Charles Dierkop, the Iconic Character Actor, Passes Away at 87

Charles Dierkop

We are saddened to hear that Charles Dierkop, the beloved character actor, has passed away at the age of 87. Dierkop was best known for his role as the notorious outlaw George ‘Flat Nose’ Curry in the classic Western film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. He passed away on Sunday (February 25) at Sherman Oaks Hospital in LA, following a recent heart attack and battle with pneumonia. His daughter, Lynn, shared this news with The Hollywood Reporter.

Dierkop’s impressive career also included memorable roles in other iconic films. He reunited with Newman and Redford in the caper film “The Sting” and showcased his talent in the popular police procedural series “Police Woman,” alongside Angie Dickinson.

Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1936, Dierkop served in the US military in Korea after the Korean War ended. After his military service, he followed his passion for acting and enrolled in the American Foundation of Dramatic Arts in Philadelphia. From there, he embarked on a successful career in Hollywood.

In a 2018 interview with Rob Word, Dierkop revealed an intriguing detail about being cast in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Due to his nose being broken multiple times as a child, he felt that he was ideal for the role of an outlaw named Flat Nose Curry. When his agent came across the script and saw the character’s name, he immediately thought of Dierkop. After a successful interview with director George Roy Hill, Dierkop secured the role.

Dierkop was married to Joan Addis, whom he met at the American Foundation of Dramatic Arts, from 1958 until their divorce in 1974. The couple had two children together: Charles Jr., who tragically passed away in 1990 at the age of 29, and daughter Lynn.

Charles Dierkop leaves behind a lasting legacy in the world of film and television. His memorable characters and incredible talent will forever be remembered and cherished by his fans.

Rest in peace, Charles Dierkop. You will be greatly missed.