John Vernon Canadian Actor

John Vernon Canadian Actor

John Vernon Canadian Actor

John Vernon: John Vernon was a prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who made a career out of convincingly playing crafty villains, morally-bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and television since the 1960s. Vernon was 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 (1976)). After training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and honing his skills in Canadian theatre and television, Vernon made his US film debut in John Boorman’s noir/gangster classic Point Blank (1967) as a trusted friend who betrays Lee Marvin. He again failed to inspire confidence as the ineffectual mayor of San Francisco in Dirty Harry (1971).

Vernon may be best remembered as the sinister Dean Vernon Wormer in John Landis’ National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), a role he reprised for the TV spin-off Delta House (1979). This led to more film comedy roles, a highlight being Mr. Big in the blaxploitation spoof I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988).

John Vernon
John Vernon

Dr. John Vernon Trivia

Father of Kate Vernon and Nan Vernon.
Father of Chris Vernon.
I studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Has the unique achievement of having voiced both Gen. Ross and Maj. Talbot from “The Incredible Hulk” comics. He played Maj. Talbot in the 1966 series, Hulk (1966), and Gen.Ross in the 1996 version, The Incredible Hulk (1996).
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)
Of Polish, German and Armenian descent, he was one of two sons born to an immigrant grocer, Adolf Agopsowicz, and wife Eleanore Krückel and baptized at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic parish in the nearby town of Arat, as Adolphus Raimundus Vernon Agopsowicz.
In later years provided voices for many video games.
A third cousin of Trent Gough.
He has appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant: Point Blank (1967), Dirty Harry (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).

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 2008 Delgo
Nohrin Judge (voice)
 2003-2005 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (TV Series)
Warden Toadblatt

– One Crazy Summoner/Guess What’s Coming to the Dinner (2005) … Warden Toadblatt (voice)
– Nigel Planter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets/Circus of Fear (2004) … Warden Toadblatt (voice)
– Toadblatt’s School of Scorcery/Educating Grim/It’s Hokey Mon! (2003) … Warden Toadblatt (voice)
 2005 Area 51 (Video Game)
Additional Voices (voice)
 2004 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (Video Game)
Rhombus / Glowing Ghoul (voice)
 2003 Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (Video short)
Vernon Wormer
 2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (Video)
Rupert Thorne (voice)
 2002 Welcome to America
Det. Golding
 2002 Earth and Beyond (Video Game)
Proconsul Dionysius Kerr (voice)
 2002 Sorority Boys
Old Man
John Vernon Canadian Actor
John Vernon Canadian Actor
 2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge (Video Game) (voice)
 2000 Stageghost
 2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy (Video Game)
Academy Communications Officer / Federation Commander 2 (voice)
 2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Video Game)
Tesla Trooper (voice)
 2000 Forgotten Realms: Baldur’s Gate II – Shadows of Amn (Video Game)
Goldander Blackenrock / Baron Ployer (voice)
 1999 Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure (Video)
Principal Scotti
 1998 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (TV Series)

– Gee, Your Hair Spells Terrific (1998) … Principal (voice)
 1996-1997 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
General Ross

– Mission: Incredible (1997) … General Ross (voice)
– Hulk of a Different Color (1997) … General Ross (voice)
– Darkness and Light: Part 3 (1996) … General Ross (voice)
– Darkness and Light: Part 2 (1996) … General Ross (voice)
– Darkness and Light: Part 1 (1996) … General Ross (voice)
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 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Principal Dinkler

– From Brad to Worse (1997) … Principal Dinkler (voice)
 1997 Adventures in Odyssey: A Twist in Time (Video short)
Mr. Fontaine (voice)
 1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (TV Series)
Shao Kahn

– Overthrown (1996) … Shao Kahn (voice)
– Resurrection (1996) … Shao Kahn (voice)
– Familiar Red (1996) … Shao Kahn (voice)
 1996 Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Doctor Strange

– Sins of the Fathers Chapter 1: Doctor Strange (1996) … Doctor Strange (voice)
 1995 Family of Cops (TV Movie)
Frank Rampola
 1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Clint Murdock / Max Slater

– Final Justice (1995) … Clint Murdock / Max Slater
 1995 Malicious
Detective Pronzini
 1995 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)

– Das Mouse (1995) … Admiral (voice)
 1995 Legend (TV Series)
Seamus Calhoun

– Skeletons in the Closet (1995) … Seamus Calhoun
 1993-1995 Renegade (TV Series)
Capt. Ed McKendrick

– Family Ties (1995)
– Lyon’s Roar (1993) … Capt. Ed McKendrick
 1994 Paris or Somewhere (TV Movie)
Old Mahon
 1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Video Game)
Rupert Thorne (voice)
 1994 Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Dr. Doom

– The Mask of Doom: Part 1 (1994) … Dr. Doom (voice)
 1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Rupert Thorne

– Second Chance (1994) … Rupert Thorne (voice)
– Bane (1994) … Rupert Thorne (voice)
– Paging the Crime Doctor (1993) … Rupert Thorne (voice)
– Shadow of the Bat (1993) … Rupert Thorne (voice)
– The Man Who Killed Batman (1993) … Rupert Thorne (voice)
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 1994 Sodbusters (TV Movie)
Slade Cantrell
 1993-1994 Acapulco H.E.A.T. (TV Series)
Mr. Smith

– Code Name: Assassin (1994) … Mr. Smith
– Code Name: Deep Six (1994) … Mr. Smith
– Code Name: Stalemate: Part 2 (1994) … Mr. Smith
– Code Name: Stalemate – Part 1 (1994) … Mr. Smith
– Code Name: Shamrock (1994) … Mr. Smith (credit only)
Show all 22 episodes
 1994 Hostage for a Day (TV Movie)
V.D. Regan
 1994 The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV Movie)
 1993 Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (TV Series)
Rex Shard

– Chaos in Crystal (1993) … Rex Shard (voice)
 1993 Matrix (TV Series)

– The Yellow Chamber (1993) … Narrator (voice)
– Lapses in Memory (1993) … Narrator (voice)
– Shadows from the Past (1993) … Narrator (voice)
– Conviction of His Courage (1993) … Narrator (voice)
– Love Kills (1993) … Narrator (voice)
Show all 13 episodes
 1993 The Fire Next Time (TV Mini-Series)

– Episode #1.2 (1993) … Boudreaux
 1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)
Hank Bellamy

– Dorky Housecall, M.D. (1993) … Hank Bellamy
 1993 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Dr. Langley Phillips

– Private Sessions (1993) … Dr. Langley Phillips
 1992 Wojeck: Out of the Fire (TV Movie)
Dr. Steve Wojeck
 1992 The Naked Truth
Von Bulo
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Mr. Chalmers

– Seance (1992) … Mr. Chalmers
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
La Farge

– The Martian (1992) … La Farge
 1992 Dinosaurs (TV Series)
Mr. Ashland

– Power Erupts (1992) … Mr. Ashland (voice)
 1991 The Woman Who Sinned (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Girvetz
 1991 Dark Justice (TV Series)
Don Paolo

– Broken Toys (1991) … Don Paolo

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Vernon played Dean Vernon Wormer of fictional Faber College in Animal House (a role that he would reprise in the short-lived television sequel Delta House). He also played Mr. Prindle in Herbie Goes Bananas, Dr. Stone, Ted Striker’s psychiatrist, in Airplane II: The Sequel, and Sherman Krader in Ernest Goes camping. In 1979, Vernon played villainous American bigot Jonathon Pritts in New Mexico who was trying to steal the land from Mexican landowners in the Louis L’Amour story of The Sacketts.

He also appeared in several cult exploitations and action films in the 1980s, most notably Chained Heat, and Savage Streets, both starring Linda Blair, and Jungle Warriors, opposite Sybil Danning. He made light of his villain image in the 1988 Blaxploitation spoof I’m Gonna Git You Sucka: a character thinks Vernon should be “above exploitation films” and Vernon replies that lots of famous actors have done exploitation films, listing Jamie Lee Curtis, Angie Dickinson, and Shelley Winters as examples.

Vernon played “Ted Jarrett” in season two The A-Team episode “Labor Pains” (1983). Vernon also played “Cameron Zachary” in the season two Knight Rider episode “A Good Knight’s Work” (1984). Vernon later played “John Bradford Horn” in the season three Airwolf episode “Discovery” (1986). In 1986, he played the Principal in Fuzz Bucket. He played Sergeant Curt Mooney in Killer Klowns from Outer Space and was a leader in the short-lived 1990s series Acapulco H.E.A.T. In Charley Varrick (1973), he played a mafia boss.

Vernon guest-starred as the grouchy principal Dinkler in “Brad to Worse”, an episode of Duckman on USA Network.

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Vernon made his screen debut in 1956 as the voice of Big Brother in Michael Anderson’s film version of George Orwell’s 1984 starring Edmond O’Brien. He returned to Canada afterward and gained film experience appearing on the TV series Tugboat Annie and The Last of the Mohicans.

He made his Broadway debut in 1964 as DeSoto opposite Christopher Plummer and David Carradine in The Royal Hunt of the Sun. During the Golden Age of CBC Drama in the 1960s, he co-starred in Edna O’Brien’s A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers, opposite Colleen Dewhurst, and in Uncle Vanya, opposite William Hutt and Rita Gam. He appeared in the CBC series Wojeck in the late 1960s, playing a crime-fighting medical examiner, but left to further his acting career in the United States.

In 1967, he appeared opposite Lee Marvin in Point Blank. In 1969, he played Cuban revolutionary Rico Parra in Alfred Hitchcock’s Cold War-era spy movie Topaz. He appeared on The High Chaparral as the leader of a group of striking Irish Miners (1969) in “No Irish Need Apply”. In 1970, he guest-starred in the Hawaii Five-O episode “Force Of Waves” as Cal Anderson, and he appeared in the two-part episode “The Banker” of The Silent Force in 1971. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he made four appearances over five years on the TV series Mission: Impossible as four different lead villains. In 1974, Vernon turned in a supporting performance in Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night.

In 1971, he played the by-the-book mayor of San Francisco, perpetually frustrated by Clint Eastwood, in the first Dirty Harry movie. He later parodied this role in the premiere episode of Sledge Hammer! and One More Train to Rob. In 1972 he appeared as a villain in the Fear Is the Key. In 1973 he appeared in Charley Varrick. In 1974 he co-starred in the film The Black Windmill with Michael Caine and Donald Pleasence. Also in 1974, he appeared in The Questor Tapes. In 1975, he starred in Brannigan, alongside John Wayne and Richard Attenborough. In 1976, he played Fletcher in Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales.


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