Friday, June 30, 2017

RIP C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson



‘Chinatown,’ ‘Groundhog Day Producer C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson Dies at 93

Erickson also worked on “Blade Runner,” “Urban Cowboy” and many more

The Wrap
By Jeremy Fuster
June 30, 2017

C.O. “Doc” Erickson, veteran executive producer and production manager for films like “Chinatown” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday at age 93 due to heart complications, according to his reps.
Erickson had over forty years experience in the film industry, serving as production manager for films like “Blade Runner,” “Urban Cowboy,” and five Alfred Hitchcock films including “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.” It was through Hitchcock that Erickson got his start in Hollywood, working at Paramount in the 1950s before leaving to serve as associate producer on John Huston’s “The Misfits” in 1961.

In the 1970s, Erickson worked under Robert Evans’ production team at Brut Productions and served as a unit manager and associate producer for Roman Polanski’s magnum opus, “Chinatown,” eventually rising in the company to become executive producer for John Travolta and James Bridges’ “Urban Cowboy.” His later career included EP roles for “Groundhog Day” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Erickson passed away at his home in Las Vegas. He is survived by his former wife, Gloria Gresham.


ERICKSON, C.O. (Clarence Oscar Erickson)
Born: 12/17/1923, Kankakee, Illinois, U.S.A.

Died: 6/28/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.


C.O. Erickson’s westerns – producer, production manager:
The Misfits – 1961 [production manager]
There Was a Crooked Man – 1970 [executive producer]
Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [associate producer]
Urban Cowboy – 1980 [production manager]
Zorro the Gay Blade – 1981 [producer]

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