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Dead Person of the Day February 1 – John Vernon

0 Comments 01 February 2012


It is with GREAT pleasure that we bring to you John Vernon as today’s DPD. Vernon’s portrayals in Dirty Harry, The Outlaw Josey Wales and, of course, Animal House cannot be denied their brilliance. It’s true, fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

While reading through the obit I was particularly struck by a description of Vernon that has been used for yours truly from time to time – sinister good looks and a surprising vulnerability. What can I say…guilty as charged.

However, my favorite part of the obit comes at the very end when Vernon is describing his experience working with Sofia Loren on A Special Day with Loren’s husband at the time Carlo Ponti:

“There’s this scene where I’m supposed to hit Sophia on the butt,” he said. “I do it, and Ponti yells ‘Cut!’

“You have to hit her on the center of the butt,” Ponti yelled, according to Mr. Vernon. “You have found it, now enjoy it.”

Amen brother. Loren has what Homer Simpson would describe as a butt that won’t quit. Go ahead…you know you want to google image that crapola. Be my guest

Lets do it!

John Keith Vernon (February 24, 1932 – February 1, 2005)

John Vernon, 72, a stage-trained actor who played a series of slimy villains and authority figures, never so well as in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” in which he was the evil college dean, died Feb. 1 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from heart surgery.

Mr. Vernon had more than a passing resemblance to Richard Burton and played rugged, often treacherous figures in dozens of films and television shows. With sinister good looks and a surprising vulnerability, he was cast in such gritty fare as “Point Blank” (1967), “Dirty Harry” (1971), “Topaz” (1969) and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976). Continue

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