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Stanley Anderson (October 23, 1939 – June 24, 2018) was an American actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Drew Carey's father on The Drew Carey Show.

Stanley Anderson
Stanley Anderson 2007.jpg
Stanley Anderson in 2007
Born(1939-10-23)October 23, 1939
DiedJune 24, 2018(2018-06-24) (aged 78)
Alma materSan Jose State University
Years active1964–2005

Early yearsEdit

Born in Billings, Montana,[1] Anderson attended Garfield Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High School, and Billings Senior High School.[2] He graduated from San Jose State University[3] in the 1960s with a theater master's degree,

He had two years of military service in Korea, where he served in a broadcasting post that he compared to the film Good Morning, Vietnam. Between returning from Korea and becoming an actor, he worked with display advertising in California.[2]


Anderson began his professional acting career in 1967. Prior to 1990 and his work in film and television, Anderson had spent 23 years in over 200 productions as a professional actor working at Arena Stage, ACT, The Actors Company, and the California Shakespeare Festival, among others.

After undergraduate and graduate work at San Jose State University, where he appeared in 16 productions, he and his wife, actress Judith Long, moved to Seattle, Washington, where they spent three years at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. After two years at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, Anderson headed to Washington, D.C., to join the Arena Stage. His debut with Arena Stage was in the starring role of "Randall P. McMurphy" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Anderson went on to spend 17 years with Arena Stage, appearing in nearly a hundred of their productions. During the years he was active in Arena Stage, Anderson lived with his wife and their son in Springfield, Virginia. In the mid-2000s they moved to the Los Angeles area of California.

In the early 1970s, Anderson was a member of the board of directors of Actors Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in addition to acting with the group.[4]

Anderson's films include Deceived, RoboCop 3 and The Pelican Brief. He played in both Michael Bay's movies The Rock and Armageddon the role of the US president. His TV guest appearances include The Practice, The X-Files, and he played "Judge Vandelay" in the Seinfeld episode "The Finale." Anderson continues to be heard as a major voiceover talent for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, PBS, and the History Channel documentaries as well as being a primary voice for Democratic issues and candidates.


Anderson died of brain cancer[3] on June 24, 2018, at the age of 78.[5]



  • When the Earth Quakes (1990) (TV) .... Narrator
  • Richard I: The Lion Heart (1994)
  • Ancient Mysteries (1996) TV Series .... Narrator (Origin of the Vampire) (unknown episodes)
    • ... aka Ancient Mysteries: New Investigations of the Unsolved (USA: video title)


  1. ^ "Billings Film School". Film Connection Film Institute. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Meyers, Christene (June 1, 1990). "Actor returns to Billings roots". The Billings Gazette. Montana, Billings. p. 7-D. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ a b "Stanley Anderson, 78". Classic Images (518): 44. August 2018.
  4. ^ Dietrich, Jean (August 23, 1970). "Four New Players to Join ATL". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. p. G 1. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via  
  5. ^ "Stanley Anderson, 'Spider-Man' and 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 78". The Hollywood Reporter.

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