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We Loved Him in ‘Community’ and in Seven Decades of Movies and TV — Including a Classic Episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ — Actor Richard Erdman Dies

Mar 18, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Actor Richard Erdman, who appeared in scores of movies and TV series in a career going back to the 1940s, has died. Erdman died Saturday in an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles, according to media reports. He was 93.

He had reportedly been suffering from age-related dementia and had recently had a fall.

Erdman had a run on the NBC comedy “Community” from 2009-2015, appearing as Leonard. The character became the focus of a running joke on the series, with various characters yelling at him, “Shut up, Leonard!” You can see a compilation of those moments in a clip below.

Early in his career he was a contract player at Warner Bros., appearing in small roles in a string of 1940s films including “Mr. Skeffington” and “Janie.” He later became a familiar face on early television, and was one of the stars of the early ABC series “Where’s Raymond?,” which aired from 1953-1955.

His many guest appearances on early TV shows included “Make Room for Daddy,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Ford Television Theatre.” He went on to long runs on the early ’60s TV series “The Tab Hunter Show” and “Saints and Sinners.”

He stepped up to one of his signature roles in 1963, starring as McNulty in “A Kind of Stopwatch,” an episode of “The Twilight Zone” about a stopwatch that stops time. You can see a clip from the show below.

Here’s a compilation of “Shut up, Leonard!” moments featuring Erdman in “Community” …

Here’s a clip from the classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “A Kind of Stopwatch,” in which Erdman stars as McNulty …

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