LAREDO Star Info
ROBERT WOLDERS as Erik
ERIK HUNTER was added to
the Laredo cast in the second season, an addition in keeping with the outlandish
direction some of the plots took. Erik came to Company B from Europe
by way of Company A. (Not as a rookie Ranger as some synopses have it.)
There was a saying in Company A that there were two ways of doing things,
the Ranger’s way and Erik Hunter’s way. ["Legend of Midas Mantee"]
This meant he would fit right in with Chad, Joe and Reese. Erik was
sometimes paired with Reese (Neville Brand) because the contrast between
them provided opportunity for comedy. He was rarely partnered with
Joe (William Smith) perhaps because the writers had not written Joe as
educated enough to play off Erik verbally or as enough of a buffoon to
provide a humorous contrast. More often, if not working alone, Erik
was paired with Chad (Peter Brown) They could exchange witticisms
at the same level and compete for women. As Reese said of Chad & Erik,
“Putting you two in the same place with one girl is like throwing a pork
chop between a lion and a tiger.” ["Dance of the Laughing Death"].
The Captain referred to them as “God’s gift to the working girl.”
["Enemies & Brothers"]. Erik frequently bested Chad in the skirt
chasing department; a number of second season episodes ended with
Erik romancing the female villain. As in most Western series, other
Rangers wore the same clothes in every episode. Erik had a
bottomless saddlebag of outlandish outfits.
There isn’t much on Netherlands-born
WOLDERS credits list, nothing after his 1975 marriage to Merle Oberon.
He had a few unimportant roles in unimportant movies and a few TV series
guest appearances. One of his most notable part after Laredo
was his guest appearance on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode “Not
Just Another Pretty Face” (9-21-74) in which he played a handsome
European ski instructor. Mary feels guilty about dating him because
they have nothing in common--she's only dating him because of his looks.
When she finally confesses this to him, he assures her he's only dating
her for her looks. [Interestingly Peter Brown played a similar part
in a 1972 episode of The Bob Newhart Show. His tennis instructor
character consults Bob about his problem: he is so incredibly good
looking that women are always coming on to him.]
After Merle Oberon died, Wolders became
the companion of Audrey Hepburn until her death. By all reports,
they were a very happy couple. The picture below is from a nice Hepburn
fansite that has several pictures of Robert.