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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

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

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 114

Birthday 1911-10-27

Day of Death 1986-01-29

Place of Birth Alameda, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Leif Erikson
  • Glenn Erickson
  • Glen Erickson
  • Glenn Erikson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1977 Hunter (1 episode)
1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming as Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
1977 The Fantastic Journey (1 episode)
1977 Terror in the Sky as Marty Treleavan
1975 Winterhawk as Guthrie
1975 Medical Story (1 episode)
1975 Abduction as Prescott
1975 Force Five as Cal Newkirk
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1973 The Evil Touch (1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe as Amos Wetherall
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 The Deadly Dream as Dr. Harold Malcolm
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 Man and Boy as Sheriff Mossman
1970 Night Gallery (2 episodes)
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1968 The Mod Squad (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 The High Chaparral (98 episodes) as Big John Cannon
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1965 Mirage as The Major
1965 I Saw What You Did as Dave Mannering
1965 Branded (1 episode)
1964 Roustabout as Joe Lean
1964 Daniel Boone (2 episodes)
1964 The Carpetbaggers as Jonas Cord Senior
1964 Strait-Jacket as Bill Cutler
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (2 episodes)
1963 The Great Adventure (2 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial (1 episode)
1963 A Gathering of Eagles as Gen. Hewitt
1962 The Virginian (3 episodes)
1962 Shoot Out At Big Sag as Sam Barbee
1961 The New Breed (1 episode)
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (2 episodes)
1958 The Rifleman (1 episode)
1958 Once Upon a Horse... as Granville 'Granny' Dix
1958 Twilight for the Gods as Harry Hutton
1957 Kiss Them for Me as Eddie Turnbill
1957 Panic Button as Paul Henderson
1957 Istanbul as Charlie Boyle
1957 The Vintage as Louis Morel
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (2 episodes)
1956 The Fastest Gun Alive as Lou Glover
1956 Star in the Dust as George Ballard
1956 Tea and Sympathy as Bill Reynolds
1955 Matinee Theater (2 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (2 episodes)
1954 Climax! (4 episodes)
1954 On the Waterfront as Glover
1954 Inner Sanctum (1 episode)
1953 Paris Model as Edgar Blevins
1953 Captain Scarface as Sam (as Lief Erickson)
1953 Fort Algiers as Kalmani
1953 Invaders from Mars as Mr. George MacLean
1953 A Perilous Journey as Richards
1953 Trouble Along the Way as Father Provincial aka Ed
1953 Born to the Saddle as Bob Marshall
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1953 Never Wave at a WAC as Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson
1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd as Morgan
1952 My Wife's Best Friend as Nicholas Reed
1952 With a Song in My Heart as General aboard plane
1952 Sailor Beware as Cmdr. Lane
1952 The Cimarron Kid as Marshal John Sutton
1951 Reunion in Reno as B. Frederick Linaker
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 The Tall Target as Stranger
1951 Show Boat as Pete
1951 Fourteen Hours as Bit Part (uncredited)
1951 Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration as Pilate
1950 Dallas as U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby
1950 Three Secrets as Bill Chase
1950 The Showdown as Big Mart
1950 Stella as Fred Anderson Jr.
1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
1949 Johnny Stool Pigeon as Pringle
1949 The Lady Gambles as Tony
1948 Joan of Arc as Dunois, Bastard of Orleans
1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions as Dr. Mason
1948 The Snake Pit as Gordon
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number as Fred Lord
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself (archive)
1947 The Gangster as Beaumont
1947 Blonde Savage as Steve Blake
1942 Arabian Nights as Kamar
1942 Night Monster as Laurie
1942 Pardon My Sarong as Whaba
1942 Eagle Squadron as Johnny M. Coe
1942 Are Husbands Necessary? as Bill Stone
1942 The Fleet's In as Jake
1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown
1941 The Blonde from Singapore as Terry Prescott
1941 Nothing But the Truth as Tommy Van Dusen
1939 Crisis as Narrator (voice)
1939 ...One Third of a Nation... as Peter Cortlant
1938 Ride A Crooked Mile as Johnny Simpkins
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Bob Hayes
1937 Thrill of a Lifetime as Howard Nelson
1937 Conquest as Paul Lachinski
1937 Waikiki Wedding as Dr. Victor Quimby
1936 College Holiday as Dick Winters
1936 Girl of the Ozarks as Tom Bolton
1936 Desert Gold as Glenn Kasedon
1936 Drift Fence as Curley Prentice (as Glenn Erikson)

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