John Anderson

Highest Rated: 100% Treasure Island (1934)
Birthday: Oct 20, 1922
Birthplace: Clayton, Illinois, USA
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 MacGiver (1985-92).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Shooting Gallery Producer 2005
No Score Yet John Anderson: Seminole Wind Actor 1992
No Score Yet Daddy, (Danielle Steel's 'Daddy') George Watson 1991
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Judge Landis 1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Wes 1991
No Score Yet In the Big Dream Actor 1990
No Score Yet Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Dutton 1989
No Score Yet High Plains Mulies: Methods for Stalking and Driving Actor 1989
86% Eight Men Out Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis 1988
No Score Yet Deadly Innocents Actor 1988
No Score Yet Scorpion Neal G. Koch 1987
No Score Yet Firehouse Actor 1987
No Score Yet Never Too Young to Die Arliss 1986
84% Starman Actor 1984
No Score Yet The First Time Actor 1982
92% Out of the Blue Actor 1982
No Score Yet Ashes and Embers Ned Charles 1982
56% Zoot Suit Judge F.W. Charles 1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II Governor 1980
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus Caiaphas 1979
No Score Yet The Deerslayer Actor 1978
No Score Yet Donner Pass: The Road to Survival Patrick Breen 1978
No Score Yet Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Force of Evil Actor 1977
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett Moose Matlock 1976
No Score Yet The Specialist Pike Smith 1975
No Score Yet The Dove Mike Turk 1974
No Score Yet Manhunter Actor 1974
No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead Col Lockport 1974
57% Executive Action Halliday 1973
No Score Yet Firehouse Actor 1973
No Score Yet Il Consigliori (Counselor at Crime) (The Counsellor) Vito Albanese 1973
No Score Yet Stepmother Inspector Darnezi 1972
No Score Yet Molly and Lawless John Sheriff Marvin Parker 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Stretch 1971
No Score Yet Five Savage Men Sheriff Allan Pierce 1971
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem Bryce 1970
43% Soldier Blue Col. Iverson 1970
No Score Yet Young Billy Young Frank Boone 1969
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun Asa Beck 1969
No Score Yet A Man Called Gannon Capper 1968
No Score Yet Day of the Evil Gun Addis 1968
No Score Yet 5 Card Stud Marshal Dana 1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse) Ezra/Isaac Maple 1967
No Score Yet Namu, the Killer Whale Joe Clausen 1966
No Score Yet Scalplock Actor 1966
No Score Yet A Covenant with Death Dietrich 1966
No Score Yet Settima tomba, La, (The Seventh Grave) Actor 1965
No Score Yet The Hallelujah Trail Buell 1965
60% The Satan Bug Reagan 1965
80% Geronimo Burns 1962
No Score Yet Walk on the Wild Side Preacher 1962
93% Ride the High Country Elder Hammond 1962
96% Psycho California Charlie 1960
No Score Yet Against All Flags Jonathan Harris 1952
100% Treasure Island Harry Sykes 1934


No Score Yet MacGyver
  • 2016
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Pat Knight
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Andrew Dixon
  • 1991
No Score Yet MacGyver
Harry Jackson
  • 1990
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
Kevin Uxbridge
  • 1989
No Score Yet Dallas
Dr. Styles
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1980
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Gen. Collins
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Claymore Mr. Claymore
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
DeWilde Jim Roberts
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Amos Pike
  • 1978
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Mr. Coulter
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Youngblood Benjamin Dundee
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Jess Fletcher Cheevers McConnell Pa Gibbijohn Dolliver Lemuel Sipe Roberts Adam Kimbro Yermo Amos
  • 1973
  • 1971
  • 1969
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  • 1966
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  • 1963
  • 1959
  • 1958
No Score Yet Bonanza
Weems Sam Masters / Tom Andrews
  • 1969
  • 1963
No Score Yet Rawhide
Army Major Rankin
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Clement Briggs
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Restaurant Owner
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
Captain Farver Deidrich Goldsmith Gabe
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1961