Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman

  • Born on
    • June 1st, 1925
  • Died on
    • March 16th, 2019
Richard Erdman (June 1, 1925 - March 16, 2019) was an American film and television actor and director. In a career that has spanned seven decades, his best known roles are that of the barracks chief Hoffy in Stalag 17, and McNulty in the classic Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch". In Tora Tora Tora he played Colonel Edward F. French, the officer who responded to the failure to transmit the warning to Pearl Harbor using Army radio to instead use commercial telegraph rather than using the Navy or FBI radio systems. Erdman appeared as the blackmailer, Arthur Binney, in the Perry Mason first season TV episode "The Case Of The Gilded Lily" aired May 24, 1958. In 1960, he co-starred with Tab Hunter in the short-lived The Tab Hunter Show on NBC, which aired opposite The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and Lawman with John Russell on ABC. He was very funny when he appeared as a Broadway wardrobe man named Buck Brown on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". In 1962, Erdman had a recurring role as Klugie, the photographer, in the short-lived Nick Adams-John Larkin NBC series Saints and Sinners.


Acting (27 Credits)

1994The Pagemaster as Pirate (voice)
1985Tomboy as Chester
1984Trancers as Drunken Wise Man
1974Mr. Majestyk as Dick Richard
1970Tora! Tora! Tora! as Colonel Edward F. French
1964The Brass Bottle as Seymour Jenks
1958Saddle the Wind as Dallas Hanson
1956Anything Goes as Ed Brent
1955Francis in the Navy as Murph
1953Stalag 17 as Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
1953The Blue Gardenia as Al
1952Jumping Jacks as Dogface Dolan
1952The Happy Time as Alfred Grattin
1951Cry Danger as Delong
1951The Stooge as Ben Bailey
1951You're in the Navy Now as Ens. Chuck Dorrance
1950The Men as Leo
1949Easy Living as Buddy Morgan
1948The Time of Your Life as Willie
1946Deception as Jerry Spencer (uncredited)
1946Nobody Lives Forever as Bellboy, The Marwood Arms
1945Danger Signal as Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman)
1945Star in the Night as Middle Cowboy
1945Objective, Burma! as Pvt. Nebraska Hooper
1944The Very Thought of You as Soda Jerk (as Dick Erdman)
1944Mr. Skeffington as Western Union Boy (uncredited)
1944Hollywood Canteen as Soldier on Deck (uncredited)


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