Richard Anderson – Oscar Goldman – Dies

Character actor Richard Anderson died August 31 in his Beverly Hills home as a result of natural causes less than a month after his 91st birthday.

Richard_Anderson_in_I_Love_Melvin_trailerBy Trailer screenshot – I Love Melvin trailer, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3484714

Anderson appeared in nearly 200 productions but is best for his role as OSI head Oscar Goldman on “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”.

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Richard Norman Anderson was born on August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey but moved across country to Los Angeles while in high school. It was during high school that Anderson caught the acting bug but it wasn’t until after he served in the United States Army that he made acting his career.

Anderson made his professional acting debut in 1947 in “The Pearl”. Over the next 60 plus years he went on to appear in nearly 200 productions including “Across the Wide Missouri”, “Escape from Fort Bravo”, “Captain Midnight”, “Forbidden Planet”, “Paths of Glory”, “The Long Hot Summer”, “Zane Grey Theater”, “Zorro”, “Wagon Train”, “The Untouchables”, “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”, 26 episodes of “Bus Stop”, six episodes of “The Rifleman”, “Dr. Kildare”, four episodes of “The Lieutenant”, 26 episodes of “Perry Mason”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “12 O’Clock High”, “Mission: Impossible”, six episodes of “The Fugitive”, “Bonanza”, “The Wild Wild West”, five episodes of “The Big Valley”, “The Mod Squad”, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, 26 episodes of “Dan August” and four movies, “Hawaii Five-O”, seven episodes of “The F.B.I.”, “Gunsmoke”, five episodes of “Ironside”, 99 episodes of “The Six Million Dollar Man” and it’s subsequent movies, 58 episodes of “The Bionic Woman”, “Knight Rider”, “The Fall Guy”, “Fantasy Island”, 13 episodes of “Cover Up”, nine episodes of “Dynasty”, 83 episodes of “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, and his final role in 2015 in “The Blood Trail”.

As himself, Anderson appeared in documentaries, game shows, variety talk shows, and award shows.

He is survived by his daughters Ashley, Brooke, and Deva.

 


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