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Leif Erickson Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 October 1911Alameda, California, USA
Date of Death 29 January 1986Pensacola, Florida, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameWilliam Y. Wycliffe Anderson
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Leif Erickson was born on October 27, 1911 in Alameda, California, USA as William Y. Wycliffe Anderson. He was an actor, known for The High Chaparral (1967), On the Waterfront (1954) and The Snake Pit (1948). He was married to Ann Diamond, Margaret Hayes and Frances Farmer. He died on January 29, 1986 in Pensacola, Florida, USA.

Spouse (3)

Ann Diamond (24 December 1945 - 29 January 1986) (his death) (2 children)
Margaret Hayes (12 June 1942 - 1942) (divorced)
Frances Farmer (8 February 1936 - 12 June 1942) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Divorced Frances Farmer and married Margaret Hayes on the same day, 12 June 1942.
During the mid nineteen sixties, when roles became scarce, he became a yacht broker at Marina Del Rey, CA.
Studied at USC in California and first worked as a singer and trombonist with Ted Fio Rito and His orchestra. In films from 1933, often in westerns based on Zane Grey novels. Appeared under the name Glenn Erickson early in his career, but, because of his Nordic appearance, his first name was changed to Leif by 1938. Played a succession of stalwart marshals and sheriffs, as well as Deborah Kerr's insensitive husband in 'Tea and Sympathy' (1956). Best known as cattle rancher Big John Cannon in TV's 'The High Chaparral' (1967-1971).
Served four years in the Navy during World War II as a combat photographer.
Was twice shot down while in aircraft, both times he was wounded.
His first name is pronounced as "Laif" (Swedish and Norwegian name).

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