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      Leif Erickson

      Leif Erickson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Tall Target (1951)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Carpetbaggers (1964)

      Birthday: Oct 27, 1911

      Birthplace: Alameda, California, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Mirage
      The Tall Target
      Conquest
      On the Waterfront
      Joan of Arc
      Strait-Jacket
      Invaders From Mars
      Sorry, Wrong Number

      Photos

      DALLAS, from left: Gary Cooper, Leif Erickson, 1950 RIDE A CROOKED MILE, from left: Frances Farmer, Leif Erickson, Akim Tamiroff, 1938 ROUSTABOUT, from left, Leif Erickson, Barbara Stanwyck, 1964 COLLEGE HOLIDAY, Marsha Hunt, Leif Erickson, 1936 TEA AND SYMPATHY, Leif Erickson, Deborah Kerr, 1956 STAR IN THE DUST, Leif Erickson, 1956 MY WIFE'S BEST FRIEND, Leif Erickson, Anne Baxter, 1952, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright SHOW BOAT, Leif Erickson, Ava Gardner, 1951 WITH A SONG IN MY HEART, Leif Erickson, 1952, ©20th Century-Fox, TM & Copyright, DALLAS, from left: Ruth Roman, Leif Erickson, Gary Cooper, 1950 TWILIGHT FOR THE GODS, Leif Erickson, 1958 TEA AND SYMPATHY, from left: Leif Erickson, Deborah Kerr, 1956 ON THE WATERFRONT, from left: Marlon Brando, Leif Erickson, 1954 RIDE A CROOKED MILE, from left: AKim Tamiroff, Frances Farmer, Leif Erickson, 1938 ARABIAN NIGHTS, Leif Erickson, 1942 PARIS MODEL, Leif Erickson, Paulette Goddard, 1953 ONE THIRD OF A NATION, Leif Erickson, Sylvia Sidney, 1939 GIRL OF THE OZARKS, from left: Leif Erickson, Elizabeth Russell, 1936 MIRAGE, George Kennedy, Gregory Peck, Leif Erickson, 1965, held at gunpoint MIRAGE, George Kennedy, Gregory Peck, Leif Erickson, 1965.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost in Time Unknown (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 73% Winterhawk Guthrie (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abduction Prescott (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 71% Man and Boy Sheriff Mossman (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Amos Wetherall (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Rico Mike Lamont (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror in the Sky Marty Treleavan (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seek and Destroy King (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deadly Dream Dr. Harold Malcolm (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 46% I Saw What You Did Dave Mannering (Character) - 1965
      100% 74% Mirage Crawford Gilcuttie (Character) - 1965
      56% 56% Roustabout Joe Lean (Character) - 1964
      33% 61% The Carpetbaggers Jonas Cord Sr. (Character) - 1964
      89% 67% Strait-Jacket Bill Cutler (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 57% A Gathering of Eagles Gen. Hewitt (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shoot Out at Big Sag Sam Barbee (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight for the Gods Harry Hutton (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Horse Granville "Granny" Dix (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 36% Kiss Them for Me Eddie Turnbill (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 40% The Vintage Louis Morel (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 60% Istanbul Charlie Boyle (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 40% Star in the Dust George Ballard (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 71% The Fastest Gun Alive Lou Glover (Character) - 1956
      83% 76% Tea and Sympathy Bill Reynolds (Character) - 1956
      99% 95% On the Waterfront Glover, Crime Commission (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Born to the Saddle Robert "Bob" Marshall (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Scarface Sam (Character) - 1953
      88% 56% Invaders From Mars Mr. George MacLean (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 62% Trouble Along the Way Father Provincial (aka Ed) (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Model Edgar Blevins (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Wife's Best Friend Nicholas Reed (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 30% Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Morgan (Character) - 1952
      67% 62% With a Song in My Heart General (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fort Algiers Sgt. Kalmani (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% Never Wave at a WAC Sgt. Norbert "Noisy" Jackson (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 54% Carbine Williams Feder (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 62% Hill Number One Pilate (Character) - 1951
      60% 56% The Cimarron Kid Marshal John Sutton (Character) - 1951
      83% 70% Show Boat Pete (Character) - 1951
      100% 67% The Tall Target Stranger (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Didn't Tell Me Dr. Bruce Gordon (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 55% Dallas U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stella Fred Anderson Jr. (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 71% Three Secrets Bill Chase (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 29% The Lady Gambles Tony (Character) - 1949
      90% 54% Joan of Arc Dunois (Character) - 1948
      86% 78% Sorry, Wrong Number Fred Lord (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gay Intruders Dr. Harold Matson (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blonde Savage Steve Blake (Character) - 1947
      60% 29% Night Monster Laurie (Character) - 1942
      75% 80% Arabian Nights Kamar (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eagle Squadron Johnny M. Coe (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 45% The Fleet's In Jake (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 58% Pardon My Sarong Whaba (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 46% Nothing but the Truth Tommy Van Dusen (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blonde From Singapore Terry Prescott (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Peter Cortlant (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crisis: A Film of the Nazi Way Unknown (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 60% The Big Broadcast of 1938 Bob Hayes (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile Johnny Simpkins (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 65% Waikiki Wedding Dr. Victor Quimby (Character) - 1937
      100% 56% Conquest Paul Lachinski (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desert Gold Glenn Kasedon (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drift Fence Curley Prentiss (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl of the Ozarks Tom Bolton (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nevada Bull Ide (Character) - 1935

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Carl Colton 'C.C.' Calloway (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Kowalski (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix B. J. Yarborough (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Fr. Henry Driscoll (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1971 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Lt. Jerry Price (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Big John Cannon (Character) 1967-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Virgil Powell (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Bill King (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Wayne Phillips (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Unknown (Guest Star)