Character Actor Richard Anderson Has Died (Photos)

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Richard Anderson, a character actor whose career spanned five decades, has died. He was 91.

Anderson, who is probably most famous for portraying the boss of both "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman," died on Aug. 31 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, reports Variety.

On both popular 1970s shows he played Oscar Goldman, head of the Office of Scientific Intelligence, which was patterned on the CIA.

As Goldman, he provided the voiceover that began every "Six Million Dollar Man" episode: "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man."

Lee Majors, who played the role of the expensively bionic character Steve Austin, issued a statement following Anderson's death.

"Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him," said Majors. "I called him 'Old Money.' His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor."

"Bionic Woman" star Lindsay Wagner said: "I can't begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson."

Later, he appeared in the reunion movies “The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman” (1987), “Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman” (1989), and “Bionic Ever After?” (1994).

Among his earliest television jobs was a recurring role on "Perry Mason" in 1957.  He also worked on such television hits as "The Fugitive," "Gunsmoke," "Ironside" and "Dynasty."

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His first key role in feature film was the 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet,” in which he played chief engineer Quinn.

“That was the last of two dozen movies I did for MGM,” Anderson told Gannett’s the Spectrum in 2015, notes Variety.

“Sci-fi feature films were rather new in 1956, and it changed the genre forever. The whole movie was shot on one stage and, as filming progressed, the studio gave us more money and the best production staff. We turned out a first-class movie that’s still impressive today.”

Anderson was also fond of the 1958 horror film “Curse of the Faceless Man,” in which he played an archaeologist who disentombs the movie's namesake monster. “The only movie poster I have hanging in my home is from that film," he said in the Spectrum interview.

Other notable movie credits include "Path of Glory," directed by Stanley Kubrick, “The Long Hot Summer,” starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, the Pearl Harbor epic “Tora! Tora! Tora!"

"When people ask me where I received my education, I tell them it was at MGM-U," he once said, as quoted by IMDb. "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."

Sources: Variety, IMDb / Featured Image: Screenshot via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: IMDb, Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock via Variety

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