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John Anderson ACTOR


John Anderson was born on October 20th, 1922 in Clayton, Illinois.  After high school he went on to college and later earned a master's degree in theater at the university of Iowa.  Anderson began his acting career by finding work on the Mississippi River showboat and later also gained experience at the Cleveland Playhouse.
Anderson then made the move to New York City where he began to audition for Broadway.  He is most well known for his role portraying, Harry Jackson on the television series, "MacGyver" starring with Richard Dean Anderson and Dana Elcar.

He took a brief break from acting to serve in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.  Upon completing his military service, Anderson returned to his pursuit of a full time acting career.
He began working as a television actors in the early 1950's with some of his early credits being on such series as, "Rocky King, Detective", "The Phil Silvers Show", "Panic!" and "The Court of Last Resort".
As his career in the industry progressed he mainly focused on television work but had the occasional film appearance to add to his credits.  Some on his more well known film roles included, "Last Train From Gun Hill" (1959) starring Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Earl Holliman, Carolyn Jones, Brian G. Hutton and Brad Dexter, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960) starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, Mort Mills, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Ted Knight and Janet Leigh, "Walk on the Wild Side" (1962) starring with Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, Joanna Moore and Barbara Stanwyck, "Ride the High Country" (1962) starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Edgar Buchanan, John Davis Chandler, L. Q. Jones, Byron Foulger, R.G. Armstrong, James Drury and Warren Oates, "The Satan Bug" (1965) co-starring George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Frank Sutton, Dana Andrews, Edward Asner, Harry Lauter, Harold Gould, Hari Rhodes, John Larkin, Simon Oakland and Anne Francis, "The Hallelujah Trail" (1965) starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Brian Keith, Donald Pleasence, Pamela Tiffin, Jim Hutton, Robert J. Wilke, Dub Taylor, Whit Bissell and Martin Landau, "A Man Called Gannon" (1968) starring with Anthony Franciosa, Susan Oliver and Michael Sarrazin, "5 Card Stud" (1968) starring alongside Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Yaphet Kotto, Whit Bissell, Ted de Corsia, Denver Pyle, Katherine Justice and Roddy McDowall, "Man and Boy" (1971) starring Bill Cosby, Leif Erickson, Henry Silva, Yaphet Kotto, Dub Taylor, Shelley Morrison, Gloria Foster, Douglas Turner Ward, Jason Clark, Richard Bull, Robert Lawson and Fred Graham, "The Dove" (1974) produced by Gregory and starring Joseph Bottoms, Deborah Raffin and Dabney Coleman, "Zoot Suit" (1981) starring Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Tyne Daly, Charles Aidman and Lupe Ontiveros and his final film role in 1989 in, "Deadly Innocents" with Andrew Stevens, Mary Crosby and Scott Alan.

Other television series he appeared on were, "Zane Grey Theatre", "Sheriff of Cochise", "Lassie", "Gunsmoke", "Twilight Zone", "The Rifleman", "The Virginian", "The Big Valley", "Outlaws", "Laramie", "The Rat Patrol", "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", "Hawaii Five-O", "Man Without a Gun", "Bat Masterson", "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", "Death Valley Days", "87th Precinct", "Sea Hunt", "Law of the Plainsman", "Dallas" and "Emergency!" among many others. 

He also portrayed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the popular TV miniseries "Backstairs at the White House" (1979) also starring Leslie Uggams, Olivia Cole, Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Hari Rhodes, Cloris Leachman, Jan Sterling, Ed Flanders, Celeste Holm, Lee Grant, Harry Morgan, Kim Hunter, Robert Vaughn, Andrew Duggan, Estelle Parsons, Eileen Heckart, Julie Harris, Victor Buono, Claire Bloom, George Kennedy, Larry Gates, Barbara Barrie, Louis Gossett Jr. and Leslie Nielsen.
John Anderson passed away on August 7th, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, California after suffering from a heart attack.  His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.


1992         Jake and the Fatman
1992         Quantum Leap
1992         Bed of Lies
1991         Babe Ruth
1991         Daddy
1985-1991     MacGyver 
1991         Murder, She Wrote
1991         In Broad Daylight
1991         Perfect Strangers 
1990         Shannon's Deal 
1990         Follow Your Heart 
1990         Matlock 
1989         Star Trek: The Next Generation
1989         Deadly Innocents
1989         Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal
1989         Knightwatch
1988         Baby Boom
1988         Hunter
1988         Annie McGuire
1988         Eight Men Out
1983-1988     Dallas 
1987         Our House
1987         Square One TV
1987         Mathnet
1987         American Harvest
1987         Heart of the City
1986         Scorpion
1986         Starman
1986         Never Too Young to Die
1986         Dream West
1964-1986     Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1986         Amerasia
1985         North and South
1984-1985     Matt Houston
1984         Sins of the Past 
1984         Riptide 
1984         Scarecrow and Mrs. King 
1984         Jessie 
1983         M*A*S*H 
1983         The Fall Guy 
1982         Missing Children: A Mother's Story
1982         Voyagers!
1982         Ashes and Embers
1977-1982     Quincy, M.E. 
1982         The First Time
1982         Silver Spoons
1982         The American Adventure
1982         Bret Maverick
1982         Carry Me Back
1981         Hart to Hart 
1981         The Greatest American Hero
1981         Zoot Suit
1981         Checking In 
1981         The Jeffersons 
1981         ABC Weekend Specials 
1981         Sanford 
1980         Smokey and the Bandit II
1980         Tenspeed and Brown Shoe 
1980         Out of the Blue
1980         The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 
1979         In Search of Historic Jesus 
1979         Project U.F.O. 
1979         Backstairs at the White House
1979         The Incredible Hulk 
1978         The Deerslayer
1978         Donner Pass: The Road to Survival 
1977         Lou Grant 
1977         The Last Hurrah 
1977         Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion
1977         The Lincoln Conspiracy
1977         The Force of Evil
1977         Tales of the Unexpected 
1977         Tail Gunner Joe
1976         Once an Eagle
1976         Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II 
1976         The Rockford Files 
1976         The Quest
1976         Bridger 
1976         The Dark Side of Innocence  
1975         Bronk
1975         The Family Holvak
1975         Little House on the Prairie
1975         The Specialist
1975         Death Among Friends 
1975         Dead Man on the Run 
1975         Barnaby Jones
1975         Emergency!
1975         Landfall
1974         The Bob Newhart Show 
1974         Petrocelli
1974         The Dove
1974         Manhunter 
1973-1974     Kung Fu
1974         Smile Jenny, You're Dead 
1973-1974     Hec Ramsey
1974         Heat Wave! 
1973         Executive Action
1973         Egan
1973         Counselor at Crime
1973         Cannon
1973         Brock's Last Case
1973         Call to Danger
1958-1973     Gunsmoke 
1973         Set This Town on Fire
1972         Molly and Lawless John
1966-1972     The F.B.I. 
1972         The Sixth Sense
1972         The Stepmother
1971         Bearcats! 
1971         McMillan & Wife 
1971         Cade's County 
1971         Man and Boy
1971         Hitched 
1971         Hawaii Five-O
1970         Soldier Blue
1970         Cotton Comes to Harlem
1970         The Andersonville Trial 
1970         The Animals
1962-1969     The Virginian
1969         Here Come the Brides
1969         Young Billy Young
1969         The Great Bank Robbery
1969         Heaven with a Gun
1960-1969     Bonanza 
1968         Lancer
1968         Massacre Harbor
1968         5 Card Stud
1968         A Man Called Gannon
1968         Day of the Evil Gun
1966-1968     The Rat Patrol
1967         Mannix
1967         Tarzan 
1967         Dundee and the Culhane
1967         Cimarron Strip 
1967         Iron Horse
1967         Welcome to Hard Times
1967         Occasional Wife 
1967         The Road West
1967         A Covenant with Death
1967         Felony Squad 
1966         The Fortune Cookie
1966         Namu, the Killer Whale
1966         The Legend of Jesse James 
1966         Scalplock 
1959-1966     Lassie
1966         The Wackiest Ship in the Army 
1965         The Big Valley
1965         A Man Called Shenandoah 
1965         The Hallelujah Trail
1962-1965     The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1965         The Satan Bug
1964-1965     Rawhide
1965         Kraft Suspense Theatre
1965         Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 
1964-1965     The Fugitive 
1964         The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 
1963-1964     Ben Casey
1963-1964     The Great Adventure 
1960-1964     Death Valley Days
1964         The Lieutenant 
1963         My Favorite Martian
1963         The Outer Limits 
1963         Redigo 
1960-1963     Twilight Zone 
1963         Kraft Mystery Theater
1960-1963     The Untouchables
1959-1963     Perry Mason
1959-1963     The Rifleman 
1962-1963     Stoney Burke
1960-1963     Laramie
1963         Route 66
1962-1963     Alcoa Premiere 
1963         The Dick Powell Theatre
1962         The Eleventh Hour
1962         Dr. Kildare
1962         Sam Benedict
1962         Ride the High Country
1962         Geronimo
1962         Thriller 
1962         Cain's Hundred 
1962         The Tall Man 
1962         Walk on the Wild Side
1958-1962     Tales of Wells Fargo 
1961         Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1961         Cheyenne
1961         Frontier Circus
1961         King of Diamonds
1961         87th Precinct
1960-1961     The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
1961         Adventures in Paradise 
1960-1961     Lawman 
1961         Bat Masterson 
1960         Harrigan and Son 
1957-1960     Zane Grey Theatre
1960         Dante
1960         Outlaws 
1960         Le olimpiadi dei mariti
1960         Stagecoach West 
1960         The Westerner 
1960         Psycho
1960         The Man from Blackhawk 
1960         Johnny Ringo 
1960         The Rebel
1960         Wanted: Dead or Alive 
1960         The Detectives 
1960         Bronco
1959-1960     Law of the Plainsman 
1960         Overland Trail
1959-1960     Black Saddle 
1958-1959     Have Gun - Will Travel
1959         Last Train from Gun Hill
1959         The Rough Riders 
1959         Man Without a Gun
1957-1959     Trackdown
1959         Yancy Derringer
1959         Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1959         Peter Gunn
1959         Steve Canyon 
1959         Alcoa Theatre
1959         Mike Hammer
1958         The Californians 
1958         Cimarron City 
1958         The Walter Winchell File
1958         Sea Hunt 
1958         Tombstone Territory 
1958         The True Story of Lynn Stuart
1957         Sheriff of Cochise 
1957         The Court of Last Resort 
1957         Panic
1955-1956     The Phil Silvers Show 
1955         Target Zero
1953         The Eddie Cantor Story
1953         Rocky King, Detective 
1952         Bread of Freedom
1950         Fireside Theatre 

Matinee Classics - 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Justice, Yaphet Koto, Denver Pyle, Whit Bissell, Ted de Corsia and John Anderson
Matinee Classics - The Specialist starring Adam West, John Anderson, Ahna Capri, Harvey Jason, Alvy Moore, Marlene Schmidt, Howard Avedis, Charles Knapp, Chuck Boyd, Robert Shayne, Christiane Schmidtmer, Jacqueline Jacobs and Alec Jason
Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin
Matinee Classics - Ride the High Country starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler and Warren Oates

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