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Overview (4)

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameRichard Norman Anderson
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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) 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Family (2)

Spouse Katharine Thalberg (30 October 1961 - May 1973)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Carol Lee Ladd (22 January 1955 - 9 April 1956)  (divorced)
Children Ashley Anderson
Brooke Anderson
Deva Anderson

Trade Mark (1)

Removing his glasses with gravitas

Trivia (12)

His second wife was the daughter of Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg.
In The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), his 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 one of the very few actors to play the same regular character on two different series simultaneously. From 1976-78 he played Oscar Goldman on both The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Bionic Woman (1976). Leo G. Carroll, Martin E. Brooks, David Hasselhoff and Fred Thompson are among the other actors to have done this.
In July 2005 he appeared as a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, NC, along with Ty Hardin, Henry Darrow, Donna Douglas, Elena Verdugo, Jo Morrow, Ed Nelson and Lorna Gray.
Studied at the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles, which later became the Actors Studio in New York.
Influenced to become an actor after seeing Gary Cooper on the screen, his initial screen test for MGM was from Cooper's The Cowboy and the Lady (1938).
He has three daughters, Ashley (b. circa 1962), Brooke (b. circa 1964), and Deva (b. circa 1966).
His second wife, Katharine Thalberg, moved to Aspen, CO, after her divorce from Anderson. She opened a well-known bookstore, Explore Booksellers, which is still in business. Thalberg passed away in Aspen in January 2006 from cancer at age 70.
When The Bionic Woman (1976) moved to NBC for the 1977-78 season, Anderson became the first actor to play the same role on two shows running on separate networks.
He was the son of Olga Ida (Lurie) and Harry/Henry Anderson. His parents were born in New York, and all of his grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
Buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
Wore a hairpiece for his role as Oscar Goldman in the Bionic franchise. His real hair, as it had copiously thinned out, can be seen in Perry Mason: The Case of the Paper Bullets (1964). Ix also toupee-less in The Fugitive: Runner in the Dark (1965).

Personal Quotes (1)

When people ask me where I received my education, I tell them it was at MGM-U. The biggest lessons I learned is that acting is a talent. You can't teach it. And even if you have the talent you have to get a part.

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