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Besides being on the Six Million Man and the Bionic Woman, Richard Anderson was a very prolific character actor.  He appeared in hundreds of roles from the 1950's and onwards.  I see him on many TV shows and film from that era.




From CBC:


Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91.

Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor told The Associated Press.

The Six Million Dollar Man brought a new wave of supernatural heroes to television. Based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, it starred Lee Majors as U.S. astronaut Steve Austin, who is severely injured in a crash. The government saves his life by rebuilding his body with atom-powered artificial limbs and other parts, giving him superhuman strength, speed and other powers.


Anderson played Oscar Goldman, Majors' boss at the secret government spy agency the astronaut went to work for after becoming a cyborg.


"Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him," Majors said in a statement Thursday, adding the two first met when they filmed several episodes of another hit television show, the 1960s western The Big Valley.

"I called him 'Old Money.' His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years," Majors said, adding Anderson was "still the sweet charming man" when they spoke just a few weeks ago


The Six Million Dollar Man began as a TV movie in 1973 and when it proved a hit it was turned into a weekly series the following year. Its popularity led to the 1976 spinoff show, The Bionic Woman, starring Lindsay Wagner.

Anderson took on the Oscar Goldman role in that show, too, sometimes appearing from week to week in both series.


"I can't begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson," Wagner said in a statement.


Anderson, who stood 6-feet-4, began his career in 1949 with a small role as a wounded soldier in 12 O'Clock High. Soon after, his comedy scenes in a TV series called Lights, Camera, Action! drew the attention of MGM, which offered him a screen test and a contract.

He had decided to try acting after watching Gary Cooper movies, and at the screen test he performed a scene from Cooper's The Cowboy and the Lady.

At MGM he played secondary roles in such movies as The Magnificent YankeeAcross the Wide MissouriScaramoucheThe Story of Three LovesThe Student PrinceHit the Deck and Forbidden Planet.


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


When MGM began thinning out its contract list in the late 1950s, Anderson was let go.

He went on to make movies for other studios, appearing in such films as Stanley Kubrick's Paths of GloryThe Long Hot Summer, CompulsionThe Wackiest Ship in the NavyThe Gathering of EaglesJohnny CoolSeven Days in May and Kitten With a Whip.

Anderson was also a frequent guest on TV series and had regular roles on Bus StopPerry MasonDan August and The Fugitive.

Other television credits included Slattery's PeopleDr. KildareThe VirginianThe RiflemanBonanzaMannix and The Mod Squad.

He also acted as producer when The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were revived in later years as TV movies.

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36 minutes ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

We have the technology.



To continue with my earlier post about Anderson staring in one of the Kolchak The Night Stalker movies (said to be one of the inspirations of Chris Carter in creating another TV series - The X-Files).....the original Oscar Goldman was played by none other than Darren McGavin (sp?) in the Six Million Dollar Man movie pilot.


Yeah, I know too much useless trivia (ala Cliff Clavin LOL.....)

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11 hours ago, Rick Blight said:

Pretty sure most of the posters on CDC have never seen his shows and only know Loui Eriksson as " The Six Million Dollar Man".

RIP Mr. Anderson......

I saw the episode he was in as "The Night Strangler", as well as in The Rifleman as a gambler. He was a versatile actor. Had a long hopefully rewarding life. 

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