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Richard Erdman, Best Known as Leonard Rodriguez on ‘Community,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Best Known as Leonard Rodriguez on ‘Community,’ Dies at 93
Richard Erdman, known among classic film buffs for the war dramedy “Stalag 17” but remembered by millennials for his work on “Community” as Greendale’s smart-alecky Leonard Rodriguez, died Saturday. He was 93.

Film historian Alan K. Rode broke the news on Twitter Saturday, stating simply, “Goodbye pal. Dick Erdman 1925-2019.” No additional information on his passing were given.

Erdman won over a new generation with his debut in “Community”‘s fifth episode “Advanced Criminal Law.” During one of his custom end-of-episode speeches, Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger declared that everyone at Greendale was nuts, to which Leonard yelled from the school’s swimming pool, “Not me!”

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“Oh, come on, Leonard. If you’re gonna argue with me, put on a bathing suit,” said Jeff, to which Leonard only replied “Busted!”

Over the course of the series,
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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93

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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93
Richard Erdman, a film and TV actor who made a long career as an affable sidekick and character actor, has died. He was 93 and no cause of death was given.

An Oklahoma native, Erdman was the consummate secondary player. His venues ranged from the original Twilight Zone, where he played a man with a timepiece that could freeze the world, to Fred Zinneman’s The Men, where he played an easy-going paralyzed veteran who helps Marlon Brando adjust to life as a paraplegic.

Other notable roles by Erdman included his stint as an alcoholic ex-Marine in Cry Danger, and Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17, where he played a barracks chief.

Erdman moved to Los Angeles in 1941, enrolling in Hollywood High School. He was offered a Warner Bros. contract and appeared in Mr. Skeffington and later as Scooper Nolan in Janie (1944). He made 30 films at Warners, including an appearance in The Time of Your Life
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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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Community's Richard Erdman, Who Played Leonard, Dead at 93

Community's Richard Erdman, Who Played Leonard, Dead at 93
Richard Erdman, best known to TV audiences for his recurring role on Community, died on Saturday at the age of 93.

Erdman played octogenarian Greendale student Leonard, who was first introduced in the fifth episode of Season 1, “Advanced Criminal Law.” He’d go on to appear in 53 episodes throughout all six seasons of the NBC-turned-Yahoo sitcom, which ran from 2009-2015.

It was revealed in the Season 6 premiere that Leonard had attended Greendale since 1975. Erdman’s scenes typically involved the elderly student cracking wise at the expense of Jeff and the study group, before one of them fired back and said,
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Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's "Community," Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's
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. He was 93.

Erdman, who as a teenager so impressed legendary director Michael Curtiz that he was quickly signed to a contract at Warner Bros., died Saturday, film historian Alan K. Rode reported. No other details were immediately available.

The Oklahoma native also is known for starring as the loutish McNulty, who's given a timepiece that can freeze time, in the memorable 1963 The Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch."

Erdman excelled ...
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Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Manages to Reboot ‘Community’ and Heal Dan Harmon’s Rift with Sony at the Same Time

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Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Manages to Reboot ‘Community’ and Heal Dan Harmon’s Rift with Sony at the Same Time
Ken Park, a doctor pursuing a career in comedy, has been offered a great opportunity: A starring role in Dan Harmon’s new comedy about a group of misfits at a community college.

Park is a bit of a goofball, so ultimately Harmon writes the part of Señor Chang, an eccentric Spanish teacher, for the comedian. Sound familiar?

The Season 2 finale of Ken Jeong’s ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken” rips a page out of real life, sort of. “Community” creator Dan Harmon guest stars as, you guessed it, Dan Harmon (playing a particularly surly version of himself). Also appearing:

Alison Brie – who played Annie on the show, opposite Jeong’s Chang – and a few other familiar faces from the show, including recurring actors Erik Charles Nielsen (Garrett), Danielle Kaplowitz (Vicki), Richard Erdman (Leonard), and Luke Youngblood (Magnitude – pop pop!).

“The word ‘surreal’ was pervasive,” Jeong said of having Harmon on set.
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DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
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Community Season 6 Review

This review is based on the first two episodes of season 6, which were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.

“Welcome back to Greendale, now ranked fifth on Colorado’s alphabetical listing of community colleges,” Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) squawks over the intercom as Community kicks off its immensely promising and even more unlikely sixth season (#sixseasonsandamovie!!!!) on Yahoo Screen. That such a throwaway line is the first thing loyal viewers hear upon their re-enrollment at Greendale almost trivializes how hard Community‘s creators and Sony Pictures Television worked to find a new home for it after NBC gave the cult comedy a pink slip last year – and it’s all the more amusing for that. In spite of all the adversity this beautifully bizarre underdog of a series has faced over the years, it’s lost none of its cheek.

Indeed, season six of Community often feels like an old show made young again.
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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'Community' now has its very own superhero movie trailer

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'Community' now has its very own superhero movie trailer
With the boom and the horns of every Hans Zimmer score you've ever heard comes the world-crumbling, prisoner-educating, virtual reality-ing, re-staffing new trailer to "Community." After the comedy show was canceled by NBC after five seasons, "Community" was picked up by Yahoo, which will premiere its new season on March 17. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Keith David and Paget Brewster star. The 13-episode season will also feature recurring and guest stars like Erik Charles Nielsen, Richard Erdman,Jason Mantzoukas, Steve Guttenberg, Lesley Ann Warren and more.
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‘Cry Danger’ steers itself mostly clear of the dangers of director debuts

Cry Danger

Written by William Bowers

Directed by Robert Parish

USA, 1951

The road that ultimately leads creative people in the filmmaking business to the highly coveted director’s chair is rarely the same from one candidate to the next. Some are fortunate enough to direct a feature from the get-go. The number of directorial debuts from stunningly young men and women premiering at festivals is a testament to that journey. Others take the long road, filling in a great many roles on movie sets, learning the ropes of many trades before they finally helm a project. Robert Parish’s journey began at age 11, when he appeared in the 1927 short Olympic Games. After years of acting and editing, his directorial debut finally came in 1951 with the mobster film Cry Danger.

Unexpectedly released from prison after 5 years courtesy of an alibi from someone he has never met, infamous hoodlum Rocky Mulloy (Dick Powell
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McDaniel TCM Schedule Includes Her Biggest Personal Hits

Hattie McDaniel as Mammy in ‘Gone with the Wind’: TCM schedule on August 20, 2013 (photo: Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in ‘Gone with the Wind’) See previous post: “Hattie McDaniel: Oscar Winner Makes History.” 3:00 Am Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943). Director: David Butler. Cast: Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Eddie Cantor, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan, Dinah Shore, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Edward Everett Horton, S.Z. Sakall, Hattie McDaniel, Ruth Donnelly, Don Wilson, Spike Jones, Henry Armetta, Leah Baird, Willie Best, Monte Blue, James Burke, David Butler, Stanley Clements, William Desmond, Ralph Dunn, Frank Faylen, James Flavin, Creighton Hale, Sam Harris, Paul Harvey, Mark Hellinger, Brandon Hurst, Charles Irwin, Noble Johnson, Mike Mazurki, Fred Kelsey, Frank Mayo, Joyce Reynolds, Mary Treen, Doodles Weaver. Bw-127 mins. 5:15 Am Janie (1944). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joyce Reynolds, Robert Hutton,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cry Danger

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Dick Powell in on the hunt for revenge and cash in Cry Danger.

Dick Powell (Murder, My Sweet) and Rhonda Fleming (Out of the Past) star in the 1951 film noir crime drama Cry Danger, which makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut with this Olive Films release.

Powell is Rocky, an innocent man just released from prison who’s on the hunt for both the $100,000 bankroll he allegedly stole and the people who framed him. Then there’s Delong (Richard Erdman, The Men), a disabled Marine veteran who produced the evidence that led to Rocky’s release and who now wants part of the stash in exchange for his help. But Rocky has a different plan,…

Directed by Robert Parrish (The Purple Plain) and featuring the glorious black-and-white cinematographer of Joseph F. Biroc (It’s a Wonderful Life), the film
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'Community's' Leonard: Richard Erdman talks Joel McHale vs. Marlon Brando on set

Richard Erdman, aka Leonard Rodriguez (or Leonard Briggs), was a surprise guest at the Paleyfest 2013 "Community" panel, and drew a raucous response from an appreciative audience for his role in the "History 101" table read.

Before taking the stage at the Saban Theater, Erdman chatted with Zap2it about working with such screen legends as Marlon Brando and ... Joel McHale.

"That's a hard comparison; I like both of them a lot," says Erdman. "Marlon and I worked on his first picture that he did. It was called 'The Men.' And I met him, and he was very, very distant because he was convinced that Hollywood was a crock. And he had come out from New York. He had been in ['A Streetcar Named Desire'] back there. I got to know him, and he eventually moved in and stayed with me for five weeks."

Erdman already had more than 20 screen credits under his belt when
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“Community” Cast Crashes PaleyFest

With the comeback story of the year, the cast of “Community” showed up at the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2013 last night (March 5).

Hamming it up for the cameras, Joel McHale and Danny Pudi looked to be having a marvelous time outside the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Also in the house were lovely ladies Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, and Allison Brie, all of whom were dressed to impress.

Meanwhile, the infamous “Dean” Jim Rash and Richard Erdman also made an appearance at the special event to honor the fan favorite show.
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Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit Team Up for The Stooge

Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit Team Up for The Stooge
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? creator Gary K. Wolf has confirmed via his official website, pretending to be a "source" known as "Walter Windchill," that Walt Disney Studios is moving forward with a 3D animated/live-action remake of the 1952 comedy classic The Stooge that will team-up Mickey Mouse with Roger Rabbit in roles originated by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Take a look at the 'Disney Development Proposal' artwork for this project that is in active development, then read on for more information.

The Stooge, released in 1952, starred Dean Martin as a Broadway performer who finds success with a new vaudville act, although it is mainly because of the "stooge" (Jerry Lewis) he hires, who captures most of the spotlight. Mickey Mouse will play the Dean Martin character, with Roger Rabbit playing Jerry Lewis' stooge role.

The story is said to have the same kind of sensibilities as Pixar hits
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'Community' spoilers: Scoop from the show's writers on Season 4, Chevy Chase and more

When you want to know something about a TV show, ask the writers. They know everything. This was certainly the case on Saturday (Feb. 9) when five "Community" writers spoke a CommuniCon, a fan convention for the program.

Chris McKenna, Megan Ganz, Andy Bobrow, Steve Basilone and Tim Saccardo had plenty to share on what's coming in Season 4, the show's issues with former star Chevy Chase, and even on "Community" ideas so bizarre they never got made.

Here are some of the highlights:

Whatever you may think of "Community" as it goes into Season 4 without creator Dan Harmon at the helm, the writers have been very, very worried about it. "We're breaking the show" was apparently the feeling in the writers room before every script.

Seriously, they're worried about fan reactions. "Before you watch Season 4, watch all of your least-favorite episodes of Season 3," Megan Ganz advised.

Two unproduced episodes of "Community
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'Community': Vote on who'll die in the 'Law & Order' episode

"Community" is back with a brand new episode. In fact, this may be the most anticipated episode since the last time the gang played paintball. "Course Listing Unavailable" is the "Law & Order" episode the cast has been talking about since before the season began.

This is also the episode where someone dies. We've been hearing about it for months now and speculation is high. Will it be Starburns (Dino Stamatopoulos)? Leonard (Richard Erdman)? Annie's Boobs (Crystal the Monkey)?

We've got two previews of the episode for you. Enjoy the "Bong Bong" and vote in our poll about who's going to die. Chevy Chase is in the promo photos, so we doubt it will be him, though fans of the show might be wishing it was after his recent comments about the show. "Community" airs Thursday nights on NBC.  

Who's going to die on 'Community?'
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Community Season 3 Returns: Here’s What We Can Expect

We interrupt your death metal to bring you some heavy news. Season 3 of ‘Community’ returns to its old timeslot this Thursday on NBC after being pulled from the schedule to make way for new 30 Rock. Tina Fey’s much loved sitcom went on to prove that the 8pm timeslot is doomed to receive low ratings when competing with shows to please the masses such as ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Despite the ratings, ‘Community’ is one of the most talked about shows on the internet, often described as the spiritual successor of arguably the best cancelled show of all time ‘Arrested Development’. Since it’s last episode, ‘Regional Holiday Music’ aired, Dan Harmon and the cast have been slowly revealing details of the remaining 12 episodes to tease the devoted fans. March 3rd saw the cast and showrunners reveal a Chang-load of spoilers at TV convention PaleyFest and after
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Exploring The Twilight Zone, Episode #124: "A Kind of a Stopwatch"

A man who loves to talk, played by Richard Erdman (TV's Community) comes into possession of a stopwatch that can freeze time, affecting the entire planet with one click. What will he do with this awesome power? The Twilight Zone, Episode #124: "A Kind of a Stopwatch" (original air date October 18, 1963) The Plot: Motor-mouthed McNulty (Richard Erdman) manages to alienate everyone with whom he comes in contact. He happily spouts off a constant stream of absurd facts and nonsense that's simply not of interest to anyone except himself. In less than one year, he's made hundreds of suggestions to the company where he works -- none of them applicable to the business of the company. As soon as he walks in the door...
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