Richard Erdman


Actor

About

Also Known As
Dick Erdman
Birth Place
Enid, Oklahoma, USA
Born
June 01, 1925
Died
March 16, 2019

Biography

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...

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Brothers O'Toole (1973)
Director
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971)
Director
Bleep (1971)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Empire State Building Murders (2008)
Jesse (1988)
Dr Adams
Valet Girls (1987)
Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats (1987)
Sid Buckman
Stewardess School (1986)
Trancers (1985)
Tomboy (1985)
Chester
Heidi's Song (1982)
Voice
Spider-Man the Dragon's Challenge (1980)
Zieder
The Brothers O'Toole (1973)
The Great Man's Whiskers (1973)
Joseph Somerby
Visions... (1972)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Col. Edward F. French
Rascal (1969)
Walt Dabbitt
Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)
Deke
The Brass Bottle (1964)
Seymour Jenks
Face of Fire (1959)
Al Williams
Saddle the Wind (1958)
Dallas Hanson
The Rawhide Trail (1958)
Rupe Pardee
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Lester Everett
Anything Goes (1956)
Editor Brent
Bengazi (1955)
Selby
Francis in the Navy (1955)
[P.] Murph [Murphy]
The Stooge (1953)
Ben Bailey
The Steel Lady (1953)
Jim Evans
Stalag 17 (1953)
Sgt. "Hoffy" Hoffman
The Blue Gardenia (1953)
Al, photographer
Mission over Korea (1953)
Swenson
Aladdin and His Lamp (1952)
Mirza
The Happy Time (1952)
Alfred Grattin
The San Francisco Story (1952)
Shorty
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Pvt. Dogface Dolan
You're in the Navy Now (1951)
Ensign Chuck Dorrance
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951)
Corp. Frenchy
Cry Danger (1951)
DeLong
The Men (1950)
Leo
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
Ollie
Easy Living (1949)
Buddy Morgan
Swiss Tour (1949)
The Time of Your Life (1948)
[Willie] Marble game maniac
That Way with Women (1947)
Eddie
Wild Harvest (1947)
Mark Lewis
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Bellboy
Shadow of a Woman (1946)
Joe
Deception (1946)
Student
Night and Day (1946)
Young customer
Janie Gets Married (1946)
Scooper
Danger Signal (1945)
Bunkie Taylor
Objective, Burma! (1945)
"Nebraska" Hooper
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Joe Smith
Too Young to Know (1945)
Tommy
Janie (1944)
Wilber "Scooper" Nolan
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Soda jerk
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Western Union boy

Writer (Feature Film)

Bleep (1971)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Dark Wind (1991)
Co-Producer
Bleep (1971)
Producer

Cast (Special)

My Town (1986)
Fletcher Mays
The Third Commandment (1959)
Luke
Johnny Nighthawk (1959)
Matt Brent

Cast (Short)

So You Want to Play the Horses (1946)
Star in the Night (1945)
Musical Movieland (1944)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Cry Danger (1951) - All The Big Shots From opening credits revealing nothing but trains, star Dick Powell emerges, we soon learn, from a stretch in prison, greeted by cop Gus (Regis Toomey) and alibi DeLong (Richard Erdman), in Cry Danger, 1951, directed by Robert Parrish, also starring Rhonda Fleming.
Face Of Fire (1959) - He Don't Know A Pig From A Horse Dr. Trescott (Cameron Mitchell), brings trusted employee Monk (James Whitmore), speaking here for the first time since he was horribly disfigured while rescuing his son from a fire, to stay with puzzled neighbors (Richard Erdman, Lois Maxwell), in Face Of Fire, 1959.
Stalag 17 (1953) - There Should Be A Ham Hock Sefton (Academy Award-winner William Holden), beaten up by fellow POW’s who think he’s the informer, tries to bribe guard Schultz (Sig Rumann), before the others get back to the barracks, Hoffy (Richard Erdman) making an offer before “The Geneva Man” (Erwin Kalser) appears, in Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17, 1953.
Stalag 17 (1953) - When I See Those War Pictures Cookie (Gil Stratton Jr.) narrates for writer/director Billy Wilder, leading man William Holden not involved, as Hoffy, Duke and Price (Richard Erdman, Neville Brand, Peter Graves) brief Manfredi and Johnson (Michael Moore, Peter Baldwin) for their escape, opening Stalag 17, 1953.
Stalag 17 (1953) - Betty Grable The morning after two buddies died trying to escape, Duke (Neville Brand) in particular thinks Sefton (William Holden) informed the Germans, as Shapiro (Harvey Lembeck) and "Animal" (Robert Strauss) find solace in the new Russian lady prisoners next door, in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, 1953.
Stalag 17 (1953) - Trading With The Enemy P.O.W. Sefton (William Holden) who won money betting against two guys killed trying to escape, enjoys a bartered egg and gets hassled by Shapiro, "Aninal," Duke, Hoffy and Price (Harvey Lembeck, Robert Strauss, Neville Brand, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves), in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, 1953.

Bibliography