Rick Vallin

Rick Vallin (born Eric Efron, September 24, 1919 – August 31, 1977) was an actor who appeared in more than 150 films between 1938 and 1966.

Rick Vallin
Eric Efron

(1919-09-24)September 24, 1919
DiedAugust 31, 1977(1977-08-31) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeEden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California
Years active1938-1966

Early years

Born in Russia, Vallin came to America while still young with his South American mother, Mrs. Nardine Thomes, on the S/S Muskegon, which arrived at the Port of Boston on May 6, 1922.


In 1940, Vallin (billed as Eric Efron) acted on stage with the Hollytown Theater.[1]

Vallin started his Hollywood career with an uncredited part in the film Freshman Year and played minor roles in feature films at various studios.[2] In 1942 he joined the Pasadena Playhouse, and received his first co-star billing in the film The Panther's Claw together with Sidney Blackmer,[3] and showed promise in Secrets of a Co-Ed with Otto Kruger.[4]

Vallin's fortunes improved in 1943 when he was hired as the villain in the East Side Kids comedy Clancy Street Boys. Producer Sam Katzman liked Vallin's darkly handsome looks and convincing delivery of dialogue, and cast him first as a juvenile lead (in Ghosts on the Loose) and then as a full-fledged leading man (in Vallin's only starring film, Smart Guy). When producer Katzman moved from Monogram Pictures to Columbia Pictures, he took Rick Vallin with him. This sealed Vallin's fate as a player in low-budget "B" movies, but it also gave him more than 10 years of job security. Vallin worked steadily in many of Katzman's features and serials, playing a variety of character roles: streetwise reporters, sinister villains, heroic internationals, and savage natives. His voice was also heard as the narrator of coming-attractions trailers.

Occasionally he showed up in such television series as Brave Eagle, Sheriff of Cochise, Bat Masterson, Jefferson Drum, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, The Lone Ranger and Wyatt Earp. He was also cast on The Adventures of Superman, as well in both The Gene Autry Show and The Roy Rogers Show. His last appearance was a guest role on Daniel Boone in 1966.


Vallin died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 57. He is interred at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, California.

Selected filmography


Television shows


  1. Von Blon, Katherine (December 2, 1940). "Family Life Well Shown". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 15. Retrieved August 4, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Freshman Year at IMDb.com
  3. The Panther's Claw at IMDb.com
  4. Secrets of a Co-Ed at IMDb.com
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