According to THR, actor Richard Anderson died, just a few weeks after his 91st birthday. He was born August 8, 1926 in New Jersey and was a soldier in the United States Army before becoming an actor.
In 1950, Anderson had roles in a handful of films and one TV show called Mama Rosa. The following year, he appeared in ten different movies, though his roles were mostly small and a few were uncredited. He continued on this path for a few years, and then started making guest appearances on TV shows in 1954. In 1956 he played Chief Quinn in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet and the following year appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.
His career continued its trajectory toward TV, and he was seen in a number of shows, including The Untouchables, Zorro, and Bus Stop. From 1964 to 1966 Anderson played the role of Police Lieutenant Steve Drumm on 23 episodes of Perry Mason, a show he had guest starred on twice previously before landing the role of Drumm. He followed that with more TV roles, on shows such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible, and The Green Hornet. His next major role on a TV show was playing the brother-in-law of Richard Kimble on The Fugitive.
The rest of the 60s and beginning of the 70s were busy for Anderson. He continued to make guest appearances on popular series such as Bonanza and Mod Squad and made a return to movies, including a role in Tora, Tora, Tora. He also starred alongside Burt Reynolds on the series Dan August. It was just a few years later that he landed the biggest role of his career.
In 1974 Anderson began playing Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man. Goldman was chief of the Office of Scientific Intelligence and boss to the show’s main character, Steve Austin. Anderson even voiced the show’s famous intro: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.” Anderson played Goldman for the duration of The Six Million Dollar Man and also played the character in spin-off series The Bionic Woman. He was the first actor to play the same character on two different television shows that were on the air at the same time.
Anderson continued to act through the 1980s and 90s, with roles on Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He also appeared in a series of commercials for Shell Oil Company.
Anderson is survived by three daughters. His specific cause of death is unknown.
Rest in Peace Richard Anderson: August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017
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