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from The Student Prince (1954)
September 25, 1926 |
|Spouse(s)||Milly Coury (1953–71; divorced); 2 children
Karen Ericson (1974–present)
Born in Germany with the surname Meibes (sources differ as to his birth forename, with different sources citing John, Josef and Joseph), Ericson 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. He went on to appear in a series of films which included 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.
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 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).
From 1965–66, 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. He starred in Pretty Boy Floyd (1960) and appeared in such films as 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.
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