Monday, February 26, 2024

RIP Charles Dierkop


American character actor Charles Dierkop died February 25th at Sherman Oaks, after a recent heart attack and bout with pneumonia. He was 87. After portraying an uncredited pool-hall hood in the Paul Newman-starring “The Hustler” (1961), Dierkop got to work with Newman again in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) when he was hired to play Hole in the Wall Gang outlaw George “Flat Nose” Curry. Dierkop had broken his nose in fights several times as a kid, so he was rather suited for the part. Charles Richard Dierkop was born on Sept. 11, 1936, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dierkop was married to Joan Addis from 1958 until their 1974 divorce. They had two children, Charles Jr., who died in 1990 at age 29, and Lynn. Dierkop appeared in only one Euro-western as Cooper in 1989’s “Blood Red” starring Dennis Hopper and Giancarlo Giannini.

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