Aug. 8th, 1926
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Richard Anderson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1993 - Gettysburg
1992 - The Player
1970 - Tora! Tora! Tora!
1966 - Seconds
1964 - Kitten with a Whip
1964 - Seven Days in May
1960 - The Wackiest Ship in the Army
1959 - Compulsion
1958 - The Long, Hot Summer
1957 - Paths of Glory
1956 - Forbidden Planet
1952 - Scaramouche
1951 - Storm Warning
1951 - The People Against O'Hara
1951 - Go For Broke!
1951 - Across the Wide Missouri
1947 - La perla
Guest TV Roles
D.A. Glenn Wagner
Brig. Gen. Phil Doud
Lt. Col. Hiland
Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'Clock High (1949)) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a "screen test"-like TV series called "Lights, Camera, Action!" (1950) and impressed the right people at MGM, who offered him a contract. After leaving MGM he continued to dabble in movies while at the same time becoming a huge presence on TV. He was a regular (Police Lt. Drum) during the last season of TV's "Perry Mason" (1957); in the series' last episode, he interrogates witnesses to a murder in a TV studio--the witnesses being played by the "Perry Mason" crew. In the high-rated last episode of "The Fugitive" (1963) he plays Richard Kimble's (David Janssen (I)) brother-in-law, and is briefly suspected of being the real killer of Kimble's wife. A regular on "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974), Anderson has more recently produced the TV-movie reprises of that series.
- He had three daughters, Ashley (b. circa 1962), Brooke (b. circa 1964), and Deva (b. circa 1966).
- Influenced to become an actor after seeing 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv) on the screen, his initial screen test for MGM was from Cooper's _The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)_ (qv). He later had the privilege of meeting the star.
- His first wife was the daughter of 'Alan Ladd (I)' (qv).
- Studied at the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles, which later became the Actors Studio in New York.
- Is one of the very few actors to play the same regular character on two different series simultaneously. From 1976 to 1978, he played Oscar Goldman on both _"The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974)_ (qv) and _"The Bionic Woman" (1976)_ (qv). 'Leo G. Carroll' (qv), 'Martin E. Brooks' (qv), 'David Hasselhoff' (qv) and 'Fred Dalton Thompson' (qv) are among the other actors to have done this.
- In July 2005, appeared as a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with 'Ty Hardin' (qv), 'Henry Darrow' (qv), 'Donna Douglas (I)' (qv), 'Elena Verdugo' (qv), 'Jo Morrow' (qv), 'Ed Nelson (I)' (qv) and 'Lorna Gray (I)' (qv).
- In _"The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974)_ (qv), Richard's character worked for a government department called the OSI. In real life, he did an orientation video for a real government department called the OSI, which was very different from the fictional one.
- Is a spokesperson for the Kiplinger Newsletter and The Fragile X Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Veteran's Park.
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