Contents 1 Early life and career 2 Personal life 2.1 Politics 3 Death 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 External links


Early life and career[edit] He was born Thomas Albert Ecke Van Dekker in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Thomas and Grace Ecke Van Dekker. He attended Richmond Hill High School, where he appeared in stage productions. He then attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in pre-med with plans to become a doctor. On the advice of a friend, he decided to pursue acting as a career instead. He made his professional acting debut with a Cincinnati stock company in 1927. Within a few months, Dekker was featured in the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's play Marco Millions.[1] Dekker as Dr. Alexander Thorkel in the 1940 film Dr. Cyclops After a decade of theatrical appearances, Dekker transferred to Hollywood in 1937 and made his first film, 1937's The Great Garrick.[2] He spent most of the rest of his acting career in the cinema but also returned to the stage from time to time. He replaced Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman in the original production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and during a five-year stint back on Broadway in the early 1960s, he played the Duke of Norfolk in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. Dekker appeared in some seventy films from the 1930s to the 1960s, but his four most famous screen roles were as a mad scientist in the 1940 horror film Dr. Cyclops, as a criminal mastermind in The Killers, as a dangerous dealer in atomic fuel in the 1955 film noir Kiss Me Deadly, and as an unscrupulous railroad detective in Sam Peckinpah's Western The Wild Bunch. In 1959 he played a convincing Texas Ranger Captain Rucker in The Wonderful Country. He was rarely cast in romantic roles, but in the film Seven Sinners, featuring a romance between Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne, Dietrich sails off with Dekker's character at the end of the film. Dekker's role as Pat Harrigan in The Wild Bunch would be his last screen appearance.


Personal life[edit] On April 4, 1929, Dekker married former actress Esther Guerini. The couple had two sons, John and Benjamin, and a daughter, Jan, before divorcing in 1964.[3][4] In April 1957, Dekker's 16-year-old son, John, shot himself with a .22 rifle at the family's home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He had reportedly been working on a silencer for the rifle for a year. His death was ruled accidental.[4] Politics[edit] Dekker's off-screen interest in politics led to his winning a seat in the California State Assembly for the 57th Assembly District in 1944. Dekker served as a Democratic member for the Assembly until 1946.[5] During the McCarthy era he was an outspoken critic of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy's tactics. As a result, Dekker was blacklisted in Hollywood and spent most of the blacklist period working on Broadway rather than Hollywood.[6]


Death[edit] On May 5, 1968, Dekker was found dead in his Hollywood home by his fiancée, fashion model and future Love Boat creator Jeraldine Saunders. He was naked, kneeling in the bathtub, with a noose tightly wrapped around his neck and looped around the shower curtain rod. He was blindfolded, his wrists were handcuffed, there was a ball gag in his mouth, and two hypodermic needles were inserted in one arm. His body was covered in explicit words and drawings in red lipstick.[7] Money and camera equipment were missing, but there was no sign of forced entry. The coroner found no evidence of foul play and ruled his death accidental, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation.[6][8] Dekker was cremated, and his remains interred at the Garden State Crematory in North Bergen, New Jersey.[9] Dekker has a star, in the motion picture category, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6620 Hollywood Boulevard.[10]


Selected filmography[edit] Film Year Title Role Notes 1937 The Great Garrick M. LeBrun Credited as Albert Van Dekker 1937 She Married an Artist Whitney Holton 1938 Extortion Jeffrey Thompson Credited as Albert Van Dekker 1938 The Lone Wolf in Paris Marquis Louis de Meyerson 1938 Marie Antoinette Comte de Provence Credited as Albert Van Dekker 1938 The Last Warning Higgs the Butler 1939 Paris Honeymoon Amorous Drunk Uncredited 1939 Hotel Imperial Sergeant Uncredited 1939 Never Say Die Kidley's Second Uncredited 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask Louis XIII 1939 Beau Geste Legionnaire Schwartz 1939 The Great Commandment Longinus 1940 Strange Cargo Moll With Clark Gable and Joan Crawford 1940 Dr. Cyclops Dr. Thorkel 1940 Rangers of Fortune George Bird 1940 Seven Sinners Dr. Martin With John Wayne. Alternative title: Cafe of the Seven Sinners 1941 Blonde Inspiration Phil Hendricks 1941 You're the One Luke Laramie 1941 Reaching for the Sun Herman 1941 Honky Tonk Brazos Hearn With Clark Gable and Lana Turner 1941 Buy Me That Town Louie Lanzer 1941 Among the Living John Raden / Paul Raden 1942 The Lady Has Plans Baron Von Kemp 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm Himself Uncredited 1942 Yokel Boy 'Buggsy' Malone 1942 In Old California Britt Dawson With John Wayne 1942 Night in New Orleans Police Lieutenant William Richards 1942 Wake Island Shad McClosky 1942 The Forest Rangers Twig Dawson 1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon Gaston Le Blanc 1943 Buckskin Frontier Gideon Skene 1943 The Kansan Steve Barat 1943 In Old Oklahoma Jim "Hunk" Gardner With John Wayne. Alternative title: War of the Wildcats 1943 The Woman of the Town Bat Masterson With Claire Trevor as Dora Hand 1944 The Hitler Gang Narrator Uncredited 1944 Experiment Perilous 'Clag' Claghorne 1945 Salome Where She Danced Von Bohlen 1945 Incendiary Blonde Joe Cadden 1945 Hold That Blonde Police Inspector Callahan 1946 The French Key Johnny Fletcher 1946 Suspense Frank Leonard 1946 The Killers Big Jim Colfax Alternative title: A Man Alone 1946 Two Years Before the Mast Brown 1947 California Mr. Pike 1947 Slave Girl Pasha 1947 Wyoming Duke Lassiter 1947 The Pretender Kenneth Holden 1947 Cass Timberlane Boone Havock 1947 The Fabulous Texan Gibson Hart 1947 Gentleman's Agreement John Minify with Gregory Peck and Celeste Holm 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek Edward Leverett 1948 Lulu Belle Mark Brady 1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain Mr. Trask 1949 Bride of Vengeance Vanetti 1949 Search for Danger Kirk 1950 The Kid from Texas Alexander Kain 1950 Destination Murder Armitage 1950 The Furies Mr. Reynolds 1951 As Young as You Feel Louis McKinley 1952 Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie Lloyd Slocum 1954 The Silver Chalice Kester 1955 East of Eden Will Hamilton with James Dean 1955 Kiss Me Deadly Dr. G.E. Soberin 1955 Illegal Frank Garland 1957 She Devil Dr. Richard Bach 1958 Machete Don Luis Montoya 1959 The Sound and the Fury Earl Snopes 1959 These Thousand Hills Marshal Conrad 1959 Middle of the Night Walter Lockman with Fredric March and Kim Novak 1959 The Wonderful Country Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader 1965 Once Upon a Tractor Colonel Short 1966 Gammera: The Invincible Secretary of Defense 1967 Come Spy with Me Walter Ludeker 1969 The Wild Bunch Pat Harrigan (final film role) Television Year Title Role Notes 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse George Washington Episode: "Valley Forge" 1952 Studio One Billy Bones Episode: "Treasure Island" 1955 Goodyear Television Playhouse Episode: "The Chivington Raid" 1956 Climax! Brewster Episode: "Fear Is the Hunter" 1959 Decoy Otto Flagler Episode: "High Swing" 1960 The Witness Jimmy Hines Episode: "Jimmy Hines" 1961 Route 66 Frank Ivy Episode: "The Newborn" 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Karl Hesse Episode: "The World I Want" 1965 Seaway Captain Marland Episode: "The 34th Man" 1965 Rawhide Josh Breeden & Jonas Bolt Episodes: Josh & Crossing at White Feather 1965 The Trials of O'Brien George Brewer Episode: "Bargain Day on the Street of Regret" 1966 Mission: Impossible Colonel Shtemenko Episode: "The Short Tail Spy" 1966 Death of a Salesman Uncle Ben CBS-TV production 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Harry Beldon Episode: "The Summit-Five Affair" 1968 Run for Your Life Sir Harry Hiller Episode: "A Dangerous Proposal" 1968 Bonanza Barney Sturgess Episode: "The Bottle Fighter" 1968 I Spy Indris Episode: "Shana"


References[edit] ^ Burroughs Hannsberry, Karen (2003). Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir. McFarland & Company. p. 192. ISBN 0-786-41484-7.  ^ Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the Silent Era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 187. ISBN 1-55783-551-9.  ^ "Actor Divorced". Reading Eagle. February 19, 1964. p. 42. Retrieved January 13, 2013.  ^ a b "Actor's Son Shot Dead; John Dekker, 16, Found Slain in Westchester Home". The New York Times. April 19, 1957. p. 15.  ^ "Autopsy Performed on Actor Albert Dekker". The Los Angeles Times. May 7, 1968. p. 19.  ^ a b Hare, William (2008). L.A. Noir: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels. McFarland. p. 143. ISBN 0-786-43740-5.  ^ Rutledge, Leigh W. (1989). The Gay Fireside Companion. Alyson Publications, Inc. p. 110.  ^ Parish, James Robert (2002). The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More Than 125 American Movie and TV Idols. Contemporary Books. p. 260. ISBN 0-8092-2227-2.  ^ "Dekker's Death Accidental, Tentative Ruling Declares". The New York Times. May 9, 1968.  ^ "Hollywood Star Walk: Albert Dekker". latimes.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 


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