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John Vernon

John VernonAKA Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz

Born: 24-Feb-1932
Birthplace: Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 1-Feb-2005
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Complications of Surgery
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Dean Wormer in Animal House

John Vernon was a steely-eyed, pockmarked, mean-looking Canadian actor with a deep, resonant voice, who usually played bad guys. In his film debut, Vernon was unseen, but provided the voice of Big Brother in the 1956 Edmond O'Brien version of Orwell's 1984. In his most famous role, he was the Dean of the fictional Faber College in National Lampoon's Animal House with John Belushi.

On TV, Vernon voiced The Sub-Mariner, a cartoon based on the Marvel comic, and he starred on Canadian TV as Wojeck, a crime-solving coroner long before Quincy or CSI. "I did only 20 episodes of the show as the crusading coroner," he later recalled, "but the reaction was so strong that it reached the attention of some Hollywood producers, who brought me to L.A."

In Clint Eastwood's original Dirty Harry, Vernon played the mayor of San Francisco. He also had supporting roles in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here with Robert Redford, The Outlaw Josey Wales with Eastwood, Airplane II: The Sequel with William Shatner, and Ernest Goes to Camp with Jim Varney.

He received the Animal House role only after Jack Webb turned it down. The film's director, John Landis, said Vernon was delighted to be given a rare chance to do comedy.

"Who dumped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween the trees are filled with underwear, every spring the toilets explode."

Vernon also played Dean Wormer in the short-lived sitcom Delta House, based on Animal House.

He never achieved major stardom, and often chuckled about being mistaken for Richard Burton, Robert Shaw, or Patrick McGoohan. "Everybody's seen my face but nobody's sure who I am. People confuse me with other people and I enjoy that."

Father: Adolf Agopsowicz (grocery store owner-operator)
Mother: Eleonore Krückel (housewife)
Brother: Ernest Christopher Agopsowicz
Wife: Nancy West (model, div., three children)
Son: Grant West (stepson)
Son: Jim West (stepson)
Daughter: Nancy Vernon (singer-guitarist, "Tattoo Tears", b. 7-Oct-1967)
Daughter: Kate Vernon (actress, b. 1961)
Son: Chris Vernon

    University: Banff School of Fine Arts, Alberta, Canada
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

    Acapulco H.E.A.T. Mr. Smith (1993-94)
    Hail to the Chief Gen. Hannibal Stryker (1985)
    Delta House Dean Vernon Wormer (1979)

    Delgo (17-Apr-2008) · Nohrin Judge [VOICE]
    Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (19-Nov-2003) [VOICE]
    Sorority Boys (19-Mar-2002)
    Malicious (Apr-1996)
    Family of Cops (26-Nov-1995)
    Sodbusters (17-Jul-1994)
    Hostage for a Day (25-Apr-1994)
    The Naked Truth (1992)
    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (14-Dec-1988) · Mr. Big
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space (27-May-1988)
    Blue Monkey (Sep-1987)
    Terminal Exposure (16-Jul-1987)
    Ernest Goes to Camp (22-May-1987)
    Doin' Time (19-May-1985)
    Fraternity Vacation (12-Apr-1985)
    Savage Streets (Oct-1984)
    Jungle Warriors (11-May-1984)
    The Blood of Others (2-May-1984)
    Chained Heat (27-May-1983)
    Curtains (4-Mar-1983)
    Airplane II: The Sequel (10-Dec-1982) · Dr. Stone
    The Blue and the Gray (14-Nov-1982)
    Heavy Metal (29-Jul-1981) · Prosecutor [VOICE]
    Herbie Goes Bananas (25-Jun-1980)
    The Sacketts (15-May-1979)
    Animal House (28-Jul-1978) · Dean Vernon Wormer
    Angela (19-Apr-1978)
    Golden Rendezvous (25-Dec-1977)
    Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (5-Oct-1977)
    The Uncanny (24-Aug-1977)
    A Special Day (17-May-1977)
    The Outlaw Josey Wales (30-Jun-1976)
    Brannigan (26-Mar-1975) · Larkin
    The Black Windmill (2-Aug-1974)
    W (Jun-1974)
    Cat and Mouse (9-Mar-1974)
    The Questor Tapes (23-Jan-1974)
    Sweet Movie (1974)
    Charley Varrick (19-Sep-1973) · Maynard Boyle
    Fear Is the Key (1972)
    Dirty Harry (22-Dec-1971) · The Mayor
    One More Train to Rob (19-Feb-1971) · Timothy X. Nolan
    Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (18-Dec-1969) · Hacker
    Topaz (17-Dec-1969) · Rico Parra
    Justine (6-Aug-1969)
    Point Blank (30-Aug-1967) · Mal Reese
    Nobody Waved Goodbye (13-Aug-1964)

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