Frank de Kova

Frank de Kova (March 17, 1910 October 15, 1981) was an Italian-American character actor in films, stage, and TV.[1]

Frank de Kova
As 'Chief Wild Eagle' in F Troop (1965–67)
Born(1910-03-17)March 17, 1910
DiedOctober 15, 1981(1981-10-15) (aged 71)
Sepulveda, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, California
Years active1951–1981


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 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 (19651967). 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.


1951Up FrontItalian ManUncredited
1951The Mob
a.k.a. Remember That Face
1952Viva Zapata!Colonel GuajardoUncredited
1952Holiday for SinnersThe Wiry Man
1952The Big SkyMolefaceUncredited
1952Pony Soldier
a.k.a. MacDonald of the Canadian Mounties
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
a.k.a. Delmer Daves' Drum Beat
Modoc Jim
1955The Man from LaramiePadre
1955Strange Lady in TownAnse Hatlo
1955Hold Back Tomorrow
a.k.a. No Tomorrow
1955Shack Out on 101Prof.Claude Dillon
1956The Lone RangerChief Red Hawk
a.k.a. The Gun Runner
1956 Pillars of the Sky
a.k.a. The Tomahawk and the Cross
1956The Ten CommandmentsAbiram
1956The White SquawYellow Elk
1956Reprisal!Charlie Washackle
1957Run of the Arrow
a.k.a. Hot Lead
Red Cloud
1957Appointment with a Shadow
a.k.a. If I Should Die
Dutch Hayden
1957Rideout for RevengeChief Yellow Wolf
1958The Brothers Karamazov
a.k.a. The Murderer Dmitri Karamazov
Capt. Vrubleuski
1958Machine-Gun KellyHarry
1958Teenage Cave Man
a.k.a. Out of Darkness
a.k.a. Prehistoric World
The Black-Bearded One
1958Apache TerritoryLugo
1959Day of the OutlawDenver, Bruhn's Gang
1959The Jayhawkers!Evans
1960The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond"The Chairman"
1961Portrait of a MobsterAnthony Parazzo
1961Atlantis, the Lost ContinentSonoy the Astrologer
1962Follow That DreamJack
1963The RaidersPawnee ChiefUncredited
1965Those CallowaysNigosh
1965The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Tormentor
1965The Sword of Ali BabaOld Baba
1967The Legend of the Boy and the EagleNarratorVoice
1970The Wild CountryTwo Dog
1972The MechanicThe Man
1973Heavy TrafficAngelo "Angie" CorleoneVoice
1973The SlamsCapiello
1973The Don Is DeadGiunta
1974Jive TurkeyBig Tony
1978Cat in the CageRachid Khan
1980Mafia on the Bounty
1981American PopCrisco
1982Hey Good Lookin'Old VinnieVoice, (final film role)


1956The Ford Television Theatre
a.k.a. Ford Theatre
Delwin SlaterDouble Trouble
1956CrusaderJuan PerezThe Ballot Box
1956Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers
a.k.a. The 77th Bengal Lancers
The Hostage
1957Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
a.k.a. Hawkeye
a.k.a. Last of the Mohicans
Ottawa ChiefHawkeye's Homecoming
1957CrossroadsBlack HawkJhonakehunkga called Jim
1957The Adventures of Rin Tin TinOkomaReturn to Fort Apache
1957CheyenneSitting BullThe Broken Pledge
1957The Adventures of Rin Tin TinCulebraMajor Swansons' Choice
1958The Restless GunLupo LazaroDragon for a Day
1958CheyenneSioux ChiefWagon-Tongue North
1959BuckskinPotato ManCoup Stick
1959The Lawless YearsHarry the HorseThe Poison Ivy Story
1959Black Saddle
a.k.a. The Westerners
Rubio CalderoneClient Martinez
1959Peter GunnJoe TaberBreakout
1959U.S. MarshalRed SladeMaryjo Is Missing
1959Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
a.k.a. Desilu Playhouse
Jimmy Napoli
Louis Campagna
The Untouchables (1959 TV series)
The Untouchables: Part 1
The Untouchables: Part 2
The Frank Nitti Story
1959The CaliforniansUp-A-MugAn Act of Faith (1959)
The Painless Extractionist (1958)
1959The AlaskansFantonPetticoat Crew
1959Wagon TrainOcheoThe Rodney Lawrence Story
1959The RiflemanChief HostayThe Indian
1959RawhideVillegroIncident at Spanish Rock, S2, Ep12, Airdate: Dec. 18, 1959
1960CheyenneDull KnifeGold, Glory and Custer - Requiem
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"
1961 Cheyenne Chief Spotted Bull Cross Purpose
1962Alfred Hitchcock PresentsSeñor VargasSeason 7 / Episode 19 "Strange Miracle"
1962CheyenneWhite CloudIndian Gold
1964Daniel BooneChief TalakumThe Sound of Wings
1965-67F TroopChief Wild Eagle
1968Hawaii Five-0episode "Along Came Joey"
1974Police WomanVito AngeloSeason 1 / Episode 19 "The Company"
1976CannonLucius DelgadoSeason 5 / Episode 18 "Revenge"
1980The Incredible HulkSam MonteSeason 3 / Episode 22 "Nine Hours"


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