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John Anderson (I) (1922–1992)

A tall, sinewy, austere-looking character actor with silver hair, rugged features and a distinctive voice, John Robert Anderson left an impressive legacy of literally hundreds of film and TV credits. Immensely versatile, he was at his best submerging himself in the role of historical figures (he impersonated Abraham Lincoln three times and twice ... See full bio »

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 1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Ace Thompson
 1992 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Pat Knight
 1992 Bed of Lies (TV Movie)
Price Daniel, Sr.
 1991 Daddy (TV Movie)
George Watson
 1991 Babe Ruth (TV Movie)
Judge Landis
 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Andrew Dixon
 1991 In Broad Daylight (TV Movie)
Wes Westerman
 1991 Perfect Strangers (TV Series)
Grandpa Beaumont 'Buzz' Appleton
 1985-1990 MacGyver (TV Series)
Harry Jackson
 1990 Shannon's Deal (TV Series)
 1990 Follow Your Heart (TV Movie)
 1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Sam Chandler
 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Kevin Uxbridge
 1989 Deadly Innocents
 1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (TV Movie)
George Dutton
 1989 Knightwatch (TV Series)
 1988 Baby Boom (TV Series)
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Winston Taggert
 1988 Annie McGuire (TV Series)
 1988 Eight Men Out
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
 1983-1988 Dallas (TV Series)
Dr. Herbert Styles / Richard McIntyre
 1987 Our House (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Roger Trask
 1987 Square One Television (TV Series)
 1987 Mathnet (TV Series)
 1987 American Harvest (TV Movie)
Judge Meriweather
 1987 Heart of the City (TV Series)
 1986 Hardesty House (TV Movie)
Maxwell Eaton II
 1986 Scorpion
Joel / Noel G. Koch
 1986 Starman (TV Series)
 1986 Never Too Young to Die
 1986 Dream West (TV Mini-Series)
Brig. Gen. Brooke
 1964-1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Farmer Wills / Holbrook
 1986 Amerasia
 1985 North and South (TV Series)
William Hazard
 1984-1985 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Capt. Conroy / Judge David Myer
 1984 Jessie (TV Series)
 1984 Sins of the Past (TV Movie)
Rev. Donald Randolph
 1984 Riptide (TV Series)
Walter Truman
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Humbug / Walter David Reilly
 1983 Insight (TV Series)
 1983 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Gen. Addison Collins
 1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Al Barton
 1982 Missing Children: A Mother's Story (TV Movie)
Stanley Willard
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
Abraham Lincoln
 1977-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Chief Frank Ollano / Justin DeWilde / Movie Director
 1982 The First Time (TV Movie)
Paul Cooper
 1982 Silver Spoons (TV Series)
Captain Stark
 1982 The American Adventure
Mark Twain / Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice)
 1982 Bret Maverick (TV Series)
General Frye
 1981 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Jim Blye
 1981 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
General Gerald Stocker
 1981 Zoot Suit
Judge F.W. Charles
 1981 Checking In (TV Series)
Mr. Claymore
 1981 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Mr. Claymore
 1981 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Curtis George
 1981 Sanford (TV Series)
 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
Vernon Laws
 1980 Out of the Blue
T.V. Interviewer
 1980 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Col. Clayborn
 1979 In Search of Historic Jesus (Documentary)
 1979 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Captain Bergstad
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
Thomas Singer
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Mike Calahan
 1978 The Deerslayer (TV Movie)
 1978 Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (TV Movie)
Patrick Breen
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Russell Grainger
 1977 The Last Hurrah (TV Movie)
Amos Force
 1977 Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV Movie)
Alexander Majors
 1977 The Lincoln Conspiracy
Abraham Lincoln
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Floyd Carrington
 1977 The Force of Evil (TV Movie)
Sheriff Floyd Carrington
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
Gen. George C. Marshall (uncredited)
 1976 Once an Eagle (TV Mini-Series)
George Varney
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
 1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Gerald A. O'Malley
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
 1976 Bridger (TV Movie)
President Andrew Jackson
 1976 The Dark Side of Innocence (TV Movie)
Stephen Hancock
 1976 The Quest (TV Movie)
Army officer
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Colonel Hecker
 1975 The Family Holvak (TV Series)
 1975 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Amos Pike
 1975 The Specialist
Pike Smith
 1975 Death Among Friends (TV Movie)
Capt. Lewis
 1975 Dead Man on the Run (TV Movie)
Jason Monroe
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
John Albright
 1975 Emergency! (TV Series)
Captain Bob Roberts
 1974 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Mr. Charlie Colton
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Joshua Forbes
 1974 The Dove
Mike Turk
 1974 Manhunter (TV Movie)
Aaron Denver
 1973-1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Jack Youngblood / Benjamin Dundee
 1973-1974 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Harry Munson / Gabe Rawlins
 1974 Smile Jenny, You're Dead (TV Movie)
Col. John Lockport
 1974 Heatwave! (TV Movie)
 1973 Executive Action
 1973 Egan (TV Movie)
J.R. King
 1973 Counselor at Crime
Don Vito Albanese
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Major Bliss
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
Joe Cuspis
 1973 Call to Danger (TV Movie)
Edward McClure
 1958-1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Les McConnell / Adam Kimbro / Lemuel Cleary / ...
 1973 Set This Town on Fire (TV Movie)
Henry Kealey
 1972 Molly and Lawless John
Sheriff Marvin Parker
 1966-1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Bollin / Adam MacDonald
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
The Sheriff
 1972 The Stepmother
Inspector Darnezi
 1971 Bearcats! (TV Series)
Judge Juan O'Brien
 1971 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Sandy King
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Colonel Street
 1971 Man and Boy
 1971 Hitched (TV Movie)
Jomer Cruett
 1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Brig. General Earl Rigney
 1970 Soldier Blue
Col. Iverson
 1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Capt. Bryce
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
Ambrose Spencer
 1970 The Animals
Sheriff Allan Pierce
 1962-1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Seth James / Sam McLain / Deputy Sheriff Sam Morrell / ...
 1969 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Gentleman Harry Smith / Silas
 1969 Young Billy Young
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Mayor Kincaid
 1969 Heaven with a Gun
Asa Beck
 1960-1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Sam Masters / Tom Andrews / Tulsa Weems / ...
 1968 Lancer (TV Series)
 1968 Massacre Harbor
Maj. Indrus
 1968 5 Card Stud
Marshal Dana
 1968 A Man Called Gannon
 1968 Day of the Evil Gun
Captain Jefferson Addis
 1966-1968 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Major Indrus / Gen. Owen Lansbury
 1967 Mannix (TV Series)
George Blake
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Arn Tinker
 1966-1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Sven Olsen / Burton Standish
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
 1967 Occasional Wife (TV Series)
Col. Thorndyke
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Major Perry
 1967 A Covenant with Death
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
 1967 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Lt. Mike Reineck
 1966 The Fortune Cookie
Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
 1966 Namu, the Killer Whale
Joe Clausen
 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Moss Canby
 1966 Scalplock (TV Movie)
Burton Standish
 1959-1966 Lassie (TV Series)
Boone Sawyer / Russ Anderson / Les Matthews
 1966 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series)
Sergeant Mac
 1965 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Matt Bentell / Matt
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Sheriff Haley
 1965 The Hallelujah Trail
Sgt. Buell
 1962-1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Luke Hunter / Adam
 1964-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Major Cantwell / Captain James Rankin
 1965 The Satan Bug
Agent Reagan
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Dr. Janus
 1964-1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Justin Briggs / Ed Shrader
 1964 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Cafe Owner
 1963-1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Foster Hancock / Krabz
 1963-1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Andrew Jackson / Colonel Knowlton
 1960-1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
George Lynch / Jim Reed
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Joe Hammond
 1963 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
Capt. Farrow
 1963 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Ebonite Interrogator
 1963 Redigo (TV Series)
Lee Cresco
 1960-1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Goldsmith / Deidrich / Capt. 'Skipper' Farver / ...
 1962-1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sherwin Cullen / Vernon Hackett
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Sheriff Jim Seay
 1960-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Victor Kurtz / Miles Spencer / George McPhail
 1959-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Dan O'Malley / Bud Ferrand / George Andrews
 1959-1963 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Samuel Gibbs / John Gangling / Will Temple / ...
 1962-1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Foster Fowler / Bruce Austin
 1960-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Bob Blayne / Leo McCall / Sobey / ...
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
General Scranton
 1962-1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Hannibal Roth / Heber Gresham
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Father Sheehan
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Jim Bradley / James Bradley
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Agent Sterne
 1962 Ride the High Country
Elder Hammond
 1962 Geronimo
Jeremiah Burns
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Jacob Grant
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Kenneth Drake
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Major Jud Randolph
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side
 1958-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Col. Bledsoe / Sheriff / Charley Mason
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Thackeray Smith / Col John Nathan Thomas
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
 1961 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Sam Hall / Lt. Rogers
 1961 87th Precinct (TV Series)
Bill Brewster
 1960-1961 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Virgil Earp
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
 1960-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Hassayampa Edwards / Lloyd Malone
 1961 Peter Loves Mary (TV Series)
Bill Horton
 1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Major Liam Mars
 1960 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
 1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army
Sailor (uncredited)
 1957-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
John Duncan / Fisk Madden / Marshal Cal Lazenby / ...
 1960 Dante (TV Series)
 1960 Outlaws (TV Series)
Simon Shaw
 1960 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Cole Dawson
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Leth Ritchie
 1960 Psycho
California Charlie
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Lem Cartwright
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Ezra Taber
 1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Deputy Sheriff Fix
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Long / Spencer / Will Stalker
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Andy Strudevant
 1959-1960 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Jeb Wicken / Matthew Bannock / Clyde Santee
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Lodestone Marshal
 1959-1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Sam Glidden / Clyde Wicker
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Bill Thomas
 1958-1959 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Walt Dunne / Fred Horn / Martin Wheeler / ...
 1959 Last Train from Gun Hill
Salesman in Horseshoe (uncredited)
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Matt Kane / John Healy
 1959 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
Ab Carver
 1957-1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Billy McCall / Sam Bass
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Wayne Raven
 1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Paul Russell
 1959 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Sergeant Rainey
 1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Sergeant Bulla
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Virgil Merryman
 1959 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Roy Andrews
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Reed Bullard / Slater / The Deacon
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Sheriff Jim Martin
 1958 Target (TV Series)
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
 1958 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Professor Auerbach / P.K. Kennedy / Warren Tate
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Allen Danbury
 1958 The True Story of Lynn Stuart
Doc (uncredited)
 1957 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
 1955-1956 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Film Theatre Orderly / Zeke 'Ozark' Rutledge
 1955 Target Zero
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1955 Gang Busters (TV Series)
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story
Bobby (uncredited)
 1953 Rocky King, Detective (TV Series)
Theater Manager / Bartender
 1952 Bread of Freedom (TV Movie)
 1950 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
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