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|Also Known As:||Dick Erdman||Died:|
|Born:||June 1, 1925||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Enid, Oklahoma, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor director|
Richard Erdman's lengthy acting career spans everything from science-fiction to sitcoms, containing many memorable roles in film and television. Erdman got his start in the '40s with small roles in minor films like the action-filled "Objective, Burma" and the romantic melodrama "Wild Harvest," which starred Dorothy Lamour as a scheming drifter who manipulates her husband into funding her lavish lifestyle. In 1953, Erdman landed a pivotal role as a defiant barracks chief in "Stalag 17," about a group of American World War II P.O.W.s who suspect one of their fellow prisoners has turned against them. A few years later, he was cast as wealthy playboy Richard Fairfield III in the short-lived series "The Tab Hunter Show" and landed a recurring role as a philosophizing photographer in "Saints and Sinners," about the staff of a fictional New York City newspaper. Erdman appeared as a down-and-out man who receives an unexpected gift in the famous "Twilight Zone" episode "A Kind of Stopwatch" and later played a war-weary colonel in "Tora! Tora! Tora!," about the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2009, he joined the cast of the meta-comedy TV series "Community" as Leonard, an elderly, prank-loving community college student who antagonizes the school with his rowdy friends.
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The son of an itinerant piano tuner-father and a restaurateur-mother, Richard Erdman was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Colorado. Having taken drama lessons since his early childhood, Erdman was 15 when he was brought to Hollywood by his mother to be "discovered." It wasn't until he'd held down an interim job as a sports reporter for the Los Angeles Examiner that Erdman finally appeared in his first film, Warner Bros.' Janie (1944). Rapidly outgrowing juvenile roles, Erdman played character parts in Hollywood films like Stalag 17 (1953) and in such European productions as Four Days Leave (1950) and Face of Fire (1959). In 1961, Erdman co-starred on the short-lived sitcom The Tab Hunter Show, playing Tab's millionaire-playboy buddy, Peter Fairchild III. In 1973, Erdman made his big-screen directorial debut with The Brothers O'Toole. Since that time, Richard Erdman has kept busy as a voice-over actor, offering a wide range of vocal characterizations for dozens of TV cartoon series, as well as the 1994 animated feature film The Pagemaster.
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