John Ericson

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John Ericson
John Ericson in The Student Prince trailer.jpg
from The Student Prince (1954)
Born John Meibes
(1926-09-25) 25 September 1926 (age 88)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Years active 1950–2008
Spouse(s) Milly Coury (1953–1971) (divorced) 2 children
Karen Ericson (1974–present)

John Ericson (sometimes Erickson) (born John Meibes on 25 September 1926) is a German-American actor and film and television star.

He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and played the lead role in Stalag 17 by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski on Broadway (1951). He went on to make a number of films for MGM in quick succession in the 1950s.

His first appearance was in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann, which also launched the film careers of Pier Angeli and Rod Steiger. He then went on to appear in a series of films which included Rhapsody, The Student Prince, Green Fire (all in 1954), and opposite Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Ericson also co-starred with Barbara Stanwyck (as her brother) in Samuel Fuller's western Forty Guns.[1]

For the next thirty years his career continued mostly on television. He appeared in the lead role in "The Peter Bartley Story" of CBS's fantasy drama, The Millionaire. Child actor Johnny Washbrook appeared in the same episode in a flashback segment of Ericson as a boy. He appeared with Dorothy Malone in the January 1, 1956, episode entitled "Mutiny" of CBS's Appointment with Adventure. He guest starred in 1958 in the NBC western series The Restless Gun, starring John Payne and in the 1961 ABC crime drama, Target: The Corruptors!

From 1965–66, Ericson co-starred as the partner of Anne Francis in the ABC detective series Honey West, a unique concept about a female private eye. He and Francis had played brother and sister in Bad Day at Black Rock.

He also appeared in such films as Pretty Boy Floyd (1960), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and The Dirty Half Dozen (aka Hustler Squad) (1976).

He has been married twice and has two children from his first marriage to Milly Coury.


  1. ^ Andrew Hanson (July 6, 2010). "John Ericson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 

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