Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson (born May 13, 1945 or April 2, 1947) is an American actor. He is best known for his character roles such as Sam Gorpley on Perfect Strangers, Holland Manners on Angel, dentist Bernard Nadler on Lost and in film, as the principal in Forrest Gump.[1][2]

Sam Anderson
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Anderson in 2006
Born (1945-05-13) May 13, 1945 (age 75) or (1947-04-02) April 2, 1947 (age 73)
Alma materUniversity of North Dakota, Antelope Valley College
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Anderson

Early lifeEdit

Anderson was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He received an M.A. degree in American literature and creative writing at the University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin.[3] During the 1970s, he taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.


Anderson is best known for his roles as mailroom supervisor Mr. Gorpley on Perfect Strangers,[3] the lawyer Holland Manners on the first two seasons of Angel[4] and as Bernard on Lost.[5] He notably played the school principal in Forrest Gump.[6] He is also known as the assistant manager of the Hotel Royale in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Royale", and as Mike Seaver's adversarial Principal DeWitt on Growing Pains. In addition, he was one of the recurring actors on various episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, playing various roles, including an immigration officer in the episode "The Americanization of Ivan". Anderson has guest-starred in Season 8 of NCIS as Walter Carmichael, a middle school teacher whose classroom becomes a crime scene when one of his students is kidnapped.[7]




Awards and nominationsEdit

Ovation Awards

  • 2019: Nominated for Lead Actor in a Play for the role of Ichabod Banks in the Road Theatre Company production of The Bird and Mr. Banks[8]


  1. ^ Stafford, Nikki (2004). Once Bitten: An Unofficial Guide to the World of Angel. ECW Press. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-5502-2654-6.
  2. ^ "Sam Anderson". The Road Theatre Company.
  3. ^ a b Arkatov, Janice (February 8, 1992). "Sam Anderson Finds 'Nirvana' on His Road to Fame and Fortune". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Stafford, Nikki (2006). Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide. ECW Press. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-5549-0276-7.
  5. ^ Rosenfield, Kat; Boone, Brian (May 6, 2017). "The cast of Forrest Gump has changed a lot since 1994".
  6. ^ "A century at the Burtness". Grand Forks Herald. September 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Which Lost Castaway Is Crashing onto NCIS?". Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Ovation Nominees". October 20, 2009.

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