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Richard Erdman

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.

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Jun 1, 1925 In Enid, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mr. Skeffington 1944-05-25
Latest Project:
Series Community 2009-09-17
Known For
Poster of Namu, the Killer Whale
Poster of Saddle the Wind
Poster of The Rawhide Trail
Poster of The Stooge
Series Community Leonard 2009-09-17
Movie Empire State Building Murders Eddie Walker 2008-08-14
Series Joan of Arcadia Unknown 2003-09-26
Series Boomtown Unknown 2002-09-29
Series The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-14
Series Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Movie The Pagemaster Pirate (voice) 1994-11-23
Movie Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker actor 'Stalag 17' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1991-10-28
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Series Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
Movie Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Sid Buckman / Car Wash Manager (voice) 1988-03-20
Series DuckTales Unknown 1987-09-18
Movie Valet Girls Waiter 1987-01-01
Movie My Town Fletcher Mays 1986-05-25
Series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985-09-07
Movie Tomboy Chester 1985-11-14
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Trancers Drunken Wise Man 1984-11-07
Movie The Secret World of OG Pirate #1 1983-04-30
Series Remington Steele Unknown 1982-10-01
Movie Heidi's Song Herr Sessman 1982-11-19
Movie Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge Mr. Zeider 1981-06-25
Series Space Stars Additional Voices (voice) 1981-09-12
Series The Amazing Spider-Man Unknown 1978-04-05
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Mr. Majestyk Dick Richard (uncredited) 1974-07-17
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie Brothers O'Toole Judge Quincey P. Trumbell 1973-05-16
Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Colonel Edward F. French 1970-01-26
Movie Rascal Walt Dabbett 1969-06-11
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series Mr. Terrific Manny 1967-01-09
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie Namu, the Killer Whale Deke 1966-08-01
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Hogan's Heroes Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie The Brass Bottle Seymour Jenks 1964-05-20
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Saints and Sinners Klugie 1962-09-17
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Series The Tab Hunter Show Richard Fairfield III 1960-09-18
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Face of Fire Al Williams 1959-08-09
Series Not for Hire Unknown 1959-10-23
Movie The Rawhide Trail Rupe Pardee 1958-01-25
Movie Saddle the Wind Dallas Hanson 1958-03-20
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Anything Goes Ed Brent 1956-04-27
Series West Point Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Science Fiction Theatre Unknown 1955-04-09
Movie Francis in the Navy Murph 1955-08-24
Movie Bengazi Selby 1955-09-14
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie The Blue Gardenia Al 1953-03-20
Movie Stalag 17 Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman 1953-05-29
Series Where's Raymond? 1953-10-08
Movie Mission Over Korea Pvt. Swenson 1953-08-01
Movie The Steel Lady Jim Evans 1953-10-09
Movie Jumping Jacks Dogface Dolan 1952-06-11
Movie Aladdin and His Lamp Mirza 1952-02-24
Movie The San Francisco Story Shorty 1952-05-11
Movie The Stooge Ben Bailey 1952-12-21
Movie The Happy Time Alfred Grattin 1952-10-30
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie You're in the Navy Now Ens. Chuck Dorrance 1951-02-23
Movie Cry Danger Delong 1951-02-23
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Wild Blue Yonder Cpl. Frenchy 1951-12-05
Movie The Admiral Was a Lady Oliver 'Ollie' Bonelli 1950-08-04
Movie The Men Leo 1950-08-25
Movie Easy Living Buddy Morgan 1949-10-08
Movie The Time of Your Life Willie 1948-09-03
Movie That Way with Women Eddie (as Dick Erdman) 1947-02-14
Movie Wild Harvest Mark Lewis 1947-09-26
Movie Janie Gets Married Lt. 'Scooper' Nolan (as Dick Erdman) 1946-06-22
Movie Shadow of a Woman Joe, Counterman at Owl Lunch 1946-09-14
Movie So You Want to Play the Horses Eddie (uncredited) 1946-10-05
Movie Nobody Lives Forever Bellboy, The Marwood Arms 1946-11-01
Movie Deception Jerry Spencer (uncredited) 1946-10-26
Movie Objective, Burma! Pvt. Nebraska Hooper 1945-02-17
Movie Star in the Night Middle Cowboy 1945-10-13
Movie Too Young to Know Tommy 1945-12-01
Movie Danger Signal Bunkie Taylor (as Dick Erdman) 1945-11-21
Movie Mr. Skeffington Western Union Boy (uncredited) 1944-05-25
Movie Janie Scooper Nolan (as Dick Erdman) 1944-09-02
Movie The Very Thought of You Soda Jerk 1944-10-20
Movie Hollywood Canteen Soldier on Deck (uncredited) 1944-12-15