economist for the United States Department of State. In 1941 he joined the Red Cross and served in the Britain duringWorld War II. There he met director John Huston who recommended that he try Hollywood after the war. Instead, Dierkes went to work for the U.S. Treasury Department which coincidentally sent him to Hollywood to function as technical advisor for the film To the Ends of the Earth (1948). Because of his appearance and very tall frame (6 feet, 6 inches), Dierkes enjoyed a long career as a character actor, often portraying villains or soldiers. In the 1953 film Shane, Dierkes portrays villain Morgan Ryker, who is the last man shot by the title character, Shane, in the final bar room shootout. One of his more memorable scenes is in the 1960 film, The Alamo. Dierkes portrays a Tennessean named Jocko, who is torn between leaving before the attack to care for his blind wife, or staying to support the Texans' cause. Understanding that if Jocko stays to fight she will likely be widowed, Jocko's wife coaxes him to stay and defend the fort, despite her disability. Dierkes died in 1975 of emphesyma and was survived by his wife Cynthia, two sons, and two daughters.

Dierkes was born on February 10, 1905 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Brown University and subsequently went to work as an economist for the United States Department of State. In 1941 he joined the Red Cross and served in the Britain duringWorld War II. There he met director John Huston who recommended that he try Hollywood after the war. Instead, Dierkes went to work for the U.S. Treasury Department which coincidentally sent him to Hollywood to function as technical advisor for the film To the Ends of the Earth (1948). Because of his appearance and very tall frame (6 feet, 6 inches), Dierkes enjoyed a long career as a character actor, often portraying villains or soldiers. In the 1953 film Shane, Dierkes portrays villain Morgan Ryker, who is the last man shot by the title character, Shane, in the final bar room shootout. One of his more memorable scenes is in the 1960 film, The Alamo. Dierkes portrays a Tennessean named Jocko, who is torn between leaving before the attack to care for his blind wife, or staying to support the Texans' cause. Understanding that if Jocko stays to fight she will likely be widowed, Jocko's wife coaxes him to stay and defend the fort, despite her disability. Dierkes died in 1975 of emphesyma and was survived by his wife Cynthia, two sons, and two daughters.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 41

Birthday 1905-02-10

Day of Death 1975-01-08

Place of Birth Cincinnati - Ohio - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1972 Rage as Bill Parker
1971 The Omega Man as Family Member
1963 Johnny Cool as Cripple
1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as Preacher (uncredited)
1963 The Haunted Palace as Benjamin West / Mr. West
1963 The Raven as Roderick Craven
1962 The Premature Burial as Sweeny
1961 The Comancheros as Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
1960 The Alamo as Jocko Robertson
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1959 The Oregon Trail as Gabe Hastings
1959 The Hanging Tree as Society Red
1959 Rawhide (2 episodes)
1958 The Buccaneer as Deacon
1958 The Rifleman (2 episodes)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1958 The Left Handed Gun as McSween
1958 Touch of Evil as Policeman (uncredited)
1957 Valerie as Bartender
1957 Daughter of Dr. Jekyll as Jacob
1957 Duel at Apache Wells as Bill Sowers
1956 State Trooper (1 episode)
1956 Telephone Time (1 episode)
1956 Jubal as Carson - Horgan Rider
1955 The Vanishing American as Freil
1955 Gunsmoke (4 episodes)
1955 Betrayed Women as Cletus Ballard
1955 Not as a Stranger as Bursar
1954 The Raid as Cpl. Fred Deane
1954 Adventures Of The Falcon (1 episode)
1954 The Desperado as Police Sergeant
1954 The Naked Jungle as Gruber
1953 The Moonlighter as Sheriff Daws
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Batley
1953 Shane as Morgan Ryker
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 The Thing from Another World as Dr. Chapman
1951 The Red Badge of Courage
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1948 Macbeth as Ross

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