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Birth information

20 October 1922 Clayton, Illinois, USA

Death information

7 August 1992 Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

John Robert Anderson

How tall is John Anderson?

1.97 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Patricia Ann Cason

Life Story of John Anderson

A tall, sinewy, austere-looking character actor with silver hair, rugged features and a distinctive voice, John Robert Anderson appeared in hundreds of films and television episodes. Immensely versatile, he was at his best submerging himself in the role of historical figures (he impersonated Abraham Lincoln three times and twice baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, men whom he strongly resembled). He was a familiar presence in westerns and science-fiction serials, usually as upstanding, dignified and generally benign citizens (a rare exception was his Ebonite interrogator in The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Nightmare"). He had a high opinion of Rod Serling and was proud to be featured in four episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959), most memorably as the tuxedo-clad angel Gabriel in "A Passage for Trumpet" (doing for Jack Klugman what Henry Travers did for James Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)).

Known to other youths as 'J.R.', Anderson had a happy childhood, growing up first on a small farm near Clayton, Illinois, and then in the mid-sized town of Quincy where his mother operated a cigar stand. A rangy, outdoorsy type, he excelled at various...

Significant features of John Anderson

Strong resemblance to Abraham Lincoln

What movies did John Anderson play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Jake and the Fatman (1992) Ace Thompson, Quantum Leap (1992) Pat Knight, Bed of Lies (1992) Price Daniel, Sr., Daddy (1991) George Watson, Babe Ruth (1991) Judge Landis, Murder, She Wrote (1991) Andrew Dixon, In Broad Daylight (1991) Wes Westerman, Perfect Strangers (1991) Grandpa Beaumont 'Buzz' Appleton, MacGyver (1990) Harry Jackson, Shannon's Deal (1990) , Follow Your Heart (1990) Josh, Matlock (1990) Sam Chandler, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) Kevin Uxbridge, Deadly Innocents (1989) Gus, Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (1989) George...

Birth information

20 October 1922 Clayton, Illinois, USA

Death information

7 August 1992 Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

John Robert Anderson

How tall is John Anderson?

1.97 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Patricia Ann Cason

Life Story of John Anderson

A tall, sinewy, austere-looking character actor with silver hair, rugged features and a distinctive voice, John Robert Anderson appeared in hundreds of films and television episodes. Immensely versatile, he was at his best submerging himself in the role of historical figures (he impersonated Abraham Lincoln three times and twice baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, men whom he strongly resembled). He was a familiar presence in westerns and science-fiction serials, usually as upstanding, dignified and generally benign citizens (a rare exception was his Ebonite interrogator in The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Nightmare"). He had a high opinion of Rod Serling and was proud to be featured in four episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959), most memorably as the tuxedo-clad angel Gabriel in "A Passage for Trumpet" (doing for Jack Klugman what Henry Travers did for James Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)).

Known to other youths as 'J.R.', Anderson had a happy childhood, growing up first on a small farm near Clayton, Illinois, and then in the mid-sized town of Quincy where his mother operated a cigar stand. A rangy, outdoorsy type, he excelled at various...

Significant features of John Anderson

Strong resemblance to Abraham Lincoln

What movies did John Anderson play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Jake and the Fatman (1992) Ace Thompson, Quantum Leap (1992) Pat Knight, Bed of Lies (1992) Price Daniel, Sr., Daddy (1991) George Watson, Babe Ruth (1991) Judge Landis, Murder, She Wrote (1991) Andrew Dixon, In Broad Daylight (1991) Wes Westerman, Perfect Strangers (1991) Grandpa Beaumont 'Buzz' Appleton, MacGyver (1990) Harry Jackson, Shannon's Deal (1990) , Follow Your Heart (1990) Josh, Matlock (1990) Sam Chandler, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) Kevin Uxbridge, Deadly Innocents (1989) Gus, Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (1989) George...

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John Anderson in Dallas (1978)

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 The 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.

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John Anderson in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Bore a strong resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln and portrayed him three times. He also played presidents Andrew Jackson (twice) and Franklin Roosevelt (once).

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James Coburn, John Anderson, John Craven, Leonard P. Geer, John Marley, etc.

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).

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John Anderson in Der letzte Zug von Gun Hill (1959)

After his death in 1992, he was cremated and his ashes taken out to sea as part of his membership with the Neptune Society.

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Sam Elliott and John Anderson in Molly und der Gesetzlose (1972)

Spent a year at the Cleveland Playhouse before going to New York and Broadway.

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Janet Leigh and John Anderson in Psycho (1960)

Started his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod.

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John Anderson in Das Wiegenlied vom Totschlag (1970)

Received a master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa.

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John Anderson in Lassie (1954)

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).

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Henry Fonda, John Anderson, and Paul Fix in Mordbrenner von Arkansas (1967)

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Burt Lancaster, Donald Pleasence, Jim Hutton, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Lee Remick, etc.

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David Carradine, Glenn Ford, and John Anderson in Pulver und Blei (1969)

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