LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Anderson, the tall, good-looking actor greatest recognized for costarring concurrently in tv’s “The Six Million Greenback Man” and “The Bionic Lady” within the Nineteen Seventies, has died at age ninety one.
Anderson died of pure causes on Thursday, household spokesman Jonathan Taylor stated.
“The Six Million Greenback Man” introduced a brand new wave of supernatural heroes to tv. Based mostly on the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin, it starred Lee Majors as U.S. astronaut Steve Austin, who’s severely injured in a crash. The federal government saves his life by rebuilding his physique with atom-powered synthetic limbs and different elements, giving him superhuman power, velocity and different powers.
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Anderson performed Oscar Goldman, Majors’ boss on the secret authorities spy company the astronaut went to work for after turning into a cyborg.
The present started as a TV film in 1973 and when it proved successful it was became a weekly collection the next yr. Its reputation led to a 1976 spinoff present, “The Bionic Lady,” starring Lindsay Wagner. Anderson took on the Oscar Goldman position in that present, too, typically showing from week to week in each collection.
In “The Bionic Lady,” Wagner was a tennis professional whose physique was rebuilt after a close to-deadly skydiving accident. After acquiring powers just like these of “The Six Million Greenback Man,” she goes to work for a similar authorities company run by Anderson’s character.
The actor, who stood 6-ft-four, had begun his profession in 1949 with a small position as a wounded soldier in “12 O’Clock Excessive.” Quickly after, his comedy scenes in a TV collection referred to as “Lights, Digital camera, Motion!” drew the eye of MGM, which provided him a display check and a contract.
He had determined to attempt appearing after watching Gary Cooper films, and on the display check he carried out a scene from Cooper’s “The Cowboy and the Woman.”
At MGM he performed secondary roles in such films as “The Magnificent Yankee,” ”Throughout the Vast Missouri,” ”Scaramouche,” ”The Story of Three Loves,” ”The Scholar Prince,” ”Hit the Deck” and “Forbidden Planet.”
“When individuals ask me the place I acquired my schooling, I inform them it was at MGM U,” the Web Film Database quoted him as saying. “The most important classes that I discovered is that appearing is a expertise. You’ll be able to’t train it. And even in case you have the expertise, you need to get the half.”
When MGM started scaling down its contract listing within the late Nineteen Fifties,…