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Robert J. Anderson Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Hollywood, California, USA
Died in Palm Springs, California, USA  (melanoma)
Birth NameRobert James Anderson
Nickname Bob

Mini Bio (1)

Robert J. Anderson was born on March 6, 1933 in Hollywood, California, USA as Robert James Anderson. He was a production manager and actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Passenger 57 (1992) and Demolition Man (1993). He was married to Victoria Wandrey and Dorothy Ann Cochrane. He died on June 6, 2008 in Palm Springs, California.

Spouse (3)

Dorothy Ann Cochrane (20 June 1954 - 1960) (divorced) (4 children)
??? Toll (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Victoria Wandrey (? - 6 June 2008) (his death)

Trivia (6)

Son of Marie Augusta (Fleischer) and Gene Anderson. Nephew of William Beaudine and James Flood (both of whom were married to Robert's mother's sisters).
Children: John, Robert J. Anderson Jr., Joe, Kathleen, Deborah, Heidi.
Enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served as a photographer on several aircraft carriers.
Introduced to films when relatives arranged for him to appear in a movie scene that called for a baby. He was 7 when he appeared in the 1940 Shirley Temple film Young People (1940) and went on to play roles in such films as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).
Brother of Gene Anderson Jr., and great-uncle of actress and model Hayley Marie Norman.
Along with Karolyn Grimes, he holds the distinction of appearing in two holiday classics: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Bishop's Wife (1947). In the former, he plays the young George Bailey - played as an adult by James Stewart - and in the latter, he plays one of the boys who initially teases Debby (played by Grimes), before ultimately accepting her due to some help from Dudley (Cary Grant).

Personal Quotes (1)

He (H.B. Warner) actually bloodied my ear. My ear was beat up, and my face was red and I was in tears......I didn't know what we were building for. H.B. was perfect. He reached the crescendo. At the end, when it was all over, he was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me, and he meant it (On filming the scene in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) where young George Bailey tells pharmacist Mr. Gower that he mistakenly dispensed poison).

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