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Frank De Kova

Actor | * 03/17/1910 († 71, 10/15/1981) | New York - USA
Frank de Kova (March 17, 1910 – October 15, 1981) was an Italian-American character actor in films, stage, and TV. ()

Frank DeKova parlayed a sinister scowl, piercing eyes and an all-around menacing attitude into a long career of playing cold-blooded trigger-men, rampaging Indian chiefs, brutal Mexican army officers and the like. So it would probably come as a shock to those who know his work to discover that, before he became an actor, he was--of all things--a schoolteacher. Born in New York in 1910, DeKova gave up teaching for the stage, and played in many Shakespearean productions before getting work on Broadway. One of his first starring roles was in the classic detective play "Detective Story", which got him noticed and brought to Hollywood. He debuted in Viva Zapata! (1952) as the devious Mexican colonel who sets up Zapata's assassination. For the next several years he played an assortment of gangsters, killers, gunfighters and Indians--with time out to play a prehistoric patriarch in Roger Corman's campy Teenage Cave Man (1958)--and did much television work, including a standout job as a Mafia hit-man assigned to kill Elliot Ness in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Untouchables: Part 1 (1959). The role for which he will be most remembered, however, is probably the one that was his most atypical: the scheming, somewhat untrustworthy but very funny Hekawi Chief Wild Eagle, the partner to Forrest Tucker's Sgt. O'Rourke in O'Rourke's various schemes to make money, in the western comedy series F Troop (1965). He showed a previously unknown talent for comedy and managed to steal most of the scenes he was in from such veterans as Tucker and Larry Storch. He died in his sleep in 1981.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Western | Crime

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Movies with Frank De Kova as Actor(45)

as Old Vinnie (voice)1982 Hey Good Lookin'
as Crisco (voice)1981 American Pop
as Rupolo1980 Mafia on the Bounty
as Rachid Khan1978 Cat in the Cage
as White Eagle1975 Johnny Firecloud
as Big Tony (as Frank deKova)1974 Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
as Capiello1973 The Slams
as Angelo "Angie" Corleone1973 Heavy Traffic
as Giunta1973 The Don Is Dead
as The Man1972 The Mechanic
as Two Dog1970 The Wild Country
as Narrator (voice)1967 The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle
as The tormentor1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
as Nigosh1965 Those Calloways
as Jack (as Frank de Kova)1962 Follow That Dream
as Sonoy the Astrologer1961 Atlantis: The Lost Continent
as Syndicate Chairman1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
as Evans1959 The Jayhawkers!
as Denver, Bruhn's Gang1959 Day of the Outlaw
as The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)1958 Teenage Caveman
as Harry1958 Machine-Gun Kelly
as Alcaide1958 Cowboy
as Capt. Vrublevski1958 The Brothers Karamazov
as Lugo (as Frank deKova)1958 Apache Territory
as Red Cloud (as Frank De Kova)1957 Run of the Arrow
as Dutch Hayden1957 Appointment with a Shadow
as Chief Yellow Wolf1957 Ride Out for Revenge
as Jingo1956 Santiago
as Chief Red Hawk (as Frank deKova)1956 The Lone Ranger
as Abiram1956 The Ten Commandments
as Yellow Elk1956 The White Squaw
as Charlie Washackle1956 Reprisal!
as Anse Hatlo1955 Strange Lady in Town
as Prof. Claude Dillon1955 Shack Out on 101
as Priest1955 Hold Back Tomorrow
as Martinez (as Frank de Kova)1954 Passion
as Isatai1954 They Rode West
as Modoc Jim1954 Drum Beat
as Dummy1953 Split Second
as Mindar1953 The Desert Song
as Chief Chattez1953 Arrowhead
as Benedetto1953 Fighter Attack
as Col. Guarjarado1952 Viva Zapata!

TV Shows/Series with Frank De Kova as Actor(44)


Born: Thursday, 03/17 1910 (March) in New York City
Died: Thursday, 10/15 1981 (October) in North Hills (aged: 71)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Other names for Frank De Kova (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Frank DeKova"
Frank De Kova frequently works together with these people:
John Anderson (23x, Actor)
Claude Akins (20x, Actor)
William Phipps (20x, Actor)
Karl Swenson (18x, Actor)
J. Pat O'Malley (18x, Actor)
Charles Aidman (18x, Actor)
Whit Bissell (17x, Actor)
John Larch (17x, Actor)
Joe De Santis (17x, Actor)
James Gregory (17x, Actor)
Lane Bradford (17x, Actor)
Ralph Bakshi (6x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:155506, Added: 07/05/2018, Last updated: 05/06/2021