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Also Known As: Joseph Meibes Died:
Born: September 25, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor

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Actor Leif Erickson's Nordic good looks earned him lots of screen time as well as pinning him in frequent second-banana spots reserved for the highly attractive but moderately talented. His first love was music, and he worked first as a vocalist and trombone player. After dabbling in theater, he moved into films, playing alongside Buster Crabbe in a series of Westerns based on the stories of Zane Grey. Though the parts kept coming, Erickson took a four-year break from acting to serve in World War II, returning afterward to success in such notable films as "The Snake Pit," a drama of life in a psychiatric hospital, and "Show Boat," the 1951 version of the famous musical. Erickson continued to work steadily in supporting roles, including that of an investigator in the classic drama of life on the docks, "On the Waterfront." After numerous spots on anthology and Western series, he landed the top spot on "The High Chaparral" as the head of a family of ranchers, leading the show for four seasons. Once that show ended, he mainly played one-off parts on TV series through the '70s. His final appearance came in 1984 in an episode of "Fantasy Island." In his personal life, Erickson gained some notoriety for...

Actor Leif Erickson's Nordic good looks earned him lots of screen time as well as pinning him in frequent second-banana spots reserved for the highly attractive but moderately talented. His first love was music, and he worked first as a vocalist and trombone player. After dabbling in theater, he moved into films, playing alongside Buster Crabbe in a series of Westerns based on the stories of Zane Grey. Though the parts kept coming, Erickson took a four-year break from acting to serve in World War II, returning afterward to success in such notable films as "The Snake Pit," a drama of life in a psychiatric hospital, and "Show Boat," the 1951 version of the famous musical. Erickson continued to work steadily in supporting roles, including that of an investigator in the classic drama of life on the docks, "On the Waterfront." After numerous spots on anthology and Western series, he landed the top spot on "The High Chaparral" as the head of a family of ranchers, leading the show for four seasons. Once that show ended, he mainly played one-off parts on TV series through the '70s. His final appearance came in 1984 in an episode of "Fantasy Island." In his personal life, Erickson gained some notoriety for trading actress wives in 1942, divorcing Frances Farmer and marrying Margaret Hayes on the same day.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Primary Target (1990)
2.
 Final Mission (1984) Colonel Joshua Cain
4.
 Kommando-Unternehmen Rote Laterne (1978) Major "Stony" Stonewall
5.
 Tenafly (1973) Ken Shepherd
6.
 Bounty Man, The (1972) Billy Riddle
7.
 Crash (1971)
8.
 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Col. Heller
9.
 The Destructors (1968) Dutch Holland
10.
 The Money Jungle (1968) Blake Heller
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Milestones close milestones

1951:
Film acting debut in "Terea"
1951:
Broadway acting debut in "Stalag 17"

Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York -

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John Ericson (sometimes Erickson), born John Meibes (September 25, 1926) in Düsseldorf, Germany, is an actor and film and television star. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, played the lead role in Stalag 17 by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski on Broadway (1951). He went on to make a number of films for MGM in quick succession in the 1950s. His first appearance was in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann, which also launched the film careers of Pier Angeli and Rod Steiger. He then went on to appear in a series of films which included Rhapsody, The Student Prince, Green Fire (all in 1954), and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). His career continued, mostly on television, for the next 30 years. He co-starred with Anne Francis in the detective series Honey West in 1965, and he occasionally appeared in films such as Pretty Boy Floyd (1960), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). He has been married twice and has two children from his first marriage to Milly Coury.

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