Frank de Kova

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Frank de Kova
Frank Dekova.jpg
As 'Chief Wild Eagle' in F Troop.
Born(1910-03-17)March 17, 1910
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 15, 1981(1981-10-15) (aged 71)
Sepulveda, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Natural Causes
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, California
Years active1951-1981
 
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Frank de Kova
Frank Dekova.jpg
As 'Chief Wild Eagle' in F Troop.
Born(1910-03-17)March 17, 1910
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 15, 1981(1981-10-15) (aged 71)
Sepulveda, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Natural Causes
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, California
Years active1951-1981

Frank de Kova (March 17, 1910 – October 15, 1981) was an Italian-American character actor.[1]

Biography[edit]

De Kova was born in New York City and taught at a school in New York before joining a Shakespeare repertory group. He made his Broadway debut in Detective Story, and was discovered by director Elia Kazan.

Moving to Hollywood, he appeared in Viva Zapata! (1952) as the Mexican Colonel, and The Big Sky (1952) with Kirk Douglas. He played Abiram in The Ten Commandments, appeared in Cowboy (1958) with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon, and in The Mechanic (1972) with Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent and the Ralph Bakshi film American Pop.[2]

He did a lot of television work, including a role as Mafia hitman Jimmy Napoli in the ABC crime drama, The Untouchables, and an occasional recurring role in Gunsmoke as "Tobeel", a Kiawah Indian who is a friend of Marshal Matt Dillon. Probably his best-known television role was as "Chief Wild Eagle", chief of the Hekawi tribe, on the western comedy F Troop (1965–1967). He also guest starred on the ABC/Warner Brothers drama, The Roaring 20s.

In 1981, de Kova died of heart failure in his sleep at his home in Sepulveda, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.

Films[edit]

YearFilmsCharacterInfo
1951The Mob
aka: Remember That Face
Culio
1952Viva Zapata!Colonel Guajardouncredited
1952Holiday for SinnerThe Wiry Man
1952The Big SkyMolefaceuncredited
1952Pony Soldier
aka: MacDonald of the Canadian Mounties
Custinuncredited
1953Split SecondDummy
1953The Desert SongMindar
1953Raiders of the Seven SeasCapt.Romero
1953ArrowheadChief Chattez
1953The RobeSlave Dealeruncredited
1953All the Brothers were ValiantStevenson
1953Fighter AttackBenedetto
1953King of the Khyber RiflesAli Nur
1954They Rode WestIsatai
1954Valley of the KingsAkmed Sala, Nomad Guideuncredited
1954Drum Beat
aka: Delmer Daves' Drum Beat
Modoc Jim
1954PassionMartinez
1955Strange Lady in TownAnse Hatlo
1955The Man from LaramiePadre
1955Hold Back Tomorrow
aka: No Tomorrow
Priest
1955Shack Out on 101Prof.Claude Dillon
1956The Lone RangerChief Red Hawk
1956Santiago
aka: The Gun Runner
Jingo
1956Pillars of the Sky
aka: The Tomahawk and the Cross
Zachariah
1956The Ten CommandmentsAbiram
1956The White SquawYellow Elk
1956Reprisal!Charlie Washackle
1957Appointment with a Shadow
aka: If I Should Die
Dutch Hayden
1957Run of the Arrow
aka: Hot Lead
Red Cloud
1957Rideout for RevengeChief Yellow Wolf
1958CowboyAlcaide
1958The Brothers Karamazov
aka: The Murderer Dmitri Karamazov
Capt. Vrubleuski
1958Machine-Gun KellyHarry
1958Teenage Cave Man
aka: Out of Darkness
aka: Prehistoric World
The Black-Bearded One
1958Apache TerritoryLugo
1960The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond"The Chairman"
1965Those CallowaysNigosh
1970The Wild Country
1975CoonskinMadigan

Television[edit]

YearTelevisionCharacterEpisode
1956The Ford Television Theatre
aka: Ford Theatre
Delwin SlaterDouble Trouble
1956CrusaderJuan PerezThe Ballot Box
1956Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers
aka: The 77th Bengal Lancers
The Hostage
1957Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
aka: Hawkeye
aka: Last of the Mohicans
Ottawa ChiefHawkeye's Homecoming
1957CrossroadsBlack HawkJhonakehunkga called Jim
1957The Adventures of Rin Tin TinOkomaReturn to Fort Apache
1957The Adventures of Rin Tin TinCulebraMajor Swansons' Choice
1958The Restless GunLupo LazaroDragon for a Day
1959BuckskinPotato ManCoup Stick
1959The Lawless YearsHarry the HorseThe Poison Ivy Story
1959Black Saddle
aka: The Westerners
Rubio CalderoneClient Martinez
1959Peter GunnJoe TaberBreakout
1959U.S. MarshalRed SladeMaryjo Is Missing
1959Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
aka: Desilu Playhouse
Jimmy NapoliThe Untouchables (1959 TV series)
The Untouchables: Part 1
The Untouchables: Part 2
1959The CaliforniansUp-A-MugAn Act of Faith (1959)
The Painless Extractionist (1958)
1959The AlaskansFantonPetticoat Crew
1959Wagon TrainOcheoThe Rodney Lawrence Story
1959The RiflemanChief HostayThe Indian
1960The RiflemanCarl MillerMeeting at Midnight
1960The IslandersCarlos RocaThe Widow from Richmond
1960Johnny StaccatoEddie WaynerightNight of Jeopardy
1960Overland TrailShoshone ChiefWest of Boston
1960Five FingersLandauThe Judas Goat
1960LawmanJed BarkerCornered
1960Wagon TrainIndian ChiefThe Tom Tuckett Story
1961The Tall ManMike Gray Eagle"The Cloudbusters"
1961The RebelRichard Aloysius "Dick" Sturgis"Shriek of Silence"
1962Alfred Hitchcock PresentsSeñor VargasStrange Miracle
1962CheyenneWhite CloudIndian Gold
1964Daniel BooneChief TalakumThe Sound of Wings
1965, 1966, 1967F TroopChief Wild EagleF Troop series
1968Hawaii Five-0episode "Along Came Joey"
1974Police WomanVito AngeloSeason 1 / Episode 19 "The Company"

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