Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Stalag 17’ and TV’s ‘Community,’ Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's 'Community,' Dies at 93

  • Richard Erdman, the mirthful character actor who stood out on the big screen in The Men, Cry Danger and Stalag 17 and then on the sitcom Community, has died.
  • Erdman excelled at playing soldiers, sailors, wisecracking sidekicks and pals.
  • In a 2010 interview, Erdman was proud to recall that New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, in his review of The Men, wrote that “Mr. Brando is impressive he has a few things to learn from a Hollywood actor named Richard Erdman.”
  • During casting, Erdman told Rode in 2012: “Wilder took one look at me and said, ‘No laughs from you. Not one little laugh, because you are the glue that holds this picture together. Everybody else is funny, but not you.'”.
  • Younger audiences know Erdman as the rowdy Leonard, one of the elderly Hipster students – so nicknamed because they have had their hips replaced – at Greendale Community College on Dan Harmon’s Community, which ran on NBC and Yahoo for six seasons, from 2009-15.
  • Erdman enrolled in Hollywood High School and was offered a contract at Warner Bros.
  • A year later, Erdman portrayed a private opposite Errol Flynn in Raoul Walsh’s Objective, Burma!, one of nearly 30 films he made at Warners through 1947.