Actor Richard Anderson, 91, has died at his Beverly Hills home


He had nearly 200 roles during his six-decade career, in movies and V shows. He starred in “Bonanza,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Mod Squad.” His best-known roles were his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series between 1974 and 1978. He starred on the Disney television series Zorro (1958–59).


Richard Anderson, the star in “The Six Million Dollar Man”

He portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1987 miniseries, Hoover vs. The Kennedys. In the 1990s, he served as narrator and a recurring guest star for Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He served also as a commercial spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in the United States, known as The Shell Answer Man. In 2007, Anderson was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Anderson 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.” Anderson’s memoir, co-written with Alan Doshna, “Richard Anderson: At Last … A Memoir, From the Golden Years of M-G-M to The Six Million Dollar Man to Now,” was published in 2015.


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