There were stars during the golden age of radio and one of the biggest and brightest was John Dehner. He was also one of the few that broke into the first age of television. On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories – The Blog, we look at the life and times of one of the best, John Dehner.
Dehner was born in Staten Island, New York. His father was a painter, so during his younger years he lived in some pretty incredible places like: Oslo, Copenhagen, London, and Paris. Dehner initially went into art after studying at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City, New York. One of his many jobs was as an animator at Walt Disney Studios.
If you were ask Dehner about how he got his start in show business he would probably begin by talking of his extensive radio career. His early radio jobs included being a news editor and a disc jockey. As a radio actor he appeared as a lead or supporting player in such series as, The Whistler, Gunsmoke, Suspense and many others. He starred as Paladin in the radio version of Have Gun – Will Travel and in Frontier Gentleman, another western series.
He made his film debut in the 1940s, and has appeared in dozens of films. A tall and distinguished looking man with a rich voice and somewhat flamboyant demeanor, Dehner often was cast as an outlaw leader, crooked banker or saloon owner in westerns and adventure films, although he was occasionally cast against type in comedies, and played a crusading newspaper reporter in the TV series The Roaring 20’s. Dehner had over 250 television and film credits to his name. His earliest being in 1941 to the motion picture classic The Right Stuff in 1983. He finished his work with the award winning mini-series, War and Remembrance in 1989.
Whether he was working as an artist, actor or professional pianist John Dehner was one of a kind. He died of emphysema in 1992 at the age of 76 in Santa Barbara, California.
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