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  • 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.


  • Harry Anderson — Father
  • Katherine Thalberg — Ex-wife
  • Robert Anderson — Brother
  • Carol Lee Ladd — Ex-wife
  • Brooke Dominique Anderson — Daughter
  • Olga Anderson — Mother
  • Deva Justine Anderson — Daughter
  • Ashley Anderson — Daughter

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  • Birth Name: Richard Norman Anderson
  • Birth Place: Long Branch, NJ
  • Profession: Actor

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