- July 31, 1803
- Swedish Army, & Honorary Doctorate at Lund Univ, Sweden
John Ericson, born John Meibes in Düsseldorf, Germany, is a German-American actor and film and television star. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, played the lead role in Stalag 17 by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski on Broadway. He went on to make a number of films for MGM in quick succession in the 1950s. His first appearance was in Teresa, 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, and Bad Day at Black Rock. His career continued, mostly on television, for the next thirty years. 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. Ericson guest starred in the 1961 ABC crime drama, In 1965-1966, he co-starred with Anne Francis in the detective series Honey West. He occasionally appeared in such films as Pretty Boy Floyd, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao and Bedknobs and Broomsticks .