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John Anderson - The Rifleman

John Anderson appeared in eleven episodes of The Rifleman 'Shotgun Man' as John Beaumont, he was the man that wanted revenge on Lucas for sending him to jail 'Shivaree' as Chet Packard, he was the one who Derek shot in the leg ― 'The Hawk' as Ely Flack, he was the man who was looking for Walt Hake/Reed Young 'The Journey Back' as Will Temple, he was the man who had the scare on his face 'Day of the Hunter' as Cass Callicott, the famous frontiersman, trapper, scout, buffalo hunter, one of the old original mountain men ― 'Mail Order Groom' as Jess Profit, he was who slapped Isabel across the face ― 'The Retired Gun' as Owny, he was the one who threw the coin on the ground'Face of Yesterday' as Hank Clay, the mean step-father 'Incident at Line Shack Six' as Gangling, he was the one who killed Charley Breen 'The Patsy' as Sully Hobbs ― 'Old Man Running' aka 'The Wanted Man' as Samuel Gibbs, Mark's Grandpa, Lucas' father-in-law.

We saw him so much on The Rifleman that you would have thought of him as part of the family.  Come to think of it, he was part of the family. Do you remember which episode that was?

John Anderson - The Rifleman

Did you know that..... Chuck was older then  John Anderson? 

Even though Chuck was older then John, John played Chuck's father-in-law in 'Old Man Running' aka 'The Wanted Man' (episode #166).  That makes him Johnny Gibbs "Pa!"  ('The Brother-in-law' episode #5)
Still, having a father-in-law just a few months younger is an interesting concept!  A credit to Anderson's ability to morph into a character. He's listed as 6' 51/2" too.  Thanks Kurt Burgess for the info! 

John Anderson served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.  Anderson held a master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa.  He began his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod.

He later worked primarily in film and television.

Anderson played a snooping used-car salesman in Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho.

He is best known for his work in television in more than 500 roles.

One of many appearances and most rememberable was on Gunsmoke (1958), in the episode Buffalo Man, climaxed with a brutal fistfight between his character, Ben Siple (John Anderson) and Marshal Matt Dillon.  This action scene, from its build-up to its ending, would become the common sequence upon which generations of budding editors would cut their teeth in film school.

Chuck was born April 10, 1921  John was born  October 20, 1922 in Clayton, Illinois

Chuck died November 10, 1992  John died August 7, 1992 in Sherman Oaks,
California of a heart attack

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