Leif Erickson

Lowest Rated: 17% D.C. Cab (1983)
Birthday: Oct 27, 1911
Birthplace: Not Available
Born William Anderson, this brawny, blond second lead had the looks of a Viking god. He worked as a band vocalist and trombone player, then gained a small amount of stage experience before debuting onscreen in a bit part (as a corpse) in Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935). Billed by Paramount as Glenn Erickson, he began his screen career as a leading man in Westerns. Because of his Nordic looks he was renamed Leif Erikson, which he later changed to Erickson. He played intelligent but unexciting second leads and supporting parts in many films. Erickson took four years off to serve in World War II and was twice wounded. He made few films after 1965 and retired from the screen after 1977. Also working on Broadway and in TV plays, he played the patriarch Big John Cannon in the TV series High Chaparral (1967-1971). From 1934 to 1942, he was married to actress Frances Farmer, with whom he co-starred in Ride a Crooked Mile (1938); later, he was briefly married to actress Margaret Hayes (aka Dana Dale).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) Farbor Sandberg 1987
No Score Yet Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
17% D.C. Cab Actor 1983
66% Rocky III Actor 1982
No Score Yet Penitentiary 2 Actor 1982
No Score Yet Wild Times Actor 1979
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming CIA Director 1977
No Score Yet Winterhawk Guthrie 1975
No Score Yet Abduction Prescott 1975
No Score Yet The Family Rico Mike Lamont 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Sheriff Mossman 1971
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did Dave Mannering 1965
No Score Yet Mirage Major Crawford 1965
29% The Carpetbaggers Jonas Cord Sr. 1964
88% Strait-Jacket Bill Cutler 1964
56% Roustabout Joe Lean 1964
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles Gen. Hewitt 1963
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Eddie Turnbill 1957
80% Tea and Sympathy Bill Reynolds 1957
No Score Yet The Vintage Louis Morel 1957
No Score Yet Istanbul Charlie Boyle 1957
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive Lou Glover 1956
No Score Yet Star in the Dust George Ballard 1956
98% On the Waterfront Glover 1954
82% Invaders from Mars Mr. George MacLean 1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way Father Provincial 1953
No Score Yet Never Wave at a WAC Sgt, Noisy Jackson 1953
No Score Yet Fort Algiers Kalmani 1953
No Score Yet Captain Scarface Sam 1953
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle Robert 'Bob' Marshall 1953
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Morgan 1952
No Score Yet Carbine Williams Feder 1952
60% With a Song in My Heart General 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Cmdr. Lane 1952
No Score Yet The Cimarron Kid Marshal Sutton 1952
No Score Yet The Tall Target Stranger 1951
89% Show Boat Pete 1951
No Score Yet Hill Number One Actor 1951
No Score Yet Dallas Martin Weatherby 1950
No Score Yet Three Secrets Bill Chase 1950
No Score Yet The Showdown Big Mart 1950
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon Pringle 1949
No Score Yet The Lady Gambles Tony 1949
100% Joan of Arc Jean Dunois 1948
100% The Snake Pit Gordon 1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Fred 1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Dr. Mason 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Beaumont 1947
No Score Yet Blonde Savage Steve Blake 1947
No Score Yet Night Monster (House of Mystery) Laurie the Chauffeur 1942
No Score Yet Pardon My Sarong Whaba 1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In Jake 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Kamar 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Rodney "Bo-Jo" Brown 1941
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth Tommy Van Deusen 1941
No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Peter Cortlant 1939
No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile Johnny Simpkins 1938
No Score Yet Crisis Actor 1938
No Score Yet Conquest Paul Lachinski 1937
No Score Yet Waikiki Wedding Dr. Victor Quimby 1937
No Score Yet College Holiday Dick Winters 1936
No Score Yet Texas Desperadoes Curley Prentiss 1936
No Score Yet Desert Gold Glenn Kasedon 1936
No Score Yet The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (Girl of My Dreams) Himself 1933
No Score Yet Desert Gold Actor 1919

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
C.C. Calloway
  • 1979
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Charlie Wheatland
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Virgil Powell
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Tatum Caine
  • 1965
  • 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Jeremiah Travis
  • 1961
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Wayne Phillips
  • 1958

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