John Ericson

John Ericson (sometimes spelled Erickson; born Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes; September 25, 1926 – May 3, 2020) was a German-American film and television actor.

John Ericson
John Ericson in The Student Prince trailer.jpg
Ericson in The Student Prince (1954)
Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes

(1926-09-25)September 25, 1926
DiedMay 3, 2020(2020-05-03) (aged 93)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Resting placeSanta Fe National Cemetery
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1950–2008
Milly Coury
(m. 1953; div. 1971)

Karen Huston
(m. 1974)

Early lifeEdit

Ericson was born Joachim Alexander Ottokar Meibes in Düsseldorf, Germany.[1] His parents, Ellen Wilson, an actress and operatic star, and Carl F. Meibes, who later became president of a New York food extract corporation,[2] left Germany, reportedly to escape the rising Nazi regime, and came to the United States.[2] 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.[2] He appeared on Broadway in the original 1951 production of Stalag 17, directed by José Ferrer.[3]

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).[4] 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.)[citation needed] 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).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] He died of pneumonia on May 3, 2020, aged 93.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1951 Teresa Philip Cass
1951 It's a Big Country Naval Ensign Uncredited
1954 Rhapsody James Guest
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 Kumander Agimat
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


  1. ^ "When Hollywood was "Golden"". Facebook.
  2. ^ a b c "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
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Mike. "John Ericson, Actor in 'Honey West,' Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ Hanson, Andrew (July 6, 2010). "John Ericson profile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013.

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