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Robert Anderson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Tall T (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
  • Birthday: Jul 22, 1890
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • During his senior year at Harvard, Robert Anderson wrote the music and libretto for the satirical campus revue Hour Town. While serving the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, he received a War Department prize for "best play written by a serviceman," Come Marching Home, which received a brief New York showing at the end of the war. Winning a four-year Rockefeller fellowship in 1946, he studied under John Gassner, then taught playwriting at the American Theatre Wing. In 1953, Anderson scored his first Broadway hit with Tea and Sympathy. Written as a veiled attack against McCarthyism, the play gained latter-day respect as the first major American theatrical piece to treat homosexuality with tolerance and understanding. Two years into the show's run, Anderson set up a playwriting unit at the Actor's Studio. He made his screenwriting bow in 1956 with the film version of Tea and Sympathy (1957), then adapted James Michener's Until They Sail and Kathryn Hulme's The Nun's Story for the screen. His subsequent theatrical work included Silent Night, Lonely Night, I Know You Can't Hear Me When the Water's Running, and I Never Sang for My Father; the latter effort earned Anderson an Oscar nomination and a Writers' Guild Award when he adapted it for the screen in 1970. His last screenwriting project was the 1991 TV movie Absolute Strangers, based upon an actual legal contretemps involving a comatose pregnant woman. Anderson was married to actress Teresa Wright from 1959 through 1978.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Heart Of Humanity Actor 2014
No Score Yet Parasite Dolls Actor 2003
No Score Yet Young Billy Young Gambler 1969
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear Steamer Captain 1964
No Score Yet Buchanan Rides Alone Waldo Peek 1958
No Score Yet High School Hellcats Lt. Manners 1958
89% The Left Handed Gun Hill 1958
78% Pal Joey Policeman 1957
100% The Tall T Jace 1957
No Score Yet The Night Runner Ed Wallace 1957
No Score Yet The Toy Tiger State Trooper 1956
No Score Yet The Outlaw Stallion Martin 1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer Carl Barrett 1954
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Wild Bill Hickok 1953
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle Actor 1953
No Score Yet Take Me to Town Chuck 1953
No Score Yet Bright Victory MP 1951
No Score Yet The Mob Mate 1951
100% Winchester '73 Bassett 1950
No Score Yet Francis Capt. Grant 1950
100% Joan of Arc Soldier at the Inn 1948
No Score Yet Ruthless Horace as a Child 1948
No Score Yet Without Reservations Radio Announcer 1946
93% It's a Wonderful Life Actor 1946
No Score Yet Nocturne Pat 1946
No Score Yet The Cockeyed Miracle Boy 1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel Reporter 1945
No Score Yet West of the Pecos Gambler 1945
80% Since You Went Away Patron at Bar 1944
No Score Yet Action in Arabia William Chalmers 1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade Boy 1943
No Score Yet Higher and Higher Announcer 1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major Minor Role 1943
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event Capt. Rogers 1943
89% The Leopard Man Dwight 1943
No Score Yet Adventures of a Rookie Sgt. Wilson 1943

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

85% The Simpsons
1989
Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Fallon Thorn
  • 1967
  • 1961
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Tolman
  • 1960
68% Doctor Who
1963-1989
Fighting Guard

QUOTES FROM Robert Anderson CHARACTERS

Randy
It was the biggest spaceship I'd ever seen...if I had a rock, I coulda hit it.