John Erdman rose to fame as an actor, gracing the silver screen many times over the course of his Hollywood career. Erdman found his beginnings in film with roles in "Lives of Performers" (1972) and the documentary "Die Wiese der Sachen" (1974) with Eckhard Rhode. Later, he acted in the Yvonne Rainer drama "What Maisie Knew" (1975), "Committed" (1983) with Sheila McLaughlin and "Hotel New York" (1984). He also appeared in the David Brisbin drama "The Big Blue" (1987) and the Sheila Dabney comedic drama "She Must Be Seeing Things" (1988). Later in his career, Erdman acted in the drama "Der Zynische Korper" (1992) with Klaus Behnken.