Albert Dekker was an American character actor and politician best known for his roles in Dr. Cyclops, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Wild Bunch. He is sometimes credited as Albert Van Dekker or Albert van Dekker.
Born as Albert Van Ecke in Brooklyn, New York, he adopted his mother’s maiden name of Dekker as his stage name. Dekker attended Bowdoin College and made his professional acting debut with a Cincinnati stock company in 1927. Within a few months, Dekker was featured in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s play Marco Millions.
On April 4, 1929, Dekker married actress Esther Guernini. The couple had two sons and a daughter before divorcing.
After a decade of theatrical appearances, Dekker transferred to Hollywood in 1937, and made his first film, 1937’s The Great Garrick. He spent most of the rest of his acting career in the cinema, but also returned to the stage from time to time.