Biography

Richard Erdman (June 1, 1925 - March 16, 2019) was an American film and television actor and director.

In a career that has spanned seven decades, his best known roles are that of the barracks chief Hoffy in Stalag 17, and McNulty in the classic Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch". In Tora Tora Tora he played Colonel Edward F. French, the officer who responded to the failure to transmit the warning to Pearl Harbor using Army radio to instead use commercial telegraph rather than using the Navy or FBI radio systems.

Erdman appeared as the blackmailer, Arthur Binney, in the Perry Mason first season TV episode "The Case Of The Gilded Lily" aired May 24, 1958. In 1960, he co-starred with Tab Hunter in the short-lived The Tab Hunter Show on NBC, which aired opposite The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and Lawman with John Russell on ABC. He was very funny when he appeared as a Broadway wardrobe man named Buck Brown on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". In 1962, Erdman had a recurring role as Klugie, the photographer, in the short-lived Nick Adams-John Larkin NBC series Saints and Sinners.

Richard Erdman (June 1, 1925 - March 16, 2019) was an American film and television actor and director.

In a career that has spanned seven decades, his best known roles are that of the barracks chief Hoffy in Stalag 17, and McNulty in the classic Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch". In Tora Tora Tora he played Colonel Edward F. French, the officer who responded to the failure to transmit the warning to Pearl Harbor using Army radio to instead use commercial telegraph rather than using the Navy or FBI radio systems.

Erdman appeared as the blackmailer, Arthur Binney, in the Perry Mason first season TV episode "The Case Of The Gilded Lily" aired May 24, 1958. In 1960, he co-starred with Tab Hunter in the short-lived The Tab Hunter Show on NBC, which aired opposite The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and Lawman with John Russell on ABC. He was very funny when he appeared as a Broadway wardrobe man named Buck Brown on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". In 1962, Erdman had a recurring role as Klugie, the photographer, in the short-lived Nick Adams-John Larkin NBC series Saints and Sinners.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 93

Birthday 1925-06-01

Day of Death 2019-03-16

Place of Birth Enid, Oklahoma, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Richard Erdmann
  • Dick Erdman

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Operating Instructions (1 episode) as Henry
2009 Community (44 episodes) as Leonard
2008 Empire State Building Murders as Eddie Walker
2003 Joan of Arcadia (1 episode)
2002 Boomtown (1 episode)
2001 The Bernie Mac Show (1 episode)
1999 Judging Amy (1 episode)
1994 The Pagemaster as Pirate (voice)
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 (1 episode)
1990 Wings (1 episode)
1988 Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats as Sid Buckman / Car Wash Manager (voice)
1987 DuckTales (1 episode)
1987 Valet Girls as Waiter
1986 My Town as Fletcher Mays
1985 Tomboy as Chester
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (13 episodes)
1984 Trancers as Drunken Wise Man
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1983 The Secret World of OG as Pirate #1
1982 Heidi's Song as Herr Sessman
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1981 Space Stars (66 episodes)
1977 Lou Grant (3 episodes)
1977 The Amazing Spider-Man (2 episodes)
1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1974 Mr. Majestyk as Dick Richard
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! as Colonel Edward F. French
1969 Rascal as Walt Dabbett
1968 Here's Lucy (1 episode)
1967 Mr. Terrific (1 episode) as Manny
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 Namu, the Killer Whale as Deke
1965 Hogan's Heroes (1 episode)
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1 episode)
1964 The Brass Bottle as Seymour Jenks
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1962 Saints and Sinners (17 episodes) as Klugie
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 The Tab Hunter Show (32 episodes) as Richard Fairfield III
1959 Not for Hire (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1959 Face of Fire as Al Williams
1958 Saddle the Wind as Dallas Hanson
1958 The Rawhide Trail as Rupe Pardee
1957 Perry Mason (6 episodes)
1957 Panic! (1 episode)
1956 West Point (1 episode)
1956 Anything Goes as Ed Brent
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Navy Log (1 episode)
1955 Bengazi as Selby
1955 Francis in the Navy as Murph
1955 Science Fiction Theatre (1 episode)
1954 December Bride (2 episodes)
1953 The Steel Lady as Jim Evans
1953 Where's Raymond? (39 episodes)
1953 Mission Over Korea as Pvt. Swenson
1953 Stalag 17 as Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
1953 The Blue Gardenia as Al
1952 The Stooge as Ben Bailey
1952 The Happy Time as Alfred Grattin
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Jumping Jacks as Pvt. Dogface Dolan
1952 The San Francisco Story as Shorty
1952 Aladdin and His Lamp as Mirza
1951 The Wild Blue Yonder as Cpl. Frenchy
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 You're in the Navy Now as Ens. Chuck Dorrance
1951 Cry Danger as Delong
1950 The Admiral Was a Lady as Oliver 'Ollie' Bonelli
1950 The Men as Leo
1949 Easy Living as Buddy Morgan (as Dick Erdman)
1948 The Time of Your Life as Willie (the pinball machine maniac)
1947 Wild Harvest as Mark Lewis
1947 That Way With Women as Eddie (as Dick Erdman)
1946 Nobody Lives Forever as Bellboy, The Marwood Arms (as Dick Erdman)
1946 Deception as Jerry Spencer (uncredited)
1946 Shadow of a Woman as Joe, Counterman at Owl Lunch (as Dick Erdman)
1946 Janie Gets Married as Lt. 'Scooper' Nolan (as Dick Erdman)
1945 Too Young to Know as Tommy
1945 Danger Signal as Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)
1945 Objective, Burma! as Pvt. Nebraska Hooper
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Soldier on Deck (uncredited)
1944 The Very Thought of You as Soda Jerk (as Dick Erdman)
1944 Janie as Scooper Nolan (as Dick Erdman)
1944 Mr. Skeffington as Western Union Boy (uncredited)

Directing

Teenage Tease Director
1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood Director

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