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Robert Anderson

Highest Rated:   100% The Left Handed Gun (1958)
Lowest Rated:   38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
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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 Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins
  • Producer
2015
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
100% The Left Handed Gun
  • Hill
1958
75% Pal Joey
  • Policeman
1957
100% The Tall T
  • Jace
1957
No Score Yet The Night Runner
  • Ed Wallace
1957
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 Take Me to Town
  • Chuck
1953
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet 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
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Nocturne
  • Pat
1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel
  • Reporter
1945
No Score Yet West of the Pecos
  • Gambler
1945
75% Since You Went Away
  • Patron at Bar
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
88% The Leopard Man
  • Dwight
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Director
  • 2009

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