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Leif Erickson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Leif Erickson (born William Wycliffe Anderson) was an American stage, film, and television actor. Erickson was born in Alameda, California, near San Francisco. He worked as a soloist in a band as vocalist and trombone player, performed in Max Reinhardt's productions, and then gained a small amount of stage experience in a comedy vaudeville act. Initially billed by Paramount Pictures as Glenn Erickson, he began his screen career as a leading man in Westerns. Erickson enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. Rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit, he served as a military photographer, shooting film in combat zones, and as an instructor. He was shot down twice in the Pacific as well as receiving two Purple Hearts. Erickson was in the unit that filmed and photographed the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Over four years service, he shot more than 200,000 feet of film for the Navy. Erickson's first films were two 1933 band films with Betty Grable before starting a string of Buster Crabbe Western films based on Zane Grey novels. He would go on to appears in films such as The Snake Pit, Sorry, Wrong Number, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront, A Gathering of Eagles, Roustabout, The Carpetbaggers and Mirage. One of his more notable roles was as Deborah Kerr's macho husband in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy. He appeared with Greta Garbo, as her brother in Conquest (1937). He played the role of Pete, the vindictive boat engineer, in the 1951 remake of the famed musical Show Boat. His final appearance in a feature film was in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977). Erickson appeared frequently on television; he was cast as Dr. Hillyer in "Consider Her Ways" (1964) and as Paul White in "The Monkey's Paw—A Retelling" (1965) on CBS's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. However, he is probably best known for The High Chaparral, which aired on NBC from 1967 until 1971. He portrayed a rancher, Big John Cannon, determined to establish a cattle empire in the Arizona Territory while keeping peace with the Apache. Erickson guest-starred in several television series, including Rawhide, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., Medical Center, Cannon, The Rifleman, The Rockford Files, and the 1977 series Hunter. His final role was in an episode of Fantasy Island in 1984. Erickson was married to actress Frances Farmer from 1936 until 1942. The same day that his divorce from Farmer was finalized, June 12, 1942, he married actress Margaret Hayes. They divorced a month later. He married Ann Diamond in 1945. They had two children, William Leif Erickson (born 1946 - died 1971 in a car accident) and Susan Irene Erickson (born 1950). Erickson died of cancer in Pensacola, Florida, on January 29, 1986, aged 74 CLR

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Oct 27, 1911 In Alameda, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Wanderer of the Wasteland 1935-09-09
Latest Project:
Series Hunter 1977-02-18
Known For
Poster of Abduction
Poster of Ironside
Poster of The Virginian
Poster of Matinee Theater
Series Hunter Unknown 1977-02-18
Series The Fantastic Journey Unknown 1977-02-03
Movie Twilight's Last Gleaming Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director 1977-02-09
Movie Abduction Prescott 1975-05-05
Movie Force Five Cal Newkirk 1975-03-28
Movie Winterhawk Guthrie 1975-11-05
Series Medical Story Unknown 1975-09-04
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series The Rockford Files Carl Colton 'C.C.' Calloway 1974-09-13
Series The Evil Touch Unknown 1973-06-19
Movie The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping William Henry Cameron 1973-11-17
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Amos Wetherall 1972-09-13
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie The Family Rico Mike Lamont 1972-09-13
Movie Man and Boy Sheriff Mossman 1971-06-23
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie The Deadly Dream Dr. Harold Malcolm 1971-09-26
Movie Terror in the Sky Marty Treleavan 1971-09-17
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series The High Chaparral Big John Cannon 1967-09-10
Movie I Saw What You Did Dave Mannering 1965-07-21
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Movie Mirage The Major 1965-10-29
Movie Strait-Jacket Bill Cutler 1964-01-19
Movie The Carpetbaggers Jonas Cord Senior 1964-04-08
Movie Roustabout Joe Lean 1964-11-11
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Movie A Gathering of Eagles Gen. Hewitt 1963-06-21
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Movie Shoot Out At Big Sag Sam Barbee 1962-05-31
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie Twilight for the Gods Harry Hutton 1958-08-04
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Once Upon a Horse... Granville 'Granny' Dix 1958-09-01
Movie Istanbul Charlie Boyle 1957-05-22
Movie The Vintage Louis Morel 1957-05-08
Movie Panic Button Paul Henderson 1957-11-28
Movie Kiss Them for Me Eddie Turnbill 1957-12-10
Movie Star in the Dust George Ballard 1956-06-13
Movie The Fastest Gun Alive Lou Glover 1956-07-12
Movie Tea and Sympathy Bill Reynolds 1956-09-27
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie On the Waterfront Glover 1954-06-22
Series Inner Sanctum Unknown 1954-01-09
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Trouble Along the Way Father Provincial aka Ed 1953-04-04
Movie Born to the Saddle Bob Marshall 1953-03-15
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie A Perilous Journey Richards 1953-04-05
Movie Never Wave at a WAC Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson 1953-01-28
Movie Invaders from Mars Mr. George MacLean 1953-04-22
Movie Paris Model Edgar Blevins 1953-11-10
Movie Captain Scarface Sam (as Lief Erickson) 1953-10-15
Movie Fort Algiers Kalmani 1953-08-30
Movie The Cimarron Kid Marshal John Sutton 1952-01-13
Movie With a Song in My Heart General aboard plane 1952-04-03
Movie Sailor Beware Commander Lane 1952-02-08
Movie Carbine Williams Feder 1952-05-01
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Morgan 1952-12-27
Movie My Wife's Best Friend Nicholas Reed 1952-10-09
Movie Fourteen Hours Bit Part (uncredited) 1951-04-01
Movie Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration Pilate 1951-03-25
Movie Show Boat Pete 1951-07-19
Movie The Tall Target Stranger 1951-08-17
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Reunion in Reno B. Frederick Linaker 1951-10-09
Movie Stella Fred Anderson Jr. 1950-07-20
Movie The Showdown Big Mart 1950-08-15
Movie Mother Didn't Tell Me Dr. Bruce Gordon 1950-03-03
Movie Three Secrets Bill Chase 1950-10-20
Movie Dallas U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby 1950-12-30
Movie The Lady Gambles Tony 1949-05-20
Movie Johnny Stool Pigeon Pringle 1949-09-22
Series Bambi-Verleihung himself (archive) 1948-01-01
Movie Sorry, Wrong Number Fred Lord 1948-09-24
Movie The Snake Pit Gordon 1948-11-04
Movie Joan of Arc Dunois, Bastard of Orleans 1948-12-22
Movie Miss Tatlock's Millions Dr. Mason 1948-11-19
Movie Blonde Savage Steve Blake 1947-11-22
Movie The Gangster Beaumont 1947-11-25
Movie Are Husbands Necessary? Bill Stone 1942-06-15
Movie Eagle Squadron Johnny M. Coe 1942-06-16
Movie The Fleet's In Jake 1942-01-24
Movie Pardon My Sarong Whaba 1942-08-07
Movie Arabian Nights Kamar 1942-12-25
Movie Night Monster Laurie 1942-10-20
Movie Nothing But the Truth Tommy Van Dusen 1941-10-10
Movie H.M. Pulham, Esq. Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown 1941-12-04
Movie The Blonde from Singapore Terry Prescott 1941-10-15
Movie ...One Third of a Nation... Peter Cortlant 1939-02-10
Movie Crisis Narrator (voice) 1939-03-13
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 Bob Hayes 1938-02-11
Movie Ride a Crooked Mile Johnny Simpkins 1938-12-09
Movie Waikiki Wedding Dr. Victor Quimby 1937-03-23
Movie Conquest Paul Lachinski 1937-10-22
Movie Thrill of a Lifetime Howard Nelson 1937-12-03
Movie Drift Fence Curley Prentice (as Glenn Erikson) 1936-02-14
Movie Desert Gold Glenn Kasedon 1936-03-26
Movie College Holiday Dick Winters 1936-12-19
Movie Girl of the Ozarks Tom Bolton 1936-06-12
Movie Wanderer of the Wasteland Lawrence (as Glenn Erickson) 1935-09-09
Movie Nevada Bill Ide (as Glen Erickson) 1935-11-29