Veteran Character Actor/Director Richard Erdman

Air Date:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Show #22

DickRVeteran character actor/director Richard Erdman who started out in the last days of vaudeville. In 1944 at the age of 17 he was signed to a contract with Warner Bros. and he has been working as an actor ever since. Richard has been in over 100 films and over 600 Television shows. He was the barracks chief ‘Hoffy’ in “Stalag 17”, he played the Delong in the film “Cry Danger” with his idol William Powell and McNulty in that famous and popular Twilight Zone, “A kind of Stopwatch”. Richard has some great stories of his career and all the great actors he worked with in the past six decades. This is a show about old Hollywood and what it was like working as an actor in those wonderful days of the studio system

Dick Erdman was born John Richard Erdmann in Enid, Oklahoma. In a career that has spanned seven decades, his best known roles are that of the barracks chief erdmanHoffy 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.

From 1953 to 1954, Erdman co-starred with Ray Bolger in ABC sitcom Where’s Raymond?. Erdman was cast as the pessimistic Pete Morrisey, Ray’s landlord and press agent.

Erdman appeared as blackmailer and murder victim Arthur Binney in the Perry Mason first season television episode, “The Case Of The Gilded Lily,” which aired on CBS on May 24, 1958. During the nine-year run of the series he appeared in five other episodes, often portraying the actual murderer.

He appeared as Sergeant Jasper in Walt Disney’s miniseries The Swamp Fox. He appeared comically as Buck Brown, a Broadway wardrobe man on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1962, Erdman had a recurring role as Klugie, the photographer, in the NBC series Saints and Sinners.

In 1990, Erdman appeared as Howard Banks on Wings in the episode “Around the World in Eighty Years”. As of October 2009, he has had a recurring role as Leonard Rodriguez on Community.

 Richard Erdman’s Interview