Charles Dierkop

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Charles Dierkop
Born (1936-09-11) September 11, 1936 (age 81)
La Crosse, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Character actor
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Joan Addis (1958 - ?)
Children 1 son
1 daughter

Charles Dierkop (born September 11, 1936) is an American character actor.

Early years[edit]

Dierkop was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended Aquinas High School[1] in La Crosse. He was raised by his aunt and uncle after his father left when Dierkop was an infant and his mother "left home when he was still a tot".[2]

Military service[edit]

Dierkop dropped out of high school after his junior year and enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He served in Korea after the Korean War had ended and returned from there when he was discharged at age 19. Upon his return, he lived with his mother in Philadelphia, and with the help of the G.I. Bill, he enrolled in the American Foundation of Dramatic Arts in Philadelphia.[2]


Dierkop is a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. His first role as a professional actor was in television's Naked City.[2]

He was cast in two George Roy Hill films, and played an outlaw both times — as "Flat Nose Curry" in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), he played a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang, and as "Floyd" in The Sting (1973), he acted as a bodyguard to Robert Shaw's New York gangster/griftee, Doyle Lonnegan. He is best known for playing Detective Pete Royster on the television series Police Woman between 1974 and 1978.[3]

Dierkop appears briefly in the music video of "Man on the Moon", a hit song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M.

Personal life[edit]

Dierkop married Joan Addis in 1958. They had a daughter and a son.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]




  1. ^ a b Lienlokken, Marguerite (March 30, 1968). "Charles Dierkop, TV 'Baddie' Is Visiting His Hometown". The La Crosse Tribune. Wisconsin, La Crosse. p. 14. Retrieved August 2, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Bob (April 18, 1976). "'Police Woman' actor finds dad--after 39 years". Independent Press-Telegram. California, Long Beach. p. 72. Retrieved August 3, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 844. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  • Aquinas News, Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 18, 1975, vol. 45, no. 2, pg. 1, "Former Aquinite is TV Star". Article about Charles Dierkop.
  • Aquinas News, Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 2, 1978, Special 50th Anniversary edition, pg. 12, "Former Aquinite has his name in lights", Sue Schmidt, class of 1978. Article about Charles Dierkop.

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