Character actor Richard Anderson passed away Thursday after a Hollywood career spanning five decades.As Oscar Goldman, he was boss of both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, winning legions of fans in 1970s.He died age 91 at his home in Beverly Hills, Variety reported.
In a statement, Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors said he had spoken with Anderson just a few weeks ago and described him as a ‘sweet, charming man.”Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him,’ 78 years old actor said.’I called him ‘Old Money.’ His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor.,’ Majors added.Bionic Woman star Lindsay Wagner, 68, also paid tribute to Anderson.’I can’t begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson,’ she told.
While he enjoyed continuous success in television and film from 1950s onwards, Anderson will be best-remembered for his work alongside Lee Majors as Steve Austin and Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.The New Jersey native made his debut as the head of top secret Office of Scientific Intelligence in 1973 TV movie The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War.A second TV movie The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping followed before concept went to series, premiering in 1974.Anderson provided the famous introduction ‘Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have capability to make the world’s first bionic man.’In 1976, a spin-off The Bionic Woman debuted with Anderson playing same role of Goldman.That made him He was the first actor to portray same character on two TV series running concurrently on two networks after the show moved to NBC from ABC, according to THR.com.Both shows ran until 1978.
Anderson was also a staple in popular TV shows through 1960s, 70s and 80s.He had guest and recurring roles on such hits as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Ironside and Dynasty.On big screen, he got his big break when he was cast by Stanley Kubrick in his anti-war classic Paths Of Glory, released in 1957.He went on to star opposite Rock Hudson in John Frankenheimer’s 1966 sci-fi thriller Seconds.He also played Joanne Woodward’s boyfriend in 1958’s Long Hot Summer.