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Leif Erickson
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    (October 27, 1911-January 29, 1986)
    Born in Alameda, California
    Birth name was William Wycliffe Anderson
    Portrayed Big John Cameron in 'The High Chaparral' (1967-71)
    Appeared in the films 'The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi' (1933), 'Desert Gold' (1936), 'Conquest' (1937), 'One Third of a Nation' (1939), 'The Blonde from Singapore' (1941), 'Arabian Nights' (1942), 'Sorry, Wrong Number' (1948), 'The Snake Pit' (1948), 'Dallas' (1950), 'The Cimarron Kid' (1952), 'Abbot and Costello Meet Captain Kidd' (1952), 'Never Wave at a WAC' (1953), 'On the Waterfront' (1954), 'Tea and Sympathy' (1956), 'Shootout at Big Sag' (1962), 'Straight-Jacket' (1964), 'The Carpetbaggers' (1964), 'Roustabout' (1964) and 'Winterhawk' (1975)
    His studio initially billed him as Glenn Erickson before changing his first name to Leif.
    His last name is spelled 'Erikson' in the credits of some of his films.
    He said he was described as a 'blonde Adonis' so many times, it made his stomach turn.
    He married actress Margaret Hayes the day that his divorce from Frances Farmer became final.
    His marriage to Hayes lasted less than a month.
    He was wounded twice as a combat photographer during World War II.
    He sold yachts at Marina del Rey when his acting career slowed down.
    He received a citation from the West Point Society in recognition of his visits to military hospitals in Vietnam (1969).
    He broke his wrist performing a stunt on 'The High Chaparral.'
    His son William died in a car crash (1971).

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