Dehl Berti

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Dehl Berti
Sahn Dehl Berti

(1921-01-17)January 17, 1921
DiedNovember 26, 1991(1991-11-26) (aged 70)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeOakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles
Years active1953 – 1991
Spouse(s)Zerrin Arbaş
Melinda Marx (1969 - ?)
ChildrenDerya Arbaş Berti, Sahn Bertie, and Thane Berti

Sahn Dehl Berti (January 17, 1921 - November 26, 1991) was a Chiricahua Apache[1][2] actor who often played Native Americans. One of his more recognized roles was as John Taylor on the 1988-1991 CBS western television series, Paradise, starring Lee Horsley as the reformed gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord.

A native of Pueblo, Colorado of Apache descent, he married Turkish actress Zerrin Arbaş, and was the father of actress Derya Arbaş Berti.[3] On March 12, 1969, he married Melinda Marx in El Paso, Texas.[4]

Berti appeared in guest-starring roles on many television programs from the 1950s through the 1980s, primarily in westerns such as Bonanza and Gunsmoke, but in other roles as well. In 1963, he played the Indian, Little Buffalo, in the episode "The Day of the Flying Dutchman" on ABC's western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring child actor Kurt Russell. Lloyd Corrigan played the lead guest-starring role as Captain Rembrandt Van Creel.[5] In 1982 he costarred as One Feather on the short-lived NBC drama series Born to the Wind.

Berti's final appearance was on a 1990 episode of the sitcom, Saved by the Bell. Since 1982, Berti can be heard as the voice of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce in The American Adventure at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Florida.

Berti died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on November 26, 1991, at the age of 70. He is interred there at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery.


His films include: Laguna Heat (1987); Bullies (1986); Invasion USA (1985); Second Thoughts (1983); Wolfen (1981); The Last of the Mohicans (1977); Scott Free (1976); The Shaman's Last Raid, Sweet Hostage, and Seven Alone (1975); Ritual of Evil (1969); Under Fire, Undersea Girl, Apache Warrior, and Hell Bound (1957); and The Toughest Man Alive (1955). He also appeared in an episode of Universal's 1980's CBS-TV series Simon and Simon entitled "Ancient Echoes" (1987), which was written by cast member Tim Reid (Downtown Brown).

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Dehl Berti; Chiricahua Apache Portrayed Indians in Westerns". 7 December 1991 – via LA Times.
  2. ^ Sandy Greer. 1990. "Native Americans Still Battling Stereotyping". Broadcast Weekly. April 21, 1990. accessed at [1]
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris M., III (2004). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 12–13. ISBN 9780786452088. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Melinda Marx Marries After Quick Divorce". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. United Press International. March 13, 1969. p. 4. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ ""The Day of the Flying Dutchman", The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, December 1, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 4, 2013.

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