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Stanley Anderson (October 23, 1939 – June 24, 2018) was an American actor.

Stanley Anderson
Stanley Anderson 2007.jpg
Stanley Anderson in 2007.
Born (1939-10-23)October 23, 1939
Billings, Montana, U.S.
Died June 24, 2018(2018-06-24) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–2005


Life and careerEdit

Anderson was born in Billings, Montana.[1] A Theatre Master's degree graduate of San Jose State University in the sixties, he began his professional acting career in 1967. Prior to 1990 and his work in film and television, Anderson had spent twenty-three years in over two-hundred productions as a professional actor working at Arena Stage, ACT, The Actors Company, and the California Shakespeare Festival, among others.

Anderson, perhaps best known for playing Drew Carey's father on ABC's The Drew Carey Show, began studying acting after returning from two years of military service in Korea. After undergraduate and graduate work at San Jose State University, where he appeared in sixteen 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, DC to join the prestigious 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 seventeen 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.

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. He died on June 24, 2018 at the age of 78.[2]



  • 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)


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