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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 October 1922Clayton, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 7 August 1992Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJohn Robert Anderson
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Anderson was born on October 20, 1922 in Clayton, Illinois, USA as John Robert Anderson. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Psycho (1960), Ride the High Country (1962) and Soldier Blue (1970). He was married to Patricia Ann Cason. He died on August 7, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Patricia Ann Cason (? - 18 February 1989) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

The first of his appearances on Gunsmoke (1955), in the episode "Buffalo Man", climaxed with a brutal fistfight between his character, Ben Siple, and James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon. This action scene, from its build-up to its dénouement, would become the common sequence upon which generations of budding editors would cut their teeth in film school. This sequence also features Jack Klugman, who would later co-star with Anderson in the classic "A Passage for Trumpet" episode of Twilight Zone (1959). Shortly before his death, Anderson remarked that it was Klugman who informed him, many years after the filming of their Gunsmoke (1955) episode, that they had become legendary among film editors for their ubiquitous presence in student editing bays.
Bore a strong resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln and portrayed him three times. He also played presidents Andrew Jackson (twice) and Franklin Roosevelt (once).
Anderson had lost his own wife shortly before appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) "The Survivors", and said that the subject matter made the role of Kevin Uxbridge one of the most difficult of his career. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion).
After his death in 1992, he was cremated and his ashes taken out to sea as part of his membership with the Neptune Society.
Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
Spent a year at the Cleveland Playhouse before going to New York and Broadway.
Started his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod.
Received a master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa.
Twice played Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the Commissioner of Baseball from 1920 to 1944 brought in by the team owners to restore public confidence after the 1919 Black Sox scandal in 'Babe Ruth (1991)(TV movie)' and Eight Men Out (1988).
Shares last name with Richard Dean Anderson, and played the grandfather of MacGyver (1985). Despite this, there is no relation.

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