Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson


Also Known As
Richard Norman Anderson
Birth Place
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
August 08, 1926
August 31, 2017


A staple on episodic television since the early 1960s, actor and producer Richard Anderson hit his stride in the mid-1970s as the authoritative if sartorially challenged Oscar Goldman, boss to both "The Six Million Dollar Man" (ABC, 1974-78) and "The Bionic Woman" (ABC, 1976-77; NBC, 1977-78). The role was among the high points in a long career that encompassed such varied films as the s...

Family & Companions

Katherine Thalberg
Married on October 30, 1961; divorced in August 1973; daughter of Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer.
Carol Lee Stuart
Divorced; daughter of bandleader Nick Stuart and actress/agent Sue Carol (nee Lederer); step-daughter of actor Alan Ladd.


A staple on episodic television since the early 1960s, actor and producer Richard Anderson hit his stride in the mid-1970s as the authoritative if sartorially challenged Oscar Goldman, boss to both "The Six Million Dollar Man" (ABC, 1974-78) and "The Bionic Woman" (ABC, 1976-77; NBC, 1977-78). The role was among the high points in a long career that encompassed such varied films as the sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" (1956), Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1957) and the Paul Newman classic "The Long Hot Summer" (1958), as well as countless television shows and movies. His bionic-related projects, however, retained a fan base for decades after their departure from the airwaves, ensuring him an enduring popularity among television viewers - particularly for the 1970s-born generation - for years to come.

Born in Long Branch, NJ on Aug. 8, 1926, Richard Norman Anderson relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 10 with his parents, Harry and Olga Anderson, and his brother, Robert. Legendary screen actor Gary Cooper had inspired him at an early age, and influenced his decision to become an actor. School productions provided his first performance outlet, but World War II interrupted. Like millions of young men at that time, Anderson served a stint in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to Los Angeles to study at the Actors' Laboratory, which preceded a season of summer stock in nearby Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara.

By the late 1940s, Anderson was making appearances in features. The 1947 adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Pearl" was among his first screen roles, as was an uncredited turn as a wounded airman in "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). After displaying his talents on a screen test-style TV series called "Lights! Camera! Action!" (NBC, 1950), he was offered a screen test and a contract at MGM. He chose a scene from the Gary Cooper picture "The Cowboy and the Lady" (1938) for his audition, and from all accounts, nailed it. By 1951, he was appearing in no less than 10 films a year; largely in minor or supporting roles. Among his most notable turns during this period was as the ill-fated friend of Stewart Granger's "Scaramouche" (1952), whose death sets in motion a plan of revenge against Mel Ferrer's cruel Marquis. Anderson also met an untimely end at the hands - or claws - of the "Id" monster in the science fiction classic, "Forbidden Planet" (1956), but survived the hype surrounding "The Search for Bridey Murphy" (1956), a low-budget attempt to cash in on a popular book about reincarnation.

In 1957, Anderson asked to be released from his contract. It proved to be the right move for the up-and-comer, as he began landing parts in major features like Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1957), for which he played the French prosecuting officer; Martin Ritt's "The Long, Hot Summer" (1958), in which he was cast as Joanne Woodward's weak-willed boyfriend, and "Compulsion" (1959), starring as the brother of accused murderer Dean Stockwell. There were also a few B-pictures like "Curse of the Faceless Man" (1958), which afforded him a rare lead in its tale of a Pompeii victim that returns to life. Anderson's television output also increased during this period. He had a recurring role on the Disney series "Zorro" (ABC, 1957-59), appearing as a suitor to the masked hero's love interest, and in 1961, landed his first regular role on a series as a small town lawyer on "Bus Stop" (ABC, 1961-62). That show's producer, Roy Huggins, would remember Anderson two years later for his drama "The Fugitive" (ABC, 1963-67), and cast him in several roles throughout its tenure on TV, including that of Richard Kimball's (David Janssen) brother-in-law, Leonard Taft, in the two-part series finale. Anderson also played homicide investigator Lt. Steve Drumm, who took over for Ray Collins' Lt. Arthur Tragg on the courtroom staple, "Perry Mason" (CBS, 1957-1966).

Whether he wanted it to or not, television eventually came to dominate Anderson's resume, though there were still plenty of features in the 1960s, including John Frankenheimer's alarming "Seconds" (1966), where he played one of the plastic surgeons who turn an aged Rock Hudson into an Adonis, and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970), in which his Captain John Earle makes the fatal mistake of ignoring early signs of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Anderson's natural gravitas made him a sought-after spokesman for various companies and organizations for several decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, Anderson was the "Shell Answer Man," the corporate spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in a series of television commercials. Later, he was the face of the Kiplinger Newsletter and spokesperson for the National Fragile X Foundation, which benefitted gene research to combat mental impairment in children.

Anderson was exceptionally busy in the years leading up to his most memorable role - there were numerous TV movies, including a turn as a centuries-old physician with a homicidal bent in "The Night Strangler" (ABC, 1973) - the sequel to the phenomenally popular "Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) - and a recurring role as a police chief in the Burt Reynolds detective series, "Dan August" (ABC, 1970-71). In 1972, Martin Caidin's science fiction-espionage novel, Cyborg, was adapted into a TV movie for ABC called "The Six Million Dollar Man." The role of Oscar Goldman, adviser to astronaut-turned-bionic-super agent Steve Austin (Lee Majors) was originally played by Darren McGavin, but following the success of the TV movie, Anderson was brought into play the role in two subsequent ABC TV features - 1973's "Wine, Women and War" and "Solid Gold Kidnapping" - and eventually, the "Six Million Dollar Man" TV series. Anderson's Goldman was both boss and friend to Austin, who on more than one occasion risked life and bionic limb to rescue his OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) chief. And it was Anderson's voice that intoned the famous phrase recycled by pop culture enthusiasts for decades after: "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology."

In 1975, a "Six Million Dollar Man" spin-off was built around the character of Jaime Sommers, Steve Austin's girlfriend, who is given bionic abilities after suffering a terrible parachuting accident. Sommers later becomes an OSI agent like her boyfriend, and Anderson's Oscar Goldman became her advisor as well on the equally popular series, "The Bionic Woman." The double duty made him one of the few actors in television history to play the same role on two different television series for two separate networks. Both series were sizable hits during their relatively brief network runs, leaving the actor part of a much-loved childhood memory for a generation of children who grew up in the early 1970s amassing "Six Million Dollar Man" lunchboxes, toys, T-shirts and bedspreads - all of them embossed not only with Majors' likeness, but Anderson's as well. He would go on to reprise the role in three TV movie reunions - "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC, 1987), "Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC, 1989) - which featured Sandra Bullock in one of her earliest screen appearances - and the supremely campy "Bionic Ever After?" (CBS, 1994), which saw Goldman giving Jaime away at her wedding to Steve Austin. Anderson also served as co-producer on the last two projects.

Following the end of the bionic series' television runs, Anderson returned to regular appearances in TV movies and on episodic programs. Among the highlights were the highly regarded suspense thriller, "Murder by Natural Causes" (CBS, 1979), and a turn as President Lyndon B. Johnson in "Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War" (1987). He also returned to series work on several occasions, including the very Oscar Goldman-like Henry Towler, who oversees photographer Jennifer O'Neill and the late model-turned-actor Jon-Erik Hexum's international capers on "Cover Up" (CBS, 1984-86), and a recurring stint as conservative senator Buck Fallmont on "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89). In the 1990s, Anderson's distinctive voice could be heard in a wide variety of projects, including the narration for "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" (TNT, 1993-97).



Cast (Feature Film)

Breakout (1998)
American Businessman
In the Lake of the Woods (1996)
Bionic Ever After? (1994)
The Glass Shield (1994)
Gettysburg (1993)
The Player (1992)
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)
Stranger on My Land (1988)
The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987)
The Stepford Children (1987)
Perry Mason Returns (1985)
Murder by Natural Causes (1979)
Sharks! (1978)
Black Eye (1974)
Jarrett (1973)
Spencer Loomis
The Night Strangler (1973)
Partners in Crime (1973)
Play It As It Lays (1972)
Les Goodwin
The Astronaut (1972)
Dr Wylie
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)
Dr Ben Cole
The Longest Night (1972)
Harvey Eaton
Doctors' Wives (1971)
D. A. Douglas
Dead Men Tell No Tales (1971)
Tom Austin
The Honkers (1971)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Capt. John Earle
Macho Callahan (1970)
Senior officer
The Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967)
Seconds (1966)
Dr. Innes
Kitten With a Whip (1964)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Colonel Murdock
Johnny Cool (1963)
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Colonel Josten
The Wackiest Ship in the Army? (1960)
Lt. Foster
Compulsion (1959)
Max Steiner
The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)
Dave Rudabaugh
Paths of Glory (1958)
Maj. Saint-Auban
Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)
Dr. Paul Mallon
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Alan Stewart
The Buster Keaton Story (1957)
Tom McAfee
Three Brave Men (1957)
Lt. Horton
The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)
Dr. Deering
A Cry in the Night (1956)
Owen Clark
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Chief Quinn
It's a Dog's Life (1955)
George Oakley
Hit the Deck (1955)
Lt. Jackson
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Burton Bradshaw
Betrayed (1954)
The Student Prince (1954)
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Lt. Beecher
I Love Melvin (1953)
Harry Flack
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Dream Wife (1953)
Henry Malvine
Scaramouche (1952)
Philippe de Valmorin
Fearless Fagan (1952)
Capt. Daniels of Company J
Just This Once (1952)
Tom Winters
Holiday for Sinners (1952)
Father Victor [Carducci]
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
Bob Lennart
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Jeff Chapman
Payment on Demand (1951)
Go for Broke! (1951)
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
No Questions Asked (1951)
Detective Walter O'Bannion
The Unknown Man (1951)
Bob Mason
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Dick Richardson
Cause for Alarm! (1951)
Lonesome Sailor
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
The Vanishing Westerner (1950)
Deputy Jeff Jackson
A Life of Her Own (1950)
Hosiery man
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Lt. McKessen

Producer (Feature Film)

Bionic Ever After? (1994)
Co-Executive Producer
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)

Cast (Special)

Jennifer O'Neill: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Lindsay Wagner (1999)
The 1989 Miss USA Pageant (1989)
The Lonely Wizard (1957)

Cast (Short)

The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres (1953)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Postal Worker (1999)
Jackie Collins' Lucky Chances (1990)
Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987)
Kane & Abel (1985)
Condominium (1980)
The French Atlantic Affair (1979)
Pearl (1978)
The Immigrants (1978)

Life Events


Served in US Army during WWII


Made stage debut carrying a spear in "Volpone" at a Hollywood theatre


Feature acting debut, "Twelve O'Clock High"


First regular series berth on "Mama Rosa"


Made TV-movie debut in "Along Came a Spider" (ABC)


Founded and served as president of Richard Anderson Film Co.


Acted in TV-movie, "Jackie Collins' 'Lucky/Chances'"

Photo Collections

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.


Movie Clip

Paths Of Glory (1958) -- (Movie Clip) What Did He Have To Say About Patriotism? Gen. Mireau (George MacReady), who was reluctant until tempted with a promotion, visits Col. Dax (Kirk Douglas) in his bunker promoting the assault on the German position known as the “Ant Hill,” Richard Anderson the cynical aide, in Stanley Kubrick’s WWI drama Paths Of Glory, 1958.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) What's There To Worry About? The voice is Brian Donlevy, who soon appears as a gritty cop, and Natalie Wood, fresh from Rebel Without A Cause, as "Liz," Richard Anderson her beau and Raymond Burr, then known for Rear Window, in the bushes, in the crime thriller A Cry In The Dark, 1956.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) She's Been Trained To Know Better! Cop Bates (Brian Donlevy) visits colleague Taggart (Edmond O’Brien) to inform him of his daughter’s abduction, Mom (Irene Hervey) alarmed, the boyfriend (Richard Anderson), unknown to the parents, concussed, and the police doc (Peter Hanson) seeking calm, in A Cry In The Night, 1956.
Paths Of Glory (1958) -- (Movie Clip) A Pleasant Atmosphere Narration by Peter Capell, director Stanley Kubrick working on location at the historic Schleissheim Palace in Bavaria, as ranking French Gen. Broulard (Adolphe Menjou, a Pittsburgh, Pa. native and WWI veteran) visits Gen. Mireau (George MacReady), opening Paths Of Glory, 1958.
Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) -- (Movie Clip) You Shouldn't Try To Frighten A Lady Union captain Roper (William Holden), with trooper Chavez (Alex Montoya), is chasing Mescalero raiders, who attack a stagecoach carrying Texan Carla (Eleanor Parker, her first scene), who turns out to be a friend of their superior, Richard Anderson as wounded Beecher, in Escape From Fort Bravo, 1953.
Paths Of Glory (1958) -- (Movie Clip) To France! Gen. Mireau (George MacReady) with his officers before director Stanley Kubrick begins sequences featuring memorable tracking shots, first Col. Dax (Kirk Douglas) in the trenches, then taking his soldiers over the top for the assault, in the First World War drama Paths Of Glory, 1958.
Forbidden Planet (1956) -- (Movie Clip) The Conquest And Colonization The animation, score and narration suggesting a landmark in Hollywood science fiction narrative and production values, the opening of Forbidden Planet, 1956, from MGM, with support from Disney animators, starring Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Robby the Robot.
Long, Hot Summer, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) I Apologize For What We Are Dining with William Faulkner’s Mississippi patriarch Varner (Orson Welles) are Alan (Richard Anderson), suitor to daughter Clara (Joanne Woodward), son Jody (Anthony Franciosa), his wife Eula (Lee Remick), and hired-hand Ben (Paul Newman), brought in to stir things up, in The Long, Hot Summer, 1958.
Forbidden Planet (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Welcome To Altair Four Space Cruiser C57D lands on Altair Four, Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen), Doc (Warren Stevens) and Farman (Jack Kelly) among crew observing when Robby The Robot (voice by Marvin Miller) zips by offering a ride to meet survivors of the last human visit, in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Holiday For Sinners (1952) -- (Movie Clip) A Woman Was Dead Gig Young as doctor Jason Kent narrating, visited by childhood friend, priest Victor (Richard Anderson) at a grim moment during Mardi Gras, opening MGM's Holiday For Sinners, 1952, directed by Gerald Mayer, nephew of the studio boss.
Scaramouche (1952) -- (Movie Clip) His Lack Of Breeding Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer) an agent for the queen, up to his usual tricks, goading Revolution-sympathetic young nobleman Philippe (Richard Anderson) into a duel, his virtual brother Andre (Stewart Granger) failing to intercede, in MGM's Scaramouche, 1952.
Kitten With A Whip -- (Movie Clip) Change The Subject Politician Strattton (John Forsythe) meets supporter Grant (Richard Anderson) at a restaurant, learning from the TV that the vagrant he's been helping (Ann-Margret) is a fugitive, in Kitten With A Whip, 1964.


No Questions Asked - (Original Trailer) A young lawyer's primrose path to success gets him framed for murder in No Questions Asked (1951).
Seven Days in May - (Original Trailer) The U.S. President is threatened by a military coup in Seven Days in May (1964) written by Rod Serling and starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.
Go For Broke - (Original Trailer) Many of the actual veterans appear in Go For Broke (1951), the story of the all Japanese-American Regimental Combat Team in World War II.
Forbidden Planet - (Original Trailer) A group of space troopers investigates the destruction of an earth colony on a remote planet in Forbidden Planet (1956), the sci-fi thriller that introduced Robby the Robot.
Compulsion - (Original Trailer) Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in Compulsion (1959) based on the true story of the Leopold-Loeb case.
Gunfight at Dodge City, The - (Original Trailer) Joel McCrea plays Bat Masterson as a tougher kind of maverick in The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959).
Escape From Fort Bravo -- (Original Trailer) William Holden has to keep Confederate prisoners in while keeping Apaches out in the color western Escape From Fort Bravo (1953).
Dream Wife - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant sparks an international incident when he proposes marriage to the daughter of a king in Dream Wife (1953).
Student Prince, The (1954) - (Original Trailer) A prince falls in love with a barmaid during his last fling before assuming the crown in the operetta The Student Prince (1954).
Rich, Young and Pretty - (Original Trailer) A rancher's daughter visits Paris to meet her mother and find love in Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) starring Jane Powell.
Betrayed - (Original Trailer) During World War II, a U.S. officer falls for a Resistance fighter suspected of being an enemy spy in Betrayed (1954) starring Clark Gable and a brunette Lana Turner.
Story Of Three Loves, The - (Original Trailer) A all-star cast on an ocean liner finding and remembering love in The Story Of Three Loves (1953).


Henry Anderson
Olga Anderson
Ashley Anderson
Brooke Dominique Anderson
Deva Justine Anderson


Katherine Thalberg
Married on October 30, 1961; divorced in August 1973; daughter of Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer.
Carol Lee Stuart
Divorced; daughter of bandleader Nick Stuart and actress/agent Sue Carol (nee Lederer); step-daughter of actor Alan Ladd.