• Charles Dierkop has died
  • He was 87 years old
  • Learn more about his legacy

The silver screen has lost one of its most recognizable bandits, Charles Dierkop (87), the actor who brought to life some of the most notorious characters in cinema history. Dierkop, known for his rugged looks and tough-guy persona, passed away at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California, leaving fans and co-stars reminiscing about his illustrious career.

From Wisconsin to Western Stardom!

Born in the heart of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1936, Dierkop's journey to stardom was as gritty as the roles he played. With a nose that bore the marks of childhood fights, he embodied the outlaw spirit, eventually landing the role that would define his career: "George “Flat Nose” Curry" in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.'

Teaming up with Hollywood giants like Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Dierkop's portrayal of bodyguard "Floyd" in 'The Sting' further cemented his place in cinematic history. His daughter Lynn recalls his larger-than-life presence both on and off the screen, a testament to the actor's enduring impact on the industry.

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Charles Dierkop: A TV Outlaw's Legacy

Dierkop's rugged charm wasn't confined to the big screen. As "Detective Pete Royston" in 'Police Woman,' he captured the hearts of television audiences across America. His legacy even reached the music scene, with a cameo in R.E.M.'s 1992 hit music video “Man on the Moon.”

Even in the cosmos of 'Star Trek,' Dierkop left an indelible mark as "Argelian Morla", a character that still resonates with fans decades later. His surprise at the enduring love for his 'Star Trek' role reflects the actor's humble approach to his craft.

A Personal Farewell

Dierkop's personal life, marked by his marriage to Joan Addis and the tragedy of losing his son Charles Jr., adds a poignant note to his passing. He leaves behind a daughter, Lynn, who cherishes the memories of her father's remarkable journey.