John Richard Erdman (June 1, 1925 – March 16, 2019) was an American character actor and occasional film and television director. He appeared in more than 160 films, and television productions between 1944 and 2017, mostly in supporting roles. He is most known for his recurring role in the critically acclaimed comedy series Community (2009-2015), and the classic films, Stalag 17 (1953), and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). He has guest starred in a wide variety of shows such as Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Man from U. N. C. L. E., I Dream of Jeannie, The Beverly Hillbillies, Here's Lucy, That Girl, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, One Day at a Time, Lou Grant, Quincy, M. E., Cheers, and Murder, She Wrote. He is also known as a voice artist, contributing to the animated shows, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Amazing Spider-Man, Johnny Quest, DuckTales, Snorks, Paddington, and Batman: The Animated Series.
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