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John Anderson



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Shooting Gallery
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Daddy, (Danielle Steel's 'Daddy')
  • George Watson
1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight
  • Wes
1991
No Score Yet Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal
  • Dutton
1989
85% Eight Men Out
  • Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1988
No Score Yet Deadly Innocents
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Firehouse
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Never Too Young to Die
  • Arliss
1986
No Score Yet The First Time
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Zoot Suit
  • Judge F.W. Charles
1981
20% 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 The Force of Evil
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Specialist
  • Pike Smith
1975
No Score Yet The Dove
  • Mike Turk
1974
No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead
  • Col Lockport
1974
50% Executive Action
  • Halliday
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 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
No Score Yet 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 Treasure Island
  • Harry Sykes
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Captain Farver

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