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Dean Fredericks


Myda Fredericks (m. 1956)

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Full Name
Frederick Joseph Foote

January 21, 1924 (
Los Angeles, California, USA

Actor: Steve Canyon (1958-1959)

June 30, 1999, Los Angeles, California, United States

Marriage location
Los Angeles, California, United States

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Dean Fredericks (born Frederick Joseph Foote, January 21, 1924 – June 30, 1999) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the comic strip character Steve Canyon in a 34-episode television series of the same name which aired from 1958–1959 on NBC. He was born in Los Angeles. On October 31, 1942, he enlisted as a private in the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army and served during World War II. He received a Purple Heart medal.


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Early career

One of Fredericks's earliest known acting roles was as a priest in the "The Lord Is Risen" segment of the 1952 film series The Living Bible, with Nelson Leigh in the role of Jesus Christ. In 1954 he played an unnamed member of a lynch mob in the western film Jesse James v. the Daltons, which again featured Nelson Leigh, this time as a priest, Father Kerrigan. That same year he played "Police Detective Curtis" in the classic science fiction film "Them!".

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In 1955–1956, Fredericks played Kaseem, the Hindu manservant of the lead Johnny Weissmuller character in the 26-episode syndicated television series, Jungle Jim, based on a successful comic strip as well as earlier films of the same name. Martin Huston appeared in the series as Jungle Jim's teenage son, Skipper Bradford. Paul Cavanagh was cast as Commissioner Morrison in nine episodes. In 1957, he appeared as Jug Davis in the black-and-white western film about landgrabbers, Utah Blaine, with Rory Calhoun in the title role.

From 1954-1957, Fredericks was cast six times in different roles, usually Indians, on the ABC western, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. In 1957, he appeared in the ABC military series Navy Log in the role of DeMarco in the episode "The War of the Whale Boats" and as Chalky in the segment "Lady Luck" of the syndicated adventure series Whirlybirds, starring Kenneth Tobey. That same year, he appeared in the popular ABC western Maverick (as Mitchell in "The Jeweled Gun", only the tenth episode of the long-running series) and on John Bromfield's Sheriff of Cochise, a syndicated police drama set in Arizona. He appeared three times from 1956-1958 on Clint Walker's Cheyenne, including the role of the Indian Yellow Knife in a much remembered episode "Quicksand" and as Little Chief in "The Broken Pledge". On April 6, 1957, Fredericks played Gart in the episode "the Photographer" of CBS's Gunsmoke, with Sebastian Cabot in the title guest-starring role as Professor Jacoby.

As Steve Canyon

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In Steve Canyon Fredericks was cast as flying ace and troubleshooter Stevenson B. Canyon, a lieutenant colonel stationed at the fictitious Big Thunder Air Force Base. The episodes bear such titles as "The Korean Story", "Project UFO", "Sabotage", "Iron Curtain", "Strike Force", "Operation Crash Landing", "The Bomb", and "Operation Thunderbirds," reflecting the events of that time. Appearing with Fredericks were Jerry Paris. later of The Dick Van Dyke Show, in eleven episodes as Major Willie Williston, William Schallert three times as Major Karl Richmond, and James Drury twice as Lieutenant Richard Muller, Nelson Leigh twice as General Black, and Karl Swenson twice as Colonel Vanderhoek. Marion Ross, later Mrs. Cunningham on the ABC comedy Happy Days appeared as Rita Bradshaw in the single episode entitled "Operation Zero Launch".Paul Frees narrated sixteen of the episodes, and Don Taylor directed ten segments. The series had a wide array of impressive guest stars. The program is available in a special edition DVD.

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Entertainment writer Bruce Eder found that Fredericks "looked exactly like" the Steve Canyon character as drawn by the cartoonist Milton Caniff. Eder added, "That was how Dean Fredericks became a star known to millions of baby boomers." Steve Canyon toys and related products prolonged the popularity of the program in pop culture long after its initial television run. The Steve Canyon series first aired at 9 p.m. Saturdays between The Perry Como Show and Cimarron City and opposite CBS's The Gale Storm Show and ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show. After a few months, it was moved to Thursday and then Tuesday evenings and did not receive the benefit of a stable time slot. The program was repeated April to September in 1960 on ABC.

The series was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes. The first twenty-four episodes have been released on DVD in two volumes since 2008 through the Milton Caniff estate. The remaining ten episodes will be released in a third and final DVD volume but has been released as of late July 2015 .

Other acting roles

In 1958 credited as Norman Fredics he appeared in The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold portraying the town's doctor who hid his Indian ancestry. From 1959-1960, he guest starred in the syndicated Border Patrol (as Inspector Al Moore in "Night Target"), The Deputy, (as Pete Clemson in "Silent Gun"), Laramie (as Chad Morgan in "Street of Hate"), and in the comedy, The Ann Sothern Show (as Johnson in "Common Cents"). Other 1960 roles included Shotgun Slade (as Vance in "Killer's Brand'), Sugarfoot (as Spotted Wolf in "Shadow Catcher"), Lawman (as Great Bear in "Chantay"), Bronco (as Great Wolf in "Seminole War Pipe"), and Surfside 6 (in "Girl in the Galleon").

In 1961, Fredericks played Captain Frank Chapman in the film, The Phantom Planet. an unusual science fiction adventure involving an astronaut who becomes reduced in physical size and is isolated on a planetoid with a super-civilization. The film has endured in popularity for nearly a half-century.

In 1962, Fredericks was cast as Jed Harvey in the episode "The Greedy Town" of CBS's Rawhide western series, starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. In 1962-1963, he appeared twice on Chuck Connors's ABC western, The Rifleman as Phil Carver in "Squeeze Play" and as Rance in "Requiem at Mission Springs". On May 1, 1963, he appeared in the role of Jan Wolski in the episode entitled "The Final Hour" of the NBC western The Virginian, starring James Drury and Doug McClure. In 1963, he played a Comanche chief in the film Savage Sam, a sequel to Walt Disney's 1957 classic Old Yeller. Dean had a cameo in the movie "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" starring Adam West and Nancy Kwan. When he was not acting he repaired automobiles for other actors and in 1963 built and designed his own car, which also had a cameo in said movie .

Fredericks appeared in four episodes of ABC's Walt Disney Presents as Crow Feather in three segments from 1960-1961 in the Daniel Boone: "The Warrior's Path", "The Wilderness Road", and "The Promised Land". His last television role was on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on February 7, 1965, as the criminal Zip Wyatt in "The Adventures of Gallegher, Part 3", starring Roger Mobley in the title role, with co-stars Edmond O'Brien, Harvey Korman, and Ray Teal.

After a failed first marriage (ca. 1948-1952), the 6'3" Fredericks was married to his second wife, Myda Fredericks (1922–2006) on November 19, 1956 in Los Angeles by Judge Julian Beck (who was an ex congressman and family friend). He died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of seventy-five.


The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Crowfeather / Zip Wyatt / Crow Feather
- The Adventures of Gallegher: Part 3 (1965) - Zip Wyatt
- Daniel Boone: The Promised Land (1961) - Crowfeather
- Daniel Boone: The Wilderness Road (1961) - Crowfeather
- Daniel Boone: The Warrior's Path (1960) - Crow Feather
Savage Sam as
Comanche Chief
The Virginian (TV Series) as
Jan Wolski
- The Final Hour (1963) - Jan Wolski
The Rifleman (TV Series) as
Rance / Phil Carver
- Requiem at Mission Springs (1963) - Rance
- Squeeze Play (1962) - Phil Carver
Rawhide (TV Series) as
Jed Harvey
- The Greedy Town (1962) - Jed Harvey
Wild Harvest as
The Phantom Planet as
Capt. Frank Chapman
Surfside 6 (TV Series) as
'Deep' Waters
- Girl in the Galleon (1960) - 'Deep' Waters
Bronco (TV Series) as
- Seminole War Pipe (1960) - Greywolf
Lawman (TV Series) as
Great Bear
- Chantay (1960) - Great Bear
Sugarfoot (TV Series) as
Spotted Wolf
- The Shadow Catcher (1960) - Spotted Wolf
Shotgun Slade (TV Series) as
- Killer's Brand (1960) - Vance
Laramie (TV Series) as
Chad Morgan
- Street of Hate (1960) - Chad Morgan
The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series) as
- Common Cents (1960) - Johnson
The Deputy (TV Series) as
Pete Clemson
- The Silent Gun (1960) - Pete Clemson
Border Patrol (TV Series) as
Inspector Moore
- Night Target (1959) - Inspector Moore
Steve Canyon (TV Series) as
Lt. Col. Steve Canyon / Steve Canyon
- Operation Firebee (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Sabotage (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Project U.F.O. (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Room 313 (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Korean Story (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Trap (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Strike Force (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Muller Story (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Intercept (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Sergeant (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Bomb (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Iron Curtain (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Blackmail (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Robbery (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Fight (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Souvenir (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Prisoner (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Search (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Nose Wheel (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Big Thunder (1959) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Diplomat (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- The Gift (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Pilot Error (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Crash Landing (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Mushroom (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation B-52 (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Moby Dick (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Fear of Flying (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Survival (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Jettison (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Project Heartbeat (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Zero Launch (1958) - Steve Canyon
- Operation Thunderbirds (1958) - Lt. Col. Steve Canyon
- Operation Towline (1958) - Steve Canyon
The Light in the Forest as
Niskitoon (as Norman Frederic)
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold as
Dr. James Rolfe (as Norman Fredric)
Cheyenne (TV Series) as
Char / Little Chief / Chief Yellow Knife
- The Long Search (1958) - Char (as Norman Frederic)
- The Broken Pledge (1957) - Little Chief (as Norman Frederic)
- Quicksand (1956) - Chief Yellow Knife (as Norman Frederic)
Gun Fever as
Charlie Whitman (as Norman Fredric)
The Court of Last Resort (TV Series) as
Marcus Redfern
- The Jim Thompson Case (1957) - Marcus Redfern
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series) as
Fred Tappan
- Federal Witness (1957) - Fred Tappan (as Norman Fredric)
Maverick (TV Series) as
- The Jeweled Gun (1957) - Mitchell (as Norman Frederic)
Escape from San Quentin as
Jerry (uncredited)
The Disembodied as
Suba (as Norman Frederic)
The Silent Service (TV Series) as
- The Ordeal of S-38 (1957) - Rivet (as Norman Frederic)
Whirlybirds (TV Series) as
- Lady Luck (1957) - Chalky (as Norman Fredric)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series) as
Komawi / Stacy Chance / Cherokee Kid / ...
- Major Swanson's Choice (1957) - Komawi (as Norman Fredric)
- Return of the Chief (1956) - Komawi (as Norman Fredric)
- The Last Chance (1955) - Stacy Chance (as Norman Fredric)
- Boone's Wedding Day (1955) - Cherokee Kid (as Norman Fredric)
- The White Buffalo (1955) - Komawi (as Norman Fredric)
- The Magic Box (1955) - Cochise (as Norman Fredric)
- Rin Tin Tin and the Gold Bullion (1955) - Stacey Chance (as Norm Fredric)
- Rin Tin Tin and the Apache Chief (1954) - Hassini (as Fred Foote)
Gunsmoke (TV Series) as
- The Photographer (1957) - Gart (as Norman Frederic)
Navy Log (TV Series) as
Anthony Demarco
- War of the Whale Boats (1957) - Anthony Demarco (as Norman Frederic)
Utah Blaine as
Jug Davis (as Norman Frederic)
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
- A Child Is Born (1956) - Soldier (as Norman Fredric)
Circus Boy (TV Series) as
- The Little Gypsy (1956) - Jano (as Norman Fredric)
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (TV Series)
- The Hostage (1956) - (as Norman Frederic)
Jungle Jim (TV Series) as
- Power of Darkness (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Gift of Evil (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Silver Locket (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Return of the Tauregs (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Avenger (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Voodoo Drums (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Sacred Scarab (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Striped Fury (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Blood Money (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Safari Into Danger (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Wild Man of the Jungle (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Code of the Jungle (1956) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Golden Parasol (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Precious Cargo (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Man from Zanzibar (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Leopard's Paw (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Deadly Idol (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- White Magic (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The King's Ghost (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- The Eyes of Minobo (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Jungle Justice (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- A Fortune in Ivory (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Lagoon of Death (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Treasure of the Amazon (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Land of Terror (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
- Man Killer (1955) - Kaseem (as Norman Fredric)
Silent Raiders as
Chief (as Fred Foote)
Them! as
Det. Curtis (uncredited)
Rails Into Laramie as
Townsman (uncredited)
Jesse James vs. the Daltons as
Member of Lynch Mob (uncredited)
The Living Bible (TV Series) as
- The Lord Is Risen - Caiaphas
- Trial Before Pilate - Caiaphas
- Jesus Before the High Preist - Caiaphas
- Betrayal in Gethsemane - Caiaphas
- Thirty Pieces of Silver - Caiaphas
Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sheriff (1952)
The Eddie Fisher Show (TV Series) as
- Jerry Lewis/Ed Wynn/Ernie Kovacs/Helen Gallagher (1958) - Self
Archive Footage
Rin-Tin-Tin: Hero of the West (Video) as
Komawi (as Norman Fredric)
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Comanche Chief / Niskitoon
- Savage Sam: Part 2 (1966) - Comanche Chief
- Savage Sam: Part 1 (1966) - Comanche Chief
- The Light in the Forest: True Son's Revenge (1961) - Niskitoon (as Norman Frederick)
- The Light in the Forest: Return of the True Son (1961) - Niskitoon (as Norman Frederick)
The Final Hour


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