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John Vernon, born in the village of Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada, was a prolific Canadian character actor. His TV and film career began in the 1950s and he worked in both Canada and the US; he also recorded voices for cartoons. He finally rose to fame in his homeland in the late 1960s as the star of Wojeck, a crime drama series centered on the work of a medical examiner; the series and Vernon's character in particular have been acknolwedged as inspiring the later American series, Quincy M.E. In the 1970s, left Wojeck in order to focus on developing his acting career in the US, making a splash as "The Mayor" in the original Dirty Harry movie, making several appearances in Mission: Impossible and becoming a cult movie icon as Dean Wormer in National Lampoon's Animal House. Along the way, he appeared in the third and final Six Million Dollar Man pilot telefilm, The Solid Gold Kidnapping, playing kidnapper and murderer Julian Peck.

Vernon continued to be one of the busiest actors in Hollywood (including parodying his Mayor character in the debut episode of Sledge Hammer! and reprising Wojeck for a Canadian telefilm) up until his sudden death following heart surgery in 2005.

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