Albert Dekker (1905-1968) was born Albert Thomas Ecke. He was an actor in theater from 1932-1937 before becoming a character actor in motion pictures. From 1944-1946 he was a legislator for California’s 57th district, which comprised the Hollywood area. Dekker was charged with being a member of the communist party in the early 1950s and questioned by the Fact Finding Committee on Un-American Activities in California. After clearing his name of communist activities, Dekker returned to acting. He was married to Ester Guerini in 1954.
From the guide to the Albert Dekker papers, 1917-1968, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)