Eric Linden
Autographed Photo

Eric Linden played The Amputee soldier who begged that his leg not be amputated in the hospital scene of GWTW.
This is an autographed original studio l3.5" x 5.5" Black & White publicity photo from the movie the Criminals Within, from 1941. Signed in blue ink and in very good condition, photo comes with COA.

Eric Linden was born the youngest of five children on September 15, 1909 in New York City to Phillip Linden and Elvira Lundborg, both of Swedish descent. His father was a professional pianist and an actor on the stage with the Theater Royal when he lived in Stockholm, Sweden. When Eric was six, Phillip Linden deserted his family and Eric sold newspapers on Tenth Avenue to help support the family. While attending DeWitt Clinton High School, he was active in school plays and made his first appearance on the stage at the age of 16 in a school production of If I Were King. After graduating, worked his way through Columbia University as a file clerk at the University, washed dishes in a restaurant, and was an errand boy for a hat shop. After graduation from Columbia, Eric worked at a travel agency in New York's Biltmore Hotel, at Grand Central Station. He then became an usher, first at the Rialto and Roxy, and then the Capitol theaters on Broadway where he was paid $18 a week. While working as an usher, his high school drama teacher convinced Eric to try acting and got him a letter of introduction to the Theater Guild, where he was awarded a two-year contract beginning in 1927. In 1929, Eric left the Guild and got small parts in two Broadway productions, Buckaroo and One Way Street, but both were flops and closed within days. During this time he also played a season with the Berkshire Players. Although his real ambition was to be was to become a playwright and he loved to read, Hollywood came calling.

In the 1931 RKO Radio Pictures crime film "Are These Our Children?" Eric made his movie debut. The same year, he played the title character in "The Adventures of Dick Trevor" on the NBC radio network. Other movie appearances included; Big City Blues (1932), Ah, Wilderness! (1935), The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936), Old Hutch (1936),A Family Affair (1937), the first Andy Hardy movie A Family Affair (with future GWTW actress Ann Rutherford), and The Good Old Soak (1937). In 1933, he played the son of Laura Hope Crews in The Silver Cord, and they were reunited in 1939 when he played the 'Amputee Soldier" in Gone With the Wind in which Laura played Aunt Pitty Pat Hamilton.

In 1942, Eric toured with Gloria Stuart (who went on to play elderly Rose in the 1997 movie Titanic) in the stage play Sailor Beware. Later that year, he was drafted into the Army, where remained during the World War II years until his discharge in 1946. After appearing in over 30 films, roles were becoming harder to aquire, so he returned to stage acting. His stage credits included "The Philadelphia Story," "Mr. and Mrs. North," "My Sister Eileen" and "Brighton Rock."

Deciding to settle down, he left Hollywood and took a steady job with the Orange County highway department inspecting roads. On October 7, 1955, at age 46, he married Joanne in Laguna Beach, California. Eric retired from civil service in 1976 and after having three children, David, Andrea, and Karen, the couple divorced in 1985. By 1989 Eric's health had taken a turn for the worse. Suffering from Parkinson's disease, he suffered a heart attack in 1991. While living with his son in South Laguna Beach, Eric Linden died on July 14, 1994 at age 84 from cardio respiratory arrest. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean at Newport Beach.

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