Actor Frank de Kova

Frank de Kova (March 17, 1910 – October 15, 1981) was an American character actor in films, stage, and TV.


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.

He did much 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 Kiowa Indian who is a friend of Marshal Matt Dillon. 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 in the ABC/Warner Brothers drama, The Roaring 20s. He appeared as Phil Kalama in “Along Came Joey” on Hawaii Five-O in 1968.

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


year film character notes
1951 Up Front Italian Man uncredited
1951 The Mob Culio uncredited
1952 Viva Zapata! Colonel Guajardo uncredited
1952 Holiday for Sinners The Wiry Man
1952 The Big Sky Moleface uncredited
1952 Pony Soldier Custin uncredited
1953 Split Second Dummy
1953 The Desert Song Mindar
1953 Raiders of the Seven Seas Capt.Romero
1953 Arrowhead Chief Chattez
1953 The Robe Slave Dealer uncredited
1953 All the Brothers were Valiant Stevenson
1953 Fighter Attack Benedetto
1953 King of the Khyber Rifles Ali Nur
1954 They Rode West Isatai
1954 Valley of the Kings Akmed Sala, Nomad Guide uncredited
1954 Passion Martinez
1954 Drum Beat Modoc Jim
1955 The Man from Laramie Padre
1955 Strange Lady in Town Anse Hatlo
1955 Hold Back Tomorrow Priest
1955 Shack Out on 101 Prof.Claude Dillon
1956 The Lone Ranger Chief Red Hawk
1956 Santiago Jingo
1956 Pillars of the Sky Zachariah
1956 The Ten Commandments Abiram
1956 The White Squaw Yellow Elk
1956 Reprisal! Charlie Washackle
1957 Run of the Arrow Red Cloud
1957 Appointment with a Shadow Dutch Hayden
1957 Rideout for Revenge Chief Yellow Wolf
1958 Cowboy Alcaide
1958 The Brothers Karamazov Capt. Vrublevski
1958 Machine-Gun Kelly Harry
1958 Teenage Cave Man The Black-Bearded One
1958 Apache Territory Lugo
1959 Day of the Outlaw Denver, Bruhn’s Gang
1959 The Jayhawkers! Evans
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond “The Chairman”
1961 Portrait of a Mobster Anthony Parazzo
1961 Atlantis, the Lost Continent Sonoy the Astrologer
1962 Follow That Dream Jack
1963 The Raiders Pawnee Chief uncredited
1965 Those Calloways Nigosh
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told The Tormentor
1965 The Sword of Ali Baba Old Baba
1967 The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle Narrator voice only
1970 The Wild Country Two Dog
1972 The Mechanic The Man
1973 Heavy Traffic Angelo “Angie” Corleone voice only
1973 The Slams Capiello
1973 The Don Is Dead Giunta
1974 Jive Turkey Big Tony
1975 Coonskin Madigan uncredited
1978 Cat in the Cage Rachid Khan
1980 Mafia on the Bounty
1981 American Pop Crisco
1982 Hey Good Lookin’ Old Vinnie voice only (final film role)


year series character episode
1956 Gunsmoke Tobeel Greater Love
1956 The Ford Television Theatre Delwin Slater Double Trouble
1956 Crusader Juan Perez The Ballot Box
1956 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers The Hostage
1957 Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans Ottawa Chief Hawkeye’s Homecoming
1957 Crossroads Black Hawk Jhonakehunkga called Jim
1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Okoma Return to Fort Apache
1957 Cheyenne Sitting Bull The Broken Pledge
1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Culebra Major Swansons’ Choice
1958 The Restless Gun Lupo Lazaro Dragon for a Day
1958 Cheyenne Sioux Chief Wagon-Tongue North
1959 Buckskin Potato Man Coup Stick
1959 The Lawless Years Harry the Horse The Poison Ivy Story
1959 Black Saddle Rubio Calderone Client Martinez
1959 Peter Gunn Joe Taber Breakout
1959 U.S. Marshal Red Slade Maryjo Is Missing
1959 The Untouchables Jimmy Napoli
Louis Campagna
The Frank Nitti Story
1959 The Californians Up-A-Mug The Painless Extractionist (1958)
An Act of Faith (1959)
1959 The Alaskans Fanton Petticoat Crew
1959 Wagon Train Ocheo The Rodney Lawrence Story
1959 The Rifleman Chief Hostay The Indian
1959 Rawhide Villegro Incident at Spanish Rock
1960 Cheyenne Dull Knife Gold, Glory and Custer – Requiem
1960 The Rifleman Carl Miller Meeting at Midnight
1960 The Islanders Carlos Roca The Widow from Richmond
1960 Johnny Staccato Eddie Wayneright Night of Jeopardy
1960 Overland Trail Shoshone Chief West of Boston
1960 Five Fingers Landau The Judas Goat
1960 Lawman Jed Barker Cornered
1960 Wagon Train Indian Chief The Tom Tuckett Story
1961 The Tall Man Mike Gray Eagle The Cloudbusters
1961 The Rebel Richard Aloysius “Dick” Sturgis Shriek of Silence
1961 Cheyenne Chief Spotted Bull Cross Purpose
1962 The Untouchables Tony Lamberto A Fist of Five
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Señor Vargas Strange Miracle
1962 Cheyenne White Cloud Indian Gold
1963 Laramie Tah-sa The Unvanquished
1964 Daniel Boone Chief Talakum The Sound of Wings
1965 Wagon Train Isaiah Quickfox The Isaiah Quickfox Story
1965 F Troop Chief Wild Eagle recurring role
1968 Hawaii Five-0 no name Along Came Joey
1968 The High Chaparral Mitch A Way of Justice
1974 Police Woman Vito Angelo The Company
1976 Cannon Lucius Delgado Revenge
1980 The Incredible Hulk Sam Monte Nine Hours

External Links

Actor Frank de Kova – Wikipedia

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