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Iconic Actor Passes Away

Hollywood has lost another famous actor.

Actor Richard Anderson, most famously remembered for his concurrent roles on “The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman," has passed away at the age of 91. As Newsmax shares, Anderson passed away at his home in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

For his most famous roles, Anderson played Oscar Goldman, leader of secret government agent the OSI, on both of the popular 1970’s television shows.

“Anderson famously intoned the words heard in voiceover in the opening credits of "The Six Million Dollar Man": "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better... stronger... faster," Newsmax shares.

Anderson had a lengthy career as a supporting actor that includes 186 credits. He recalled some of his more memorable roles during an interview with The Spectrum in 2015, including his role in the 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet."

"That was the last of two dozen movies I did for MGM. Sci-fi feature films were rather new in 1956, and it changed the genre forever,” he said. “The whole movie was shot on one stage and, as filming progressed, the studio gave us more money and the best production staff. We turned out a first-class movie that's still impressive today."

He was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in New York, and he fondly recalled watching Westerns in his youth. They would serve as inspiration for him once the acting bug took hold.

"The stories had heroes and happy endings - I really wanted to live in that world," Anderson said. "I was especially drawn to one actor who never said much, but used his body language to tell the story. That was Gary Cooper, who inspired me to get into the business."

Anderson had a number of memorable guest roles on shows such as "Charlie's Angels," "Knight Rider" and " Fantasy Island." Fans of “Dynasty” will recall him as ‘Buck Fallmont,’ a character he portrayed in a recurring role on the show from 1986 through 1987.

“Anderson was married twice, the first time to Carol Lee Ladd, the daughter of actor Alan Ladd, from 1955-56, the second time to Katharine Thalberg, the daughter of Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg, from 1961-73. Both marriages ended in divorce,” Newsmax adds.

"Norma Shearer was very nice to me; she liked and respected me. She gave us a party when we were married -- Judy Garland was one of the guests,” Anderson said. “Norma had a house on the beach, and when we visited her, she would talk about her career and how she 'had it all' at one time. She won a best actress Oscar ('The Divorcee' in 1930), and we still have it."

Anderson is survived by his three daughters: Ashley, Brooke and Deva. No word on funeral arrangements or memorial services at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Source: Newsmax
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