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John Ericson (sometimes spelled Erickson; born Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes; September 25, 1926 – May 3, 2020) was a German-American film and television actor known primarily for his co-star role with actress Anne Francis on the ABC television series Honey West in the 1965-66 season.
Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes
September 25, 1926
|Died||May 3, 2020 (aged 93)|
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
(m. 1953; div. 1971)
Ericson was born Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes in Düsseldorf, Germany. His parents were Ellen Wilson, a Swedish actress and operatic star, and Carl F. Meibes, who later became president of a New York food extract corporation. The family left Germany, reportedly to escape the rising Nazi regime, and came to the United States. Ericson trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in the same class as Grace Kelly, Jack Palance and Don Rickles.
Ericson gained early acting experience with stock companies at the Gateway Theatre in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He appeared on Broadway in the original 1951 production of Stalag 17, directed by José Ferrer.
Ericson made a number of films for MGM in quick succession in the 1950s. His first appearance was in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann. He also appeared in Rhapsody, The Student Prince, Green Fire (all in 1954), and in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He co-starred with Barbara Stanwyck in Forty Guns (1957). In 1958 he appeared as Sheriff Barney Wiley in the Western Day of the Badman which starred Fred MacMurray.
For the next 30 years, his career continued mostly on television. He appeared in the lead role in "The Peter Bartley Story" of the CBS drama The Millionaire. He appeared with Dorothy Malone in the episode "Mutiny" of CBS's Appointment with Adventure (which aired on January 1, 1956). He made guest appearances in The Restless Gun (1958) and Target: The Corruptors! (1961). Ericson also guest starred twice on Bonanza: he played Vince Dagen in the 1960 episode "Breed of Violence" and he portrayed Wade Hollister in the 1967 episode "Journey to Terror". From 1965 to 1966, he co-starred as the partner of Anne Francis in Honey West. (He and Francis had played brother and sister in Bad Day at Black Rock.) In 1971, he appeared as Jack Bonham on The Men From Shiloh in the episode "The Political".
He played the title role in Pretty Boy Floyd (1960), and his other film appearances included roles in Under Ten Flags (1960), Slave Queen of Babylon (1963), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), Operation Atlantis (1965), The Money Jungle (1968), The Bamboo Saucer (1968), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Crash! (1976), and The Far Side of Jericho (2006).
Personal life and deathEdit
He was married twice and had two children from his first marriage to Milly Coury. He was married to his second wife Karen Huston Ericson for over 45 years. He died of pneumonia on May 3, 2020, aged 93.
|1951||It's a Big Country||Naval Ensign||Uncredited|
|1954||The Student Prince||Count Von Asterburg|
|1954||Green Fire||Donald Knowland|
|1955||Bad Day at Black Rock||Pete Wirth|
|1955||The Return of Jack Slade||Jack Slade, Jr.|
|1956||The Cruel Tower||Tom Kittredge|
|1957||Forty Guns||Brockie Drummond|
|1957||Oregon Passage||Lt. Niles Ord|
|1958||Day of the Badman||Sheriff Barney Wiley|
|1960||Pretty Boy Floyd||Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd|
|1960||Under Ten Flags||Krüger|
|1963||Slave Queen of Babylon||Kir|
|1964||7 Faces of Dr. Lao||Ed Cunningham / Transformed Pan|
|1965||Operation Atlantis||George Steele|
|1967||The Vengeance of Pancho Villa||Don Diego Alvarado / Diego Owens|
|1967||The Money Jungle||Blake Heller|
|1968||The Destructors||Dutch Holland|
|1968||The Bamboo Saucer||Fred Norwood|
|1969||Black Talisman||Will Hunter|
|1971||Bedknobs and Broomsticks||Col. Heller|
|1975||Hustler Squad||Maj. Stonewell / Stony|
|1976||Crash!||Dr. Gregg Martin|
|1978||The House of the Dead||Talmudge|
|1984||Final Mission||Colonel Joshua Cain|
|1989||Primary Target||Phil Karlson|
|2006||The Far Side of Jericho||Charlie|
- "John Ericson and wife Karen--Rare 1989 TV Interview". Archived from the original on December 19, 2021.
- "John Ericson Scored Hit With Audience At Movie Premier". The Kingston Daily Freeman. New York, Kingston. January 18, 1955. p. 11. Retrieved January 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- Barnes, Mike (May 4, 2020). "John Ericson, Actor in 'Honey West,' Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
- Hanson, Andrew (July 6, 2010). "John Ericson profile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
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