Michael Anderson Jr.

Michael Joseph Anderson Jr. (born 6 August 1943) is an actor whose 40 year career includes roles in The Sundowners, In Search of the Castaways,[1] The Sons of Katie Elder,[2] and Logan's Run. During the 1966 television season he starred as Clayt Monroe in The Monroes.[3]

Michael Anderson Jr.
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Michael Anderson Jr. in trailer for The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Born
Michael Joseph Anderson Jr.

(1943-08-06) 6 August 1943 (age 78)
OccupationActor
Years active1956–1998
Spouse(s)
Vikki Harrington
(m. 1966; div. 1973)
Maria O'Brien
(m. 1976; div. 1984)

Marina Anderson
(m. 1986; div. 1990)
Children4
Parent(s)
Don Murray and Michael Anderson Jr. in an episode of Police Story (1975)

Early lifeEdit

Anderson was born in Hillingdon, England on 6 August 1943,[4] the son of Betty Jordan and film director Michael Anderson.[5] He grew up wanting to act in his father’s films. He studied drama and ballet at Arts Educational Schools, London,[5] and by the age of 8 began performing on live radio and television shows. He also danced with the London Festival Ballet,[4] now the English National Ballet.

American acting careerEdit

Anderson’s first major American film was The Sundowners (1960). In 1962 he was cast as John Glenarvan in the Walt Disney film In Search of the Castaways.[4]

From September 7, 1966 to August 30, 1967 Anderson played 18-year-old Clayt Monroe, one of five orphaned siblings, in the ABC Western series The Monroes.[6] Before the series filming began it was reported that Anderson "spent five months getting rid of his English accent."[7]

In 1976 Anderson finally had a chance to act in one of his father’s films, playing Doc in Logan's Run.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Anderson married three times. From 1966 to 1973 he was married to Victoria Harrington. They had three children. From 1976 to 1984 he was married Maria O’Brien. They had one child. And from 1986 to 1990 he was married to Marina Anderson.[5]

On 12 December 1988 Anderson became a naturalized United States citizen. He retired from acting in 1998.[5]

FilmographyEdit

  • The House That Would Not Die (1970) - Stan Whitman
  • ' Hawaii Five-O TV Serial Season 3 Episode To Kill or Be Killed (1971) - Michael Rigney
  • The Last Movie (1971) - Mayor's Son
  • In Search of America (TV Movie - 1971) - J.J.
  • The Family Rico (TV Movie - 1972) - Georgie
  • The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie - 1972) - Cole Wetherall
  • Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Movie 1973) - Tommy Byrnes
  • Hawaii Five-O TV Serial Season 4 Episode - Sunday Torch (1973) - Ray Stokely
  • Evel Knievel (TV Movie - 1974) - Darrell Pettet
  • Shootout in a One-Dog Town (1974) - Billy Boy
  • Logan's Run (1976) - Doc
  • Fantasy Island - TV serial, ep. "The Over-the-Hill Caper/Poof!You're a Movie Star" (1978)
  • Nightkill (1980) - Lt. Donner
  • The Martian Chronicles (TV Miniseries - 1980) - David Lustig
  • The Million Dollar Face (TV Movie 1981)
  • CHiPs (TV Series - 1981, Season 5 Episode 25) - Lucas
  • Making of a Male Model (1983) - Sven
  • Love Leads the Way: A True Story (TV Movie - 1984) - Hank
  • Sunset Grill (1993) - Lt. Jeff Carruthers
  • Dieppe (TV Movie - 1993) - David Lean
  • Rent-a-Kid (1995) - Mr. Nicely
  • Terminal Rush (1996) - Harrison Dekker
  • Undue Influence (TV Movie - 1996) - Funeral Priest
  • Elvis Meets Nixon (TV Movie - 1997) - Secret Service Agent #2
  • Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (TV movie - 1998) - Lieutenant Von Meyer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin’s TV Movies and Video Guide, 1991 Edition, page 558 , Plum, 1990
  2. ^ The Sons of Katie Elder, The Big Trail, October, 1994, page 7
  3. ^ New TV Western Long On Simplicity, The Shreveport Journal, page 43, September 23, 1966
  4. ^ a b c Michael Anderson Jr…Rising Star, The Amarillo Globe-Times, page 26, June 18, 1965
  5. ^ a b c d Everett Aaker, Television Western Players, 1960 – 1975, pages 13 - 14, McFarland, Inc., 2017
  6. ^ Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 – Present, 1st Edition, pages 413 - 414, Ballantine Books, 1979
  7. ^ New TV Western Long On Simplicity, The Shreveport Journal, page 43, September 23, 1966
  8. ^ Michael Anderson Dead-Logan's Run, Around World 80 Days Director was 98, Hollywood Reporter, April 28, 2018]

Further readingEdit

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 6.

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