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Erland Van Lidth De Jeude is a Actor American born on 3 june 1953 at Hilversum (Pays-bas)

Erland Van Lidth De Jeude

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Nationality USA
Birth 3 june 1953 at Hilversum (Pays-bas)
Death 23 september 1987 (at 34 years) at New York City (USA)

Erland van Lidth de Jeude (June 3, 1953 – September 23, 1987) was a Dutch-born American actor who appeared in several Hollywood films, as well as being a wrestler, singing as an operatic bass-baritone, and studying computer science at MIT.


Van Lidth de Jeude was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and came to the United States with his family in 1958, where they resided in Orange, New Jersey (until 1960), then Stamford, Connecticut (1960–1962), Ridgefield, Connecticut (1962–1970), and Mont Vernon, New Hampshire (1970–1973). In addition to studying computer science at MIT (graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering in 1977), he also distinguished himself on the wrestling team and in stage productions, the most successful of which was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, in which he played Miles Gloriosus. After graduation he worked in Manhattan as a computer professional, while also attending the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as an alternate in the heavyweight wrestling team. His preparation for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow was cut short when the United States boycotted the event. He also won the Bronze Medal in the international competition held in Tehran in 1978.

The 6'6" (198 cm), 340-pound (154 kg) wrestler was spotted in the New York Athletic Club by a casting director, which led to his role as the fearsome "Terror", leader of the Fordham Baldies, in the 1979 Philip Kaufman film The Wanderers. He continued to juggle his careers in film and information technology while also singing frequently with the Amato Opera in New York, studying to become a Heldenbaritone, and teaching computer programming at Manhattan Community College. He is perhaps best known for his role as Grossberger in Stir Crazy with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, which was released in December 1980 and has been regularly shown on TV over the years. Erland was also featured in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man, which was his last film appearance. He played "Dynamo", a sadistic "stalker" who is known for electrocuting his victims. In his films, Erland also got the chance to use his operatic experience. Also, he once turned down a film role because he did not want to shave his head (again), as he did for The Wanderers and Stir Crazy.

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Filmography of Erland Van Lidth De Jeude (4 films)

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The Running Man, 1h41
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about television, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films set in the future, La téléréalité, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Chase films
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Erland Van Lidth De Jeude, Jesse Ventura
Roles Dynamo, an opera-singing stalker who drives a buggy and wears a suit that allows him to arc electricity.
Rating66% 3.3490853.3490853.3490853.3490853.349085
In 2017, after a worldwide economic collapse, American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting game shows where convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where "runners" attempt to evade "stalkers", armed mercenaries, around a large arena, and near-certain death for a chance to be pardoned by the state.
Alone in the Dark, 1h32
Directed by Jack Sholder
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Medical-themed films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, William Dwight Schultz, Erland Van Lidth De Jeude, Frederick Coffin
Roles Ronald 'Fatty' Elster
Rating60% 3.049163.049163.049163.049163.04916
Dr. Dan Potter is the replacement for Dr. Harry Merton, a psychiatrist at Dr. Leo Bain's psychiatric haven. Dr. Bain operates the haven through very lenient methods. The 3rd floor patients (paranoid former POW Frank Hawkes, pyromaniac preacher Byron Sutcliff, obese child molester Ronald Elster, and homicidal maniac John "Bleeder" Skaggs) initially treat Dr. Potter with mixed hostility.
Stir Crazy
Stir Crazy (1980)
, 1h51
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Prison films, Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, JoBeth Williams, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, Barry Corbin, Craig T. Nelson
Roles Grossberger
Rating67% 3.398943.398943.398943.398943.39894
Writer Skip Donahue and actor Harry Monroe are fired from their jobs in New York, and leave for Hollywood. Along the way, they take odd jobs to make ends meet. During one such job in Arizona, Skip and Harry perform a song and dance routine dressed as woodpeckers as part of a promotion for a bank. While the duo is taking a break, two men steal the costumes and rob the bank. Harry and Skip are arrested, whisked through a speedy trial and handed 125-year jail sentences. Their court-appointed lawyer, Len Garber, advises them to wait until he can appeal their case.
The Wanderers, 1h57
Directed by Philip Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance
Themes Gangster films
Actors Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, Tony Ganios, Jim Youngs, Toni Kalem, Erland Van Lidth De Jeude
Roles Terror, the leader of the Fordham Baldies.
Rating73% 3.6988053.6988053.6988053.6988053.698805
Joey and Turkey are members of the Wanderers, an all-Italian street gang. In the Bronx, Joey tries to dissuade Turkey from joining a rival gang, the Fordham Baldies. Before Turkey can ask, Terror's girlfriend Peewee overhears Joey insulting the Baldies, calling them a "bunch of pricks with ears". Joey and Turkey flee and the Baldies chase them. Richie—the leader of the Wanderers—and Buddy come to help but they also flee from the Baldies. After being cornered, the Wanderers are helped by a tough stranger named Perry, who has recently moved to the Bronx from New Jersey. After much persuasion, Perry joins the Wanderers.