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Date of Birth 15 September 1922Gosport, Hampshire, England, UK
Date of Death 1 January 2012West Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameRobert James Gilbert Anderson
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Anderson was born on September 15, 1922 in Gosport, Hampshire, England as Robert James Gilbert Anderson. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983). He was married to Pearl Anderson. He died on January 1, 2012 in West Sussex, England.

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Pearl Anderson (? - 1 January 2012) (his death) (3 children)

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Arguably the most well-known and sought-after fight choreographer

Trivia (7)

Was an Olympic fencer for Great Britain. Was called up to help out on Errol Flynn's The Master of Ballantrae (1953) after the competition. This was his entry into the movie business.
Is arguably the most legendary of sword-fight trainers/choreographers, having trained everyone from Errol Flynn to the cast of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Doubled for David Prowse during Darth Vader's light saber duels in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983), despite having been six inches shorter than Prowse and required to wear lifts.
In WWII, Bob was on board the HMS Coventry when it sunk in the Mediteranean.
Grandfather of Tom Froud.
In The Master of Ballantrae (1953) he doubled for both actors in a sword fight and therefore "killed" himself.
While rehearsing a duel on location in Sicily, he accidentally cut Errol Flynn's thigh. Flynn immediately admitted it was his mistake but, for a time, Anderson was known as "the man who stabbed Errol Flynn".

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