Richard Anderson
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Anderson was born August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey, the son of Olga (née Lurie) and Harry Anderson. Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'clock High (1949)) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a "screen test"-like TV series called "Lights, Camera, Action!" (1950) and impressed the right people at MGM, who offered him a contract. After leaving MGM he continued to dabble in movies while at the same time becoming a huge presence on TV.

He is probably best known for his role as Lee Major's and Lindsay Wagner's boss, Oscar Goldman in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman TV series and their 3 subsequent made for TV movies. In the 1990s, his fame continued as he served as narrator of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Beginning in the early 1950s, Anderson appeared in a number of TV shows including Zorro. The 1960s found Anderson making appearances in The Rifleman, Perry Mason (a recurring role as police lieutenant Steve Drumm, replacing the character of Lt. Tragg), Death Valley Days, I Spy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive (Richard Kimble's brother-in-law), Bonanza, and The Big Valley among others. In addition to his appearances on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman in the 70's, Anderson has more recently produced the TV-movie reprises of that series., Anderson also guest starred on Gunsmoke, Ironside, and The Love Boat. Anderson was just as busy in the 1980s guest starring on Charlie's Angels, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Cover Up, The Fall Guy, Simon & Simon, and Murder, She Wrote. Anderson also had a recurring role as Sen. Buck Fallmont on Dynasty from 1986-1987.

Anderson may also be remembered as a commercial spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in the United States known as the "The Shell Answer Man". Created by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, "The Shell Answer Man" appeared in commercials from 1976 to 1982.

Is one of the very few actors to play the same regular character on two different series simultaneously. From 1976 to 1978, he played Oscar Goldman on both "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974) and "The Bionic Woman" (1976).

Personal Quotes: When people ask me where I received my education, I tell them it was at MGM-U. The biggest lessons I learned is that acting is a talent. You can't teach it. And even if you have the talent you have to get a part.


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