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Leif Erickson



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jungle Girls Gone Wild
  • Actor
2008
100% My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)
  • Farbor Sandberg
1987
No Score Yet Through the Looking Glass
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet D.C. Cab
  • Actor
1983
63% 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 Final Tactic
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Man and Boy
  • Sheriff Mossman
1971
No Score Yet New Lion of Sonora
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did
  • Dave Mannering
1965
No Score Yet Mirage
  • Major Crawford
1965
33% The Carpetbaggers
  • Jonas Cord Sr.
1964
80% Strait-Jacket
  • Bill Cutler
1964
63% Roustabout
  • Joe Lean
1964
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles
  • Gen. Hewitt
1963
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me
  • Eddie Turnbill
1957
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 Texas Desperados
  • Actor
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

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