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Born: August 21, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jamestown, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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A tall, handsome, light-haired player, mostly in TV roles, Mitchell Anderson is perhaps best recalled for his two season stint as a colleague of teen wonder "Doogie Howser, M.D." on that ABC sitcom. His recurring role as Ross, the bespectacled, gay violin teacher of young Claudia (Lacey Chabert), on the cult favorite "Party of Five" has also brought him notice, particularly once the actor publicly disclosed his homosexuality at a dinner in L.A. in March of 1996. ("I'm here to tell you I'm a gay actor playing a gay character.")Born and raised in Jamestown, NY, Anderson studied at Williams College and received voice training at Juilliard before embarking on a stage career. He made his theatrical debut in a 1984 production of "On Shilo Hill" at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. Settling in L.A. in the mid-1980s, he began making guest appearances on TV shows including "Hill Street Blues" and "Cagney and Lacey". He landed a supporting role in the NBC TV-movie "Intimate Encounters" (1986) and also appeared in the two-part Disney telefilm "Student Exchange" (ABC, 1987). In 1989, Anderson landed the leading role of Richard Carpenter in the CBS biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story". He also had a strong lead as...

A tall, handsome, light-haired player, mostly in TV roles, Mitchell Anderson is perhaps best recalled for his two season stint as a colleague of teen wonder "Doogie Howser, M.D." on that ABC sitcom. His recurring role as Ross, the bespectacled, gay violin teacher of young Claudia (Lacey Chabert), on the cult favorite "Party of Five" has also brought him notice, particularly once the actor publicly disclosed his homosexuality at a dinner in L.A. in March of 1996. ("I'm here to tell you I'm a gay actor playing a gay character.")

Born and raised in Jamestown, NY, Anderson studied at Williams College and received voice training at Juilliard before embarking on a stage career. He made his theatrical debut in a 1984 production of "On Shilo Hill" at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. Settling in L.A. in the mid-1980s, he began making guest appearances on TV shows including "Hill Street Blues" and "Cagney and Lacey". He landed a supporting role in the NBC TV-movie "Intimate Encounters" (1986) and also appeared in the two-part Disney telefilm "Student Exchange" (ABC, 1987). In 1989, Anderson landed the leading role of Richard Carpenter in the CBS biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story". He also had a strong lead as the grown-up Huck in "Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" (The Disney Channel, 1990).

Anderson's presence on the big screen has been fairly limited. After making his debut as one of several youths chosen to fly on a space shuttle mission in "SpaceCamp" (1986), he had his first lead in the low-budget "Deadly Dreams" (1988). Other credits include the thriller "All-American Murder" (1992) and the lesbian-themed "The Midwife's Tale" (1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) Arnold ("2000")
2.
 Relax...It's Just Sex (1998) Vincey Sauris
3.
 Midwife's Tale, The (1995) Sir Giles
4.
 Is There Life Out There? (1994) Joshua
5.
 All-American Murder (1992) Wendy
6.
 Karen Carpenter Story, The (1989) Richard Carpenter
7.
 Comeback, The (1989) Bo Malloy
8.
 One Fine Night (1988) Michael
9.
 Deadly Dreams (1988) Alex
10.
 Jaws The Revenge (1987) Sean
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1984:
Made stage debut in "On Shilo Hill" in Washington, DC
:
Moved to L.A.
1986:
Feature film debut in "SpaceCamp"
1986:
Made first TV-movie, "Intimate Encounters" (NBC)
1989:
Starred as Richard Carpenter in CBS TV biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story"
1989:
Played Dr. Jack McGuire, a colleague to the precocious "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC)
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Returned to stage work
1994:
Played recurring role of Ross, a gay violin teacher who adopts a child, on the Fox drama "Party of Five"
1996:
Publicly disclosed his homosexuality on March 10 at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation dinner in L.A.
:
Acted in the L.A. production of "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"
1998:
Co-starred with Hal Linden in the Off-Broadway play "Visiting Mr. Green"
1998:
Featured in "Relax, It's Just Sex"
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Education

Williams College: Williamstown , Massachusetts -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

"One pet peeve that I've had for many, many years is that the very high-profile, big-time gay executives in the business, in print, will often repeat a common truism--or I prefer to think of it as a myth--that gay actors, particularly young gay men, won't be able to get any other kind of roles or romantic leads if they come out. And they're the ones kind of perpetuating this myth. When you hear that over and over and over again, you're not going to want to put yourself on the line." --Anderson in OUT, June 1996

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companion:
Jim Phipps. Director, screenwriter. Together from 1984 until 1996.

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