Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman

Highest Rated: 100% You're in the Navy Now (1951)

Lowest Rated: 40% Easy Living (1949)

Birthday: Jun 1, 1925

Birthplace: Enid, Oklahoma, USA

Richard Erdman's lengthy acting career spanned 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. His final acting appearance came in an episode of "Dr. Ken" (ABC 2015-17), starring Erdman's former "Community" co-star Ken Jeong. Richard Erdman died in an assisted living facility in Los Angeles on March 16, 2019. He was 93.

Highest rated movies

You're in the Navy Now
Stalag 17
The Blue Gardenia
The Men
The Brass Bottle
Easy Living




No Score Yet 12% Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Sid Buckman (Voice) - 1987
No Score Yet 16% Valet Girls Waiter (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 32% Tomboy Chester (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 100% Heidi's Song Herr Sessman (Voice) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chinese Web Mr. Zeider (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man's Whiskers Joseph Somerby (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 60% The Brothers O'Toole Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Visions... Ellis (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 100% Mooch Goes to Hollywood Director - 1971
No Score Yet 44% Rascal Walt Dabbett (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 46% Namu, the Killer Whale Deke (Character) - 1966
40% 38% The Brass Bottle Seymour Jenks (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 54% Saddle the Wind Dallas Hanson (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% The Power and the Prize Lester Everett (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 44% Anything Goes Ed Brent (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 53% Francis in the Navy Murph (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Lady Jim Evans (Character) - 1953
81% 62% The Blue Gardenia Al (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 77% The Stooge Ben Bailey (Character) - 1953
97% 93% Stalag 17 Hoffy (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 54% Jumping Jacks Pvt. Dogface Dolan (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin and His Lamp Mirza (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 83% Cry Danger Delong (Character) - 1951
100% 40% You're in the Navy Now Ens. Chuck Dorrance (Character) - 1951
77% 73% The Men Leo (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 0% The Admiral Was a Lady Oliver 'Ollie' Bonelli (Character) - 1950
40% 24% Easy Living Buddy Morgan (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 51% The Time of Your Life Willie (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Way With Women Eddie (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Harvest Mark Lewis (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of a Woman Joe (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Lt. `'Scooper'` Nolan (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 41% Danger Signal Bunkie Taylor (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 40% Janie Scooper Nolan (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 75% The Very Thought of You Soda Jerk (Character) - 1944


7% 59% Dr. Ken Himself (Guest Star) 2017
88% 88% Community Leonard (Guest Star) 2009-2015
44% 62% Weird Loners Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
54% No Score Yet Hudson Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 100% Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Ernie (Guest Star) 1987
100% 96% DuckTales King Arty (Guest Voice) 1987
No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Store Manager (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Sgt. Gilroy (Guest Star) 1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% The Dick Van Dyke Show Buck Brown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Harry Niles (Guest Star) 1958-1959 1962 1964-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
82% 95% The Twilight Zone McNulty (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saints and Sinners Klugie (Character) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventure Showcase Matt Brent (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The David Niven Show Host 1959
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958