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Place of Birth Alameda, California, USA
Birthday 1911-10-27
Death 1986-01-29
Also Known As Leif Erikson
Glenn Erickson
Glen Erickson
Glenn Erikson


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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


1977Twilight's Last Gleaming as Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
1975Winterhawk as Guthrie
1975Abduction as Prescott
1975Force Five as Cal Newkirk
1973The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping as William Henry Cameron
1972The Daughters of Joshua Cabe as Amos Wetherall
1972The Family Rico as Mike Lamont
1971The Deadly Dream as Dr. Harold Malcolm
1971Terror in the Sky as Marty Treleavan
1971Man and Boy as Sheriff Mossman
1965Kaatil kim as The Major
1965I Saw What You Did as Dave Mannering
1964Roustabout as Joe Lean
1964The Carpetbaggers as Jonas Cord Senior
1964Strait-Jacket as Bill Cutler
1963A Gathering of Eagles as Gen. Hewitt
1962Shoot Out At Big Sag as Sam Barbee
1958Once Upon a Horse... as Granville 'Granny' Dix
1958Twilight for the Gods as Harry Hutton
1957Kiss Them for Me as Eddie Turnbill
1957Panic Button as Paul Henderson
1957Istanbul as Charlie Boyle
1957The Vintage as Louis Morel
1956Tea and Sympathy as Bill Reynolds
1956Batı'nın En Hızlı Silahşörü as Lou Glover
1956Star in the Dust as George Ballard
1954Rıhtımlar Üzerinde as Glover
1953Paris Model as Edgar Blevins
1953Captain Scarface as Sam (as Lief Erickson)
1953Fort Algiers as Kalmani
1953Invaders from Mars as Mr. George MacLean
1953A Perilous Journey as Richards
1953Trouble Along the Way as Father Provincial aka Ed
1953Born to the Saddle as Bob Marshall
1953Kadın Asker as Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson
1952Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd as Morgan
1952My Wife's Best Friend as Nicholas Reed
1952Carbine Williams as Feder
1952With a Song in My Heart as General aboard plane
1952Sailor Beware as Commander Lane
1952The Cimarron Kid as Marshal John Sutton
1951Reunion in Reno as B. Frederick Linaker
1951The Tall Target as Stranger
1951Show Boat as Pete
1951Fourteen Hours as Bit Part (uncredited)
1951Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration as Pilate
1950Dallas as U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby
1950Three Secrets as Bill Chase
1950The Showdown as Big Mart
1950Stella as Fred Anderson Jr.
1950Mother Didn't Tell Me as Dr. Bruce Gordon
1949Johnny Stool Pigeon as Pringle
1949The Lady Gambles as Tony
1948Joan of Arc as Dunois, Bastard of Orleans
1948Miss Tatlock's Millions as Dr. Mason
1948The Snake Pit as Gordon
1948Sorry, Wrong Number as Fred Lord
1947The Gangster as Beaumont
1947Blonde Savage as Steve Blake
1942Arabian Nights as Kamar
1942Night Monster as Laurie
1942Pardon My Sarong as Whaba
1942Eagle Squadron as Johnny M. Coe
1942Are Husbands Necessary? as Bill Stone
1942The Fleet's In as Jake
1941H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown
1941The Blonde from Singapore as Terry Prescott
1941Nothing But the Truth as Tommy Van Dusen
1939Crisis as Narrator (voice)
1939...One Third of a Nation... as Peter Cortlant
1938Ride a Crooked Mile as Johnny Simpkins
1938The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Bob Hayes
1937Thrill of a Lifetime as Howard Nelson
1937Conquest as Paul Lachinski
1937Waikiki Wedding as Dr. Victor Quimby
1936College Holiday as Dick Winters
1936Girl of the Ozarks as Tom Bolton
1936Desert Gold as Glenn Kasedon
1936Drift Fence as Curley Prentice (as Glenn Erikson)
1935Nevada as Bill Ide (as Glen Erickson)
1935Wanderer of the Wasteland as Lawrence (as Glenn Erickson)

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