Charles Dierkop

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Charles Dierkop
Born (1936-09-11) September 11, 1936 (age 83)
OccupationCharacter actor
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Joan Addis (1958 - ?)
Children1 son
1 daughter

Charles Dierkop (born September 11, 1936) is an American character actor. He is most recognized for his supporting roles in the films, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), and the television series, Police Woman (1974-1978).[1]

Early years[edit]

Dierkop was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended Aquinas High School[2] 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".[3]

Military service[edit]

Dierkop dropped out of high school after his junior year and enlisted in the U.S. Marines.[4] 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.[3]


Dierkop is a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. His first role as a professional actor was in television's Naked City.[3]

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,[5] and as "Floyd" in The Sting (1973), he acted as a bodyguard to Robert Shaw's New York gangster/griftee, Doyle Lonnegan.[6] He is best known for playing Detective Pete Royster on the television series Police Woman between 1974 and 1978.[7]

Dierkop appears briefly in the music video of "Man on the Moon", a hit song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dierkop married Joan Addis in 1958. They have a daughter and a son.[2]

Partial filmography[edit]

Dierkop's film and television credits span from 1961 to 2002.



Further reading[edit]

  • Aquinas News, Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 18, 1975, vol. 45, no. 2, pg. 1, "Former Aquinite is TV Star"
  • 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.


  1. ^ Hal Erickson. "Charles Dierkop - Movies and Filmography". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Goolsby, Denise (10 November 2016). "WWII vet fought in four battles, earned Bronze Star". The Desert Sun. Gannett. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Flat Nose Curry in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' 'Memba Him?!". TMZ. EHM Productions, Inc. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ Eagan, Daniel (26 November 2009). America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 2027. ISBN 9781441175410.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Charles Dierkop cameo (3min 28sec) (Sep 13, 2017). R.E.M. - Man On The Moon (Official Music Video) (Motion picture / Music video). REMHQ - R.E.M.'s Official YouTube Channel. Retrieved July 15, 2018.

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