Place of Death
Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
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Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Country-Pop, Honky Tonk, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Outlaw Country
Earthy, Plaintive, Reflective, Rollicking, Sentimental, Rousing, Passionate, Relaxed, Amiable/Good-Natured, Romantic, Wistful, Warm, Swaggering, Intimate, Laid-Back/Mellow, Rowdy, Bittersweet, Melancholy, Earnest
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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.
Dour, lantern-jawed character actor John Anderson attended the University of Iowa before inaugurating his performing career on a Mississippi showboat. After serving in the Coast Guard during World War II, Anderson made his Broadway bow, then first appeared on screen in 1952`s The Crimson Pirate. The actor proved indispensable to screenwriters trafficking in such stock characters as The Vengeful Gunslinger, The Inbred Hillbilly Patriarch, The Scripture-Spouting Zealot and The Rigid Authority Figure. Anderson`s many screen assignments included used-car huckster California Charlie in Psycho (1960), the implicitly incestuous Elder Hammond in Ride the High Country (1962), the title character in The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977) and Caiaphas in In Search of Historic Jesus (1980). A dead ringer for 1920s baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Anderson portrayed that uncompromising gentleman twice, in 1988`s Eight Men Out and the 1991 TV biopic Babe Ruth. A veteran of 500 TV appearances (including four guest stints on The Twilight Zone), John Anderson was seen as FDR in the 1978 miniseries Backstairs in the White House, and on a regular basis as Michael Spencer Hudson in the daytime drama Another World, Virgil Earp in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-61) and the leading man`s flinty father in MacGyver (1985-92).
Bore a strong resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln and portrayed him three times.
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University of Iowa
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Actor/Actress, Director, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
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John Anderson (October 20, 1922 – August 7, 1992) was an American actor.
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