- Was inspired to become an actor as a child after seeing a Gary Cooper film, and later used a scene from Cooper's The Cowboy and the Lady for his MGM screen test.
- Served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
- Studied at the Actors' Laboratory in Los Angeles, which would later become the Actors' Studio in New York.
- Was discovered by an MGM talent scout while performing at the Laguna Playhouse in Santa Barbara, and offered a six-year contract.
- Played Caleb Cornish in a 1959 Broadway production of The Highest Tree.
- Katherine Thalberg — Ex-wife
- Robert Anderson — Brother
- Ashley Anderson — Daughter
- Olga Anderson — Mother
- Deva Justine Anderson — Daughter
- Harry Anderson — Father
- Carol Lee Ladd — Ex-wife
- Brooke Dominique Anderson — Daughter
- Birth Name: Richard Norman Anderson
- Birth Place: Long Branch, NJ
- Birthday: August 8, 1926, Leo
- Profession: Actor
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