Leif Erickson

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Leif Erickson (October 27, 1911 – January 29, 1986) was an American film and television actor.

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Background

Leif Erickson was born William Wycliffe Anderson in Alameda, California, He worked as a band vocalist and trombone player, then gained a small amount of stage experience. Initially billed by Paramount Pictures as Glenn Erickson, he began his screen career as a leading man in Westerns. Erickson made his film debut in two 1933 band films with Betty Grable before starting a string of Buster Crabbe Westerns based on Zane Grey novels. Erickson took four years off to serve in World War II and was twice wounded.

Career

Erickson appeared in films such as College Holiday (1937), Conquest (1937), Ride a Crooked Mile (1938), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), The Snake Pit (1948), Fourteen Hours (1951), Invaders from Mars (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), Twilight for the Gods (1958), A Gathering of Eagles (1963), Roustabout (1964) and The Carpetbaggers (1964).[1]

Perhaps his most notable role was as Deborah Kerr's macho husband in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy. He also played the role of Pete, the vindictive boat engineer, in the 1951 screen remake of the famed musical Show Boat. Erickson appeared frequently on television, having been cast with Bette Davis and Sandy Descher in the 1959 episode "Dark Morning" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He had a lead role as patriarch Big John Cannon in the television series The High Chaparral from 1967 until 1971. His wife, Victoria, was played by Linda Cristal, and his screen son from a previous marriage, Billy Blue Cannon, by Mark Slade. He made few films after 1965 and retired from the screen after 1977.[2]

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