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John Forkum

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Forkum was born in State Island, New York back in 1915. I have no information about his parents or his early childhood. His father was apparently a successful painter and as such he spent time in Oslo, Copenhagen, London and Paris while growing up. He studied at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City, New York.

I was listening to Radio Classics on Sirius Radio. One of the series has a group of people and the main character was known as “The Whistler”. Well John was the lead player in the series. He also stared in the radio classic Gunsmoke. Philip Marlowe and the radio version of Have Gun-Will Travel.

His span of radio and acting covered 47 years appearing in over 260 films and television programs. Giving my age away after seeing his photo I recognized him immediately. BTW you may know him better by his stage name of John Dehner. So I have attached his photo to this post. Now tell me did you know who I was writing about before I told you his stage name?



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Comments (18)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Sorry I could not get his photo to upload.

Sep 05, 2016 09:41 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Oh well this should throw some off.

Sep 05, 2016 09:50 PM
James Dray

Got it to work,  thanks for stopping by

Sep 05, 2016 10:03 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We very much appreciate you sharing this information with us today. Make it happen this week.

Sep 05, 2016 10:08 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning again James,

Stage name yes and remember listening under the covers to both Gunsmoke and Have Gun Will Travel!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 05, 2016 10:29 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. No clue, you "forked" me again! Enjoy your day!

Sep 05, 2016 10:42 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray So many of these supporting actors were skilled at their art, yet went through their careers without the accolades they deserved. I remember him!

Sep 06, 2016 12:16 AM
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I grew up watching old westerns so I recognized him but didn't know his name and I certainly didn't know how many films he was in. Thanks for bringing his accomplishments to our attention.

Sep 06, 2016 12:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I recognized him immediately but did not know him by his given name. Have a great day!

Sep 06, 2016 12:43 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I did know and recognized him from the picture you uploaded.

Sep 06, 2016 02:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


He looked familiar, but I had no idea of his name or his accomplishments.  A

Sep 06, 2016 02:56 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

James I used to love those old westerns when I was a kid. I really learned something today.

Sep 06, 2016 05:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I was definitely stumped, but I bet if I asked my Dad, he would know all about this great man!

Sep 06, 2016 05:29 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No I didn't but growing up in the 1950s he was a steady presence on TV, especially the westerns.

Sep 06, 2016 08:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- well, I'm giving away my age because I recognized his name and his face!!!

Sep 06, 2016 12:36 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Yes, I remember John Forkum/John Dehner. Amazing the number of credits to his name - Radio, TV, Films.  Where did he even have enough years to accomplish so much.

Sep 06, 2016 11:22 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James and I had no idea until you posted his photo and thanks for the history lesson today!

Sep 07, 2016 02:09 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  I had no clue who you were talking about but recognized him immediately in the picture.

Sep 07, 2016 08:52 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I would have not recognized the actor by his names, however, by the picture, a big YES!  I thought he was terrific!!

Aug 10, 2017 05:35 PM